>context is inherently lost in even the best professional translation
>learning every major language on earth is not a reasonable task to undergo
how to cope with this feel
>tfw dream of being able to speak/read english, spanish, french, italian, german, and russian
>tfw dream of being able to read latin and ancient greek
>tfw struggling to achieve reading proficiency in even three modern languages, let alone an ancient one
Fuck. I just want to pick up books in foreign languages and read them. And talk to cute girls I overhear speaking French or Italian.
Only petty puns, jokes and functions of the limitations of culture are lost in translation. The broader meanings and themes of humanity are kept intact. Some of my favorite books are translated works by foreign authors.
All you need to know is Russian, French and Japanese. If you don't already speak the languages, date women who do.
You mean Chinese.
Really, Latin and Greek should be good, but they're so fucking awful as languages (and so fucking useless outside of /lit/) that it's not worth it unless you're *super* into classical lit.
Recently I had to write on Robinson Crusoe. I read in English but cited from Hebrew translation and ts amazing how so much of the economic and calculated tone got lost in translation.