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Post by Nellbathory » 04 Apr 2019, 08:37

I am so glad to hear someone had as much of a hard time as I did. English is not my first language and even when I translated those terms I didn't know what they meant! I mean I live in a country that's hours away from any kind of sea or ocean and only saw it like once in my life. I have never been on a ship or something like that which made it really difficult to understand most of the vocab there. But still kudos to those who did understand and no hate to the author about it. It was a good book despite the dictionary trips.

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Post by Prisallen » 04 Apr 2019, 16:48

These were all new words for me, as well. So, I tried to figure out what they meant by the context in which they were used, as much as possible, and I tried to focus on the storyline. I don't think it really impacted my understanding of the story.

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Post by NL Hartje » 05 Apr 2019, 09:19

I certainly don’t skim books, but I will admit to eventually overlooking consistently used words that are foreign to me. If they don’t have bearing on the story (like emotion or action words) I generally just don’t bother myself with them. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll look it up on its first appearance, but I won’t take the time to continually rereference.
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Post by aolayide » 06 Apr 2019, 12:19

I am actually indifferent about the sea voyage terminologies used. Did i understand them perfectly? No. Was I irritated with them? No. I think the entire story has a good flow to it.

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Post by Swat3737 » 06 Apr 2019, 20:50

My favorite aspect of reading ebooks is the ease of looking up definitions, which I used often in reading Adrift. I was slightly familiar with the language of boats/sailors but still looked up a lot of definitions.
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Post by Eclecticmama » 07 Apr 2019, 01:04

Oh my word, the dictionary has come in handy with this one for me. At one point I looked up four words on one page, which drastically slowed me down.
It was a minor irritation, but didn’t ruin the story. It was made much easier using the dictionary right in the kindle, though!

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 08 Apr 2019, 20:15

I found I had to keep looking words up! I have absolutely zero knowledge of nautical language..until now that is!

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Post by Smiley 25 » 08 Apr 2019, 22:16

The nautical terms throughout the book caused me to read slower than normal. I am slightly familiar with boats and some of the terms still stumped me. I agree with the above comment: it would have been nice if the author had put the definitions for these terms in the footnotes, or even in the front of the book for reference. The most confusing terms for me were wiper, reefer, and lee. One entire sentence boggled my mind completely: “we’ll go into the foc’sle, find some come alongs, use them to get the loop of the cable over the bits.” Even the character, Travis, was confused by that one. :lol2: I laughed when I read that part.

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Post by Stephanie Elizabeth » 09 Apr 2019, 15:21

The most foreign words for me were "aft" and "winches" I kept dismissing them in the beginning but eventually thought it was important to look them up!

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Post by B Creech » 09 Apr 2019, 16:23

I was familiar with some of the terms, but also learned a few! I really didn't react to any of the terms in one way or another, I just read them and moved on!
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Post by Katherine Smith » 12 Apr 2019, 16:53

Some of the terms in the book were slightly familiar to me because I have watched movies and television shows that focused on sailing. The word that confused me was aft and I didn't know if that was a typo or not. I had the look it up to find out what it meant before returning to the story.
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Post by Lady-of-Literature » 12 Apr 2019, 17:00

I could hardly understand what the sea terms meant, my knowledge begins and ends with Pirates of the Carrabiean. Still, I had no trouble researching the terms when necessary. I liked it actually. It further engrossed into the world of a sailor.

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Post by frowngoclownfish » 12 Apr 2019, 22:35

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I basically just ignored the nautical vocabulary and focused more on the story. It didn't bother me, but it did show that the author was used to the terms since he had experience on boats himself.
I've never considered ingoring the terms. I'm the type of person who has to read every single word or I feel like I've missed an important part of the story. Did it make following the story any harder than normal?
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Post by Miriam Molina » 13 Apr 2019, 21:14

I am no mariner, but those words need to be there for realism. Sheldon was a fisherman and sailor so he could wield those words easily. I didn't mind them, but I'm sure the ship-savvy appreciate them.
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Post by EllieLieberman » 16 Apr 2019, 23:31

I thought the terminology was cool. I hardly understood any of it, but I felt it helped set the scene and made the story feel more authentic. My experience with reading it kind of reminded me of when I read A Clockwork Orange. At first it was impossible for me to understand, but as I got going it was easier to understand. None of it stuck when I finished the book, but while I was reading, I was able to get the gist of what they were saying based on context clues.

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