It is possible to start reading in a different language if you keep a dictionary next to you. Every time you encounter a word you do not know, you look it up and continue to the next one.
After an unreasonable amount of time you will need the dictionary less and less and less.
Penn Jillette says: What separates non-magicians from magicians is that magicians go to extraordinary lengths to do the unreasonable thing.
Extraorinary lengths to do the unreasonable thing: That does look like magic.