Reading Children's Books in your Target Language
For everyone who is ready to go beyond Duolingo and start reading, I am having GREAT success reading "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in Spanish. I previously tried reading another children's book which was a bit too advanced for me and I was taking too much time looking up unknown words, which discouraged me. Fortunately I decided to try again with "Charlie" last night. I only spent 10 minutes exploring, but I can already tell that this book is at my level. I HIGHLY recommend investing in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in Spanish. I bought mine on Amazon. I will probably read "Charlie and the Glass Elevator" after I finish this book!
The first children's book I read in Spanish was Freckle Juice (Jugo de Pecos) by Judy Blume, it was an easy read but gave me the confidence to do more. I've also read Charlotte's Web (La Telerana de Carlota) and am now attempting (again) the first Harry Potter. A former Spanish teacher of mine once said to read books that I've read already in English so I know the basic plot and can just focus on learning vocabulary. Happy reading!
Thanks for the recommendation. I started "La Boda" by Nicholas Sparks yesterday. This is my first attempt at a novel. I find that in English his writing is fairly uncomplicated. Add to that that I've recently read this particular novel. Hoping for success with reading the Spanish translation.
I'll check out "Charlie" next. Thanks again!
Great choice! It's much better to start simple, read plenty and keep going, rather than to try to read something very difficult, bog down and stop.
Enjoy your book! Since you like R.D. (as I do), try Boy: relatos de infancia sometime, which is autobiographical. It's written for kids, but I read it as an adult (in English) and found the details of life nearly 100 years ago to be fascinating.
I have enough trouble finding Where's Waldo in English. Imagine where the @%$# can hide in Portuguese. lol