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Spanish Short Stories for Beginners: 20 Captivating Short Stories to Learn Spanish & Grow Your Vocabulary the Fun Way! (Easy Spanish Stories nº 1) (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition
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- File size : 6342 KB
- Publication date : January 8, 2018
- Print length : 212 pages
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1983807893
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : Spanish
- ASIN : B078WRXYM7
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,506 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I enjoy the book's structure. Each story is followed by a glossary, summaries in English and Spanish, and several comprehension questions. The full stories are not available in English.
Unfortunately, the book is not written for beginners. I am an intermediate reader and speaker and had to keep my Spanish dictionary app open at all times to frequently look up words that were not contained in the glossary. Another thing to note is that it seems as though the book is written in the Castilian dialect which was, at times, challenging.
And, finally, the authors of the book are anonymous. Nowhere does it provide information about them, their backgrounds, or experiences in teaching Spanish.
When I think beginner I think of a children's book with one or two lines of text and many large and engaging illustrations. Would you start a beginning student in any language with a ninth grade level text? No, I say.
Best Wishes on your journey!
That said, like others have mentioned, this is definitely not for the complete beginner. If I hadn't been learning Spanish on and off with Babbel and Duolingo for a couple years then I would have been completely lost. Even with the Spanish practice and learning I've had I still wrote all sorts of notes throughout the book.
I'd recommend it for beginner/intermediate speakers. It's definitely a big help when coupled with a good language program/app.
Top reviews from other countries
Now we turn to this book with its ‘captivating Spanish stories for beginners’. For beginners!! This is a joke. if you know the imperfect subjunctive (se diera cuenta) you’ll be okay. It crops up throughout. The present subjunctive is a challenge all on its own There are also less common words used as well as Latin American. These are stories for well-read intermediate Spanish learners. Okay beginners: translate ‘de repente sus labios se despegaron ligeramente en asombro’. (Suddenly his lips parted slightly in amazement). How would you translate: ‘she rushed to open the door’. Why not: ‘his mouth opened in amazement’ and plain simple: ‘she opened the door’?
If you are a beginner, you want to read simple sentences with a gentle vocabulary build up.. Expressions and vocabulary needs to repeated. Beginners give up if they looking into the dictionary at every line. A beginner is not going to make sense of: ‘evitense un castigo y evitenmelo a mi’. This is too smart arse. (Actually it makes little English sense in the translation given by LingoMastery.)
After this effort, I wouldn’t trust this company to run a bath let alone a language course. Beginners would be better off reading the periodical ‘20 Minutos’ available within the app Noticias Espana. Short simple familiar news stories of the day plus some insights into Spanish life. Highly recommended.