https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gabbydog

5/5 on my test

I know it does not mean I'm fluent by any means but… I am so proud I got a five out of five on my duo lingo progress exam! I have been reading spanish novels almost every day and I think that is really helping!

September 9, 2015

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Teehj

Nice. Any recommendations for Spanish novels for beginners?

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gabbydog

I would start with you favorite simple english book translated into spanish like Harry Potter!

September 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Teenage_Polyglot

Nice job!

September 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndyBarker2

Congrats, I read spanish novels a lot too. I'll list a few of what I have read in the hope it will help others. For beginners on Amazon they have a range of graded reader ebooks. I used these at first, I think I read them all. in particular the 'readit' graded readers are excellent. They have re-written classics for levels A1 and A2 which are great fun.

Intermediate - start with books you've read in your native language (I read the Harry Potter books) then progress to Young Adult fiction or less complex books. Try Carlos Ruiz Zafon. La Sombra del viento is excellent.

The idea is to get to authentic native content as soon as you possibly can.

Oh and one little tip, for every hour spent reading spend two hours listening. Again to native content. Duo will make you a decent reader but listening is another ballpark alltogether!

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fay306893

What do I search for on Amazon to find these books?

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndyBarker2

Search for 'Libros español. 'Graded readers spanish' 'Spanish novels' you'll find a lot of learning books mixed in but just ignore those.

September 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aejira

Thanks for the advice, it's always good to see another way to approach language-learning from other people +1 :3

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VeeDrawStuff

Congrats!

Hey GabbyDog . . . what are the top 3 or 5 novels that you recommend?

September 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gabbydog

Start with Harry Potter in Spanish Then move on to Like water for chocolate then finally anything by Gabriel Garcia Marquez! (but be aware, it is super hard! I am struggling with it right now!)

September 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndyBarker2

And whatever you do don't start with Don Quixote lol

September 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/urikojhey

Wow that's cool !

September 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_ava_a24

Yes it should be! I know it has for me!

September 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KoolKat09

good job!

September 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MalaikaWalker0

cool1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fay306893

WOW , that is great. Do not think I will ever be at that point

September 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gabbydog

Looks like you are well on your way :)!

September 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JTofSpades01

Great job!

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LukeSpains

Buen trabajo :)

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KarlBenesc

Felicitaciones!

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DetErMinNavn

Good job!

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marybridges

That's wonderful!

September 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Terror2s

That's great. Can you recommend some easier ones? Thanks.

September 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gabbydog

Yes! Start with Harry Potter (i bet you have already read it in english so that will make it easier)!

September 15, 2015
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