Language. A beautiful thing. It lets us communicate our thoughts and feelings and express ourselves verbally. But there are a LOT of them! I mean, there are roughly 6,500 languages spoken in the world today.
As a writer who writes in English, I find this thought daunting. How can I get my stories to others in the world when I can’t write in their language?
So I’ve thought of a task that I’d like to take on this year–choose a language and translate one of my stories into it. I’d love to reach out beyond the borders of one language. I mean, there is a HUGE world out there with millions of people who read books just like me.
One of the other things to think about when choosing which language is MARKET. Meaning, if I choose Mandarin vs. French, what is the likelihood that a) anyone who speaks those languages would buy my work or b) I can get those translations into their hands.
It’ll be a challenge, that’s for sure. But I’d really like to see what I can do.
Do YOU speak any other languages? Or have you ever heard of a book in another language that you wish you could read? I’d love to hear your thoughts!