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What was your first book you read in Spanish?

¡Hola! Mis amigos de Duolingo.

¿Qué estaba el primero libro usted leer en español?

What was the first book you read in Spanish? I would, like to take a stab at reading a book that is in the 4th- 6th grade reading level. As this I believe this would be the next logical step. So far, I have been;

  1. watching telenovelas and tv shows on Netflix and putting the audio onto Spanish.

  2. reading news articles on-line in Spanish first few paragraphs then using google translate to see how well I understood what I read.

Looking forward to hear what book you read as your first book.

¡Buena suerte, con sus estudios!

May 31, 2018



¿Qué estaba el primero libro usted leer en español?

Cuál fue el primer libro que leíste en español? ;)


Thank you for giving me the proper way to ask this question.

Is there a rule as to when to use estaba o fue? So I can try learn which word should be used.


"Fue" is the preterite of the verb "ser" (and also "ir"), and "estaba" is the imperfect of the verb "estar" (both in the 3rd person sing.). So you have two different tenses and verbs here. I hope this will help you understand the difference between "ser" and "estar". Keep it up ;)


I actually read “Green Eggs and Ham” and “Doctor De Soto” in Spanish with an English copy of each for reference. I don’t have them anymore since I had to give away a lot of things in order to move but bilingual books and comparing multiple copies in different languages are a good way to read without a dictionary.


El leon, la bruja, y el armario. (The Lion, the witch, and the wardrobe.) It's the first book in the Chronicle of Narnia series. Unfortunately, I couldn't access the book in a Latin American Spanish version. I would have preferred the more familiar dialect. Still, it was a good book to practice with. I uploaded an epub version to ReadLang to help me with unfamiliar words and phrases. :)


I would like to thank everyone for their input as to what their first book that they read was!

Thanks again!

¡Buena suerte, con sus estudios!


Whatever you decide to read, I highly recommend reading it on a Kindle with a bilingual dictionary installed: https://gregreflects.blogspot.com/2014/09/how-to-read-foreign-novel-on-kindle.html

The first book I (tried to) read was Charlotte's Web. You'd think it would be simple, but all the vocabulary!! I was spending forever looking up words like manure, gosling, trough, pail, stool, bucket, whinny, neigh, etc.

One of the first books I read on the Kindle was "The Help" (Mujeres and Criadas) and it was wonderful. Lots of normal household vocabulary, and an excellent story. Not juvenile level, so maybe a bit tough to start out with.

Many people enjoy the Harry Potter series, but it seems to me that there's a ton of odd vocabulary in those books too - wizard, witch, cast, spell, wand... not to mention the made-up words like quidditch.

There is a way to search on Amazon for books pertaining to a certain age range:
Hover over "Departments" then hover over "Books and Audible" and then click on "Kindle"
In the left-hand margin, click "Foreign Languages" and then when it reloads click "Spanish"
Also in the left-hand margin, click "Juvenil"
Not sure but you can see if this link works.


Well I have to say, that I'm not shocked to hear, that the Harry Potter series is popular. I read the first book in while still in middle school when it was published in 1998.

Wow, it is hard to believe that Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone is turning 20 year old this year.

Boy, oh boy does time fly by!


La Bíblia para Principantes. It is a bilingual Bible for 4 year olds, and extremely popular with young readers. Plus, it's a great way to improve my own Spanish vocabulary and grammar. Once you master that, move on to La Bíblia en Acción and The Action Bible. Both are excellent comic book Bibles, one in Spanish and the other in English.


the first book i read was a prayer book, also i have been working on the magic tree house books en espanol as well. If you can get them i would highly recommend them


Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal

It has more than 1500 new words. I have them in a Parley flashcard file, but in a format that is not compatible with TinyCards.

Hay más de 1500 palabras nuevas en él. Tengo una fila de Parley, una programa de flashcards, pero no es compatible con TinyCards.

I have since finished all of the Harry Potter books, and moved on to Don Quixote. Acababa de leer todos los libros de Harry Potter, y ahora leo El Ingenio Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha.

I can recommend zarzuelas on YouTube. La Verbena de la Paloma is the most popular, but there are at least a hundred others. Many of the librettos are available on the Web in free PDFs.

Puedo recomender las zarzuelas en YouTube. La Verbena de la Paloma es la más popular, pero existen más de cien otras. Muchos de los libretos están disponibles en la red en PDFs libres.


I read "Harry Potter y el prisioniero de Azakaban" after two years of Spanish classes (although at very different levels, there was a school change in between). We then read a few books adapted for Spanish learners in class, but considering that meant things like a version of Don Quixote that was 50 pages long, that wasn't much fun. The first book I read in Spanish that was originally Spanish was Manuel Puig's "El beso de la mujer araña". Can't recommend that at anything but an advanced level, thanks to the slightly confusing structure and being heavy on Argentinian dialect.

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