https://www.duolingo.com/PapaMufflon

Finished my first book

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I just finished reading my first book, Los juegos del hambre! It took me two and a half years to end it.

I'm a slow learner and only have a limited time per day, so I created the following routine for me: I read it nearly every day for so long until I find two new words. In the beginning, that meant to not even complete a sentence per day. After several months, there were paragraphs with no new words. That felt really good. And now, in the last week I read several pages :)

In all, I learned 1823 new words (thank you Anki for the statistics!). I already downloaded my next book: En llamas (juegos del hambre II). My goal is to finish reading all parts and then tackle my favorite book of all: El amor en los tiempos del cólera. I can't wait to read it in its original language!

Just stick with it.

July 7, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/ClarkStephen
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Felicitaciones. Estoy leyendo "Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal".

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PapaMufflon
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Gracias. Conozco los libros de Harry Potter muy bien. Quieré tratar algo diferente. Mucho divertido con Harry!

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/elizadeux
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I'm on the 4th Harry Potter book in Spanish and plan to read them all. It's started to get easier and easier than when I first started a few years ago. Thanks Duolingo!

One day I hope to graduate to books for adults.

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Mokurai
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What about learning to understand spoken Spanish?

Is there anybody you could talk to? Do you get Spanish channels on cable or satellite? Have you look at Spanish language plays and zarzuelas and so on on YouTube?

I can kind of make out the news on Al Punto, but not the commentary on fútbol, although it's getting a bit easier as I watch and listen more.

I was able to watch the group stages of la FIFA Copa del Mundo on Telemundo, but they require a subscription to watch the later stages.

July 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Fran.G_88
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There are a few good spanish series on netflix. (la casa de papel, el gran hotel, etc...) So you can start with english subtitles, watch again with spanish and than later on with no subtitles at all ;)

July 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PapaMufflon
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I'm watching Easy Spanish on YouTube for that: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAL4AMMMXKxHDu3FqZV6CbQ

July 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MemeMcQueen116

you probably know this and just made a mistake but assuming you meant to say "I wanted" it's "quise" not "quieré" :)

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PapaMufflon
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(-.-) I should train my grammar again... Thank you for pointing that out!

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Mokurai
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He leido todos los libros de Harry Potter en inglés y español.

Ahora respondo a preguntas sobre ellos en Quora en ambos idiomas. Y preguntas sobre otros temas.

https://es.quora.com/profile/Edward-Cherlin

July 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/wolfpuppy1

I've always said that the best way to learn a language, other than total immersion, is to read. Just like when you first started learning in 1st grade, with the easy readers, then working your way up. As you gain vocabulary, your reading speed and comprehension will dramatically improve and, before long, you will be finishing books in days, not years. Good luck to you.

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ginasem

Wow. That is a very interesting way to read a book. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. What a great idea that is. I would have never thought of that. I am going to take inspiration from you and do the same thing. Did you use the books that they have on this website under the “Labs” tab? I want to follow your example exactly. I want to add all those words to my vocabulary. That is amazing. Congratulations on your accomplishment. I am so impressed with your determination, and the patience to finish the book. That says a lot about what kind of person you are and it is all good things. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I am inspired by you.

July 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ginasem

Oh my goodness. I just translated the title of your book. No wonder it took you so long. I was impressed before but now my mind is blown. I already read the english version so I don’t think I want to do that book in Spanish. Where do you get books like that in Spanish? I that’s probably a stupid but I really don’t know where to find them.

July 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PapaMufflon
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Amazon has books in a lot of languages. And nearly every book has free first chapters if you download the kindle edition. That makes a free learning experience ;)

July 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Mereade
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Depends on where you live. Due to the stupid geoblocking still being in place, people from many countries have no legal way to buy ebooks (or download sample chapters) in foreign languages. No shop will sell them, not even amazon. Except for hyperold stuff that is not so great for language learning, you can download that from project guttenberg and similar sites.

So, it is about the alternatives. Everyone is allowed to buy a paper book from abroad, pay for the delivery, and wait a few weeks until (whether) it arrives.

Or there are alternative websites with pirate copies of the ebooks. I would prefer not to use them but my only legal way to get an epub is to have a paper book delivered and then retype it in the computer, which is more than foolish.

July 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PapaMufflon
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Oh come on, you make me blush ;) When I started reading, I think there was no Labs tab. So no, haven't started with that yet. But they look interesting. I think I will give them a try :) Have fun experiencing the progress from understanding sentences, paragraphs to whole pages!

July 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/B10ndie
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I thinks that's amazingly dedicated and organised. I recently read Marques' One Hundred Years of Solitude, but not enough language to consider the original.

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PapaMufflon
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I love that magical book also. Márquez in general was a great author! Just continue with learning Spanish and you'll be able to read that book in its original language too. 15 Minutes per day is more than enough!

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/B10ndie
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Quiero leer El Amor En Los Tempos Del Colera. Y ahora yo compre este libro. Gracias! Todo es posible!

July 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Stardust103158

Ah, that is a noble goal! I bought books in my target languages to motivate myself to learn the languages.

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/uni-cat

Congrats! This is a huge milestone and I'm no where near completing it! Enjoy a lingot!

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Finn_Spencer

COOL

July 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Brad814053

How do I download these books.? Thanks

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Gaius_Plinius

For a free, yet safe and legal option, try your local library. Many libraries offer digital options and audiobooks.

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PapaMufflon
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I bought them from Amazon. A lot of them have free first chapters. If you have no budget for buying them, download only the first chapters from some books for training. But I guess this will be a bit frustrating stopping a book after the first chapter...

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/B10ndie
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That's a good tip; thanks.

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Brad814053

Gracias

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dawn.Ryan

After reading all the comments, i'm thinking of the "Great Illustrated Classics" series and wondering if those are printed in Spanish! And whether my library carries them! Here i go to find out!!

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dawn.Ryan

...and it's not a thing :( Dang, i was so excited.

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dawn.Ryan

but... The Boxcar Children! I used to love that series, and remember reading it in first grade, so it's gotta be do-able!

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/sentryrose

You must be a teacher. No one I know has ever heard of the Great Illustrated Classics! I wanted to read my way through them prior to tackling many of the actual classics in full text. So.. am I right? Are you a teacher? :-)

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Wendy67649

I know of them and I am not a teacher. Although, I love books. ;-)

July 9, 2018

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It's an easy reader -series, correct? I can wholeheartedly recommend the "Easy Readers - Lecturas fáciles" -series, but I'm not sure how simple it would be to find books from that series as they must've been printed already during the 70s.

There's a picture every 3-4 pages, to explain some of the words, and there's footnotes of the more uncommon words as well on each page. The text has also been simplified a bit, and the series has books for levels A-D (vocabulary requirements ranging from 500 to 3000 I think).

https://www.amazon.com/Las-Inquietudes-Shanti-Andia-Lecturas/dp/8742977320

July 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Glen341948
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Well done! That takes a lot of perseverance. If you are using a Kindle. It has an on-line dictionary you can purchase for translating words.

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PapaMufflon
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I'm using the kindle app on my smartphone. The advantage here is that I have the dictionary for free and also the Bing translator build in.

July 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Mokurai
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There are several free Spanish-English dictionaries online.

Wiktionary

WordReference

Google Translate

and more.

July 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Kenzie2090

hola estupendo

July 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Vagabond18

Good work! I tried Harry Potter but I found it too difficult. I did not have your patience to take years to read it and the library didn't have the patience to check it out to me for that length of time. I moved to reading books for children like "El monstruo de buenos modales" and found them satisfactory for learning new vocabulary with the secondary benefit of reading to my granddaughter. I recently read "El princepito". Older, classic books like that can be found in English and Spanish online. I put them side by side and refer to the English version when I struggle.

July 8, 2018

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The side-by-side comparison helps me a lot also. My niece has the book in German (my mother tongue). As the translations are really near to the original, comparing Spanish to German is easy. Proverbs and slang which is hard to find in a dictionary is easier to get with side by side comparisons.

July 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Mereade
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You're great! Congratulations!

How did you find the translation of Juegos? Did it feel natural and done with proper care? (I am asking as the translation quality varies and I am considering this book too). Also,is the story fun to read?

A small tip from a fellow book lover: Don't be surprised, if El amor is still a bit too hard after Juegos del hambre. If it is so, you can make the progress curve less steep by putting something in between, for example a low genre book in Spanish (they've got awesome books of all genres and tons of them) or a shorter thing like Carlos Ruiz Zafon's el Principe de la niebla trilogy. Either you'll have prepared an easier start with classics like El Amor, or you'll tackle it right away with your awesome attitude and win despite the difficulty :-) I am just giving the tip as many learners somehow forget a bit that there are tons of other books in foreign languages than translations from English or the classics.

A nice tool for more comfortable reading with a dictionary and anki card making (or you can use the srs within the website) is Readlang. You can put a whole epub book in it, search in dictionary with one click, and also save the word with the whole sentence as a flashcard. But it doesn't have the atmosphere of a paper book, true.

July 8, 2018

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My niece has the German version (my mother tongue) and now and then I had a look into the English version in Google Books for difficult phrases. It looks as the translations are very near to the original. I could find each sentance I was searching for. As I'm not a translator and my knowledge of the Spanish language is somehow limited, I cannot judge the quality of the translation. But the story is fun to read with a slight touch of politics / social criticism.

I started with Juegos because I already watched the movie. Like that it was easier for me to understand the action in the beginning (with a speed of a paragraph a week it is hard to remember the action ;) ). I already begun with the second part of the trilogy and could read a full page - yay. After finishing the thrid part, I will El amor a try and if it's still too dificult, I will have a look at your suggestions! Thank you for that :)

I'm reading Juegos on my smartphone's kindle app and it more or less provides me with the things you mentioned. When I stumble upon an unknown word, I can guess its meaning via the included dictionary (in Spanish). If it's really new, I copy it onto a new anki card and look up its translation in a dictionary-app. But I guess I will get all this automatically with Readlang... never change a winning system ;)

July 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MassyVioli
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Quienes necesiten ayuda con el español, escriban. Soy hablante nativo y sé que el idioma es bien complejo cuando se inicia.

July 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Mokurai
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Hay algos recetarios españoles y mexicanos en la red, y muchas recetas.

Chiles rellenos de queso. Receta mexicana

https://www.directoalpaladar.com/recetas-vegetarianas/chiles-rellenos-de-queso-receta-mexicana

Mi favorita. Eso, y huevos rancheros.

July 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Niall913726

That's so cool! I'd love to read a book in Spanish

July 9, 2018

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Hey congratulations on this major accomplishment! I think I may try out your two-new-word policy as well for my future spanish reading plans!

July 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Wendy67649

Way to go! I haven't graduated to chapter books yet. I am still reading young children's books in Spanish. But, I like children's books so I don't mind. A new favorite is El Conejito Knuffle. https://amzn.to/2m3T2LV.

July 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WilliamRui509053

It is a good book or only is it useful to practice english

July 10, 2018
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