Children's Books: step-by-step method for increasing vocab and speaking skills
Here's how to use children's books to increase your vocabulary and practice speaking.
1) Purchase a simple children's book, either bilingual or all in Spanish (bilingual is better if you're at the beginner level). I'm currently using books from the Bilingual Fairy Tales series: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks=bilingual+fairy+tales
2) Read through the book a couple of times, not worrying about what the individual words mean, but just seeing if you can get the main idea of what's going on. Read out loud.
3) Now you're going to start working on it one page at a time. Read only the first page out loud. Then go through the page sentence by sentence and write down the words you don't know on a separate piece of paper or in a journal. Translate them.
4) Read the list of translated words and then read the page again out loud.
5) Wait one day. It's very important that you do this one day at a time to give your brain time to process everything. Read the translated words first. Now read pages 1 and 2. Translate all the unfamiliar words from page 2. Now read through the list of Day 2 words, and then read page 2 again out loud.
6) Repeat each day, adding one page per day.
You will be amazed at how much vocabulary you remember by the end of the book and at how much your pronunciation improves and how much faster you're reading. It's also really fun to read through an entire book and understand it completely.
This looks like a good idea. What you could do is go down to your local library and get books from there! :)
Great idea! I've tried reading children's books before, but I lost interest and it didn't help much. This method seems more effective, though. Thanks! :)
a really great series is the Spanish novels by Paco Ardit. (If you search that on Amazon they will come up.) They start at beginner (short sentences, all in present tense) and go through adv. beginner through intermediate. The books are not too long, and they are well graded to level so you don't get hit with something too hard at the beginning if you want to do immersion reading. Unfortunately I think they are only on Kindle, but if you have a subscription, they are free.