A good way of enjoying Tolkien when you are not proficient in English is to have both a copy of its transaltion into one's native speech, and its English text. Then you are opening both of them and if you can't understand English, you just switch to the translated version. And it also helps a lot to learn English... and in such a pleasant way!
However, Tolkien is NOT written in modern English and if you will learn English from LOTR and then start to speak to ordinary people like Eomer or Faramir... well, you will sound quite strange! This happened to me... and I'm still not entirely at ease with modern English expresssions.
For instance, what does that mean, LOL? Everybody is using that expression here and I'm feeling more and more foolish because I can't get its meaning!
Another silly question: I always thought that a PC is simply a "personal computer" - but apparently this can also be an insult... and I cannot somehow imagine that anybody could insult anyone by calling him a "personal computer" (although my opinion about personal computers is not very high!.)
Is PC a "pig chauvinist" (my guess...) or am I totally stupid?
Good people, help a poor stranger to understand you better! :)[Edited on 20/2/2002 by Eryan]