Using Children's books
I've begun my first pass through my Spanish tree, and I've really been enjoying this program (havent mssed a day yet!). One thing that I've considered since I started last week was picking up some childrens books in spanish. Nothing crazy, Golden Books level of stuff. Has anyone tried this? Any success with it?
Yep! Sometimes I would go to the library and check out some children's books in Spanish. People would look at me strangely. xD
I actually have a collection of Spanish books now. It really is helpful. :)
I have done the same, although in my case it's French.
I think it's a great way of helping you immerse yourself in your target language. It's also another way of getting exposed to simple idioms and the natural/practical flow of the language.
Good luck and keeping studying! :)
Hi, in my case I have begun with English, and this program is helping me a lot.
¡Buena suerte con el español!
Yep. Books from Stine's "Goosebumps" series. Get one in Spanish, a copy in English, a dictionary, and plow through. Books like Harry Potter have much more vocabulary.
I tried this after finishing my tree and found even basic kid's books could be tricky. If you are going to do it I'd suggest picking a book you know well in English. That way you'll often pick up unknown words and phrases without having to refer to a Spanish dictionary. You can even do this with a book more advanced than Golden Book level (it will make little difference). I did it with Harry Potter. At the start I struggled, having to check words every sentence, but by the end I was reading most sentences unaided. Another tip: if you are reading on an electronic device keep a dictionary open (Spanishdict's combined three are great) so you can cut and paste any difficult words or phrases. You'll find you have to do this less and less as you progress :)
I used to do this for Korean when I worked at an elementary school in South Korea. My students would giggle watching me read books they are reading as if I were studying some college level literature book. I took a picture of all the books I read in the school's library. It's kind of weird, but they feel like trophies I won. I think it's a great idea, because the sentence structure and vocabulary are low enough to give you more confidence with the language.
I did that awhile back, the Gideons publish a nice parallel New Testament.
Thanks. I looked up some of them. There is one that has German, French and English!
Things aren't any easier just because they are children's books, unless they are "learn to read" books. Most kids books are read to children fluent in Spanish by their parents.
The first book I read in Spanish was Camus - the Outsider. An easier book would be anything by Paulo Coelho. These writers write / wrote in a minimal style and that is preserved in their translations.
The first book I tried to read in Spanish was Harry Potter... way harder to read than Camus! Don't try that till you're advanced. A better book at a high level is the Book Theif. It was really well translated and is a good read. By the time you are at that level you can read any book, but a lot of books (Like Garcia Marquez) will teach you vocabulary that isn't used on a day to day basis. Think "lugubrious" vs "alcove". Both low frequency words, but one is much easier to use in conversation than the other.