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Can some of you suggest some basic Spanish books for beginners?

I have completed the tree. I can understand the sentences. I want to learn more in Spanish. Suggest ways to improve. Is there a good book on Spanish grammar? Storybooks? novels? etc. Plz suggest.

June 12, 2018



You can try with this simplified version of "Lazarillo from Tormes" a well-know spanish tale written in the XVI century. There are eight chapters on it, you can ask for a dictionary if you found some words you don't know, it is a synthethic version but wonderful for Spanish begginer. ¡Buena suerte y disfrute su lectura! ;-) http://www.elhuevodechocolate.com/cuentos/lazaro1.htm


Gracias por la ayuda :)


Whatever you choose to read, I highly recommend using a Kindle (regular Kindle or PaperWhite, not a Kindle app or a Kindle Fire) with a foreign-language dictionary installed, if you can afford it. https://gregreflects.blogspot.com/2014/09/how-to-read-foreign-novel-on-kindle.html

You can browse Amazon's "foreign language" books and select books for juveniles. Some of them are quite reasonable.

Cajas de Cartón is frequently recommended. It's used in a Spanish class at my school. I've not read it myself, but it's on my list.


The app has had dictionary support for years now. I use it with a Spanish-English dictionary on my iPad. Works great!


Gracias por la ayuda


watch the movie 7 anos on netflix if u can


Do you mean años?


They are VERY different movies. :P


Had me laughing. I only know the difference since I was playing Scrabble against the computer (in Spanish) and thought the computer was cheating with "años" without the tilde over the "n".

It would be a completely different movie!


if you are looking for easy storybooks, I recommend Elephant and Piggie, Dr Seuss, or any children's books in Spanish. They can actually really help :) you can probably find them at your local library, and if you want something a bit harder, they also have some chapter books in Spanish at most libraries.


The author Paco Ardit has a series of ability-leveled Spanish novels available on Amazon. They are quite interesting with plots and characters appealing to adults. The titles progress smoothly from elementary to advanced levels with increasingly longer, more complex sentences and greater use of more abstract vocabulary.


Bar none the best is a text-book / work-book Complete Spanish Step-by-Step https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Spanish-Step-Barbara-Bregstein/dp/1259643417/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1528846325&sr=8-1&keywords=complete+spanish+step (not an affiliate link) for only $17, has 556 pages

Skim it first, then go back and start working on it. You can write in it, but I use a separate notebook.


Using Spotify is also helpful, they have playlists full of lessons in Spanish that you can listen to at any time. Also, listening to Spanish music is very helpful. I know these aren't books but it is still great!


First book I read after completing the Duolingo spanish tree was "El curioso incidente del perro a medianoche". From what I learned on Duolingo and memrise, it was still a challenge, but i really enjoyed it.

Actually I tried several novels and was just lost and frustrated. A good piece of advice is to try the sample chapters on Google play and Amazon to see if it is something you can read and/or will enjoy. (Don't try "cien años de soledad"! Read a few before trying that! Hehe)


Is there a book you can probably recite word for word? If so, get that book in the Spanish version. You already know many of the words in that book so you would easily be able to read, follow the story and pick out miscellaneous Spanish words that you don't recognize.


"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" in Spanish is pretty good. It is very conversational and every day vocabulary. Though it is a long book to read all the way through in Spanish.


The Sarah and Duck books don't seem to be available as Spanish books, but there are Sara y Pato videos on Netflix and YouTube.

There are Richard Scarry books in Spanish. Look at Amazon, and then look at other books that Amazon suggests.

GoComics.com has a substantial collection of comic strips in Spanish.

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