Spanish vocab for Harry Potter
One of the ways that I've been brushing up my high school Spanish has been to re-read the Harry Potter series in Spanish. This has been mentioned/suggested on Duolingo in the past, but I wanted to also add that I have a vocab list going on memrise of words in the books, chapter-by-chapter. I'm only through vocab lists for the first book so far, but hoping to keep making progress on the series. I've been using it as a way to move vocab from words I can figure out with context or words I recognize, to words I can use in speaking or writing--but I think it could also be cool to preview the vocab before reading the next chapter. Just in case anyone else is using or thinking about using HP to practice their Spanish, I wanted to share the link!
Nice find, thanks. I have been reading the books on my Kindle Paperwhite. You can borrow them for free if you have Amazon Prime (including in Spanish translation). There is a limit of one free book per month and you can only have one out at a time. That has been a good pace for me although I did finish book 6 after about two weeks.
You can install a Spanish-English dictionary on the Kindle. There are at least two: Merriam-Webster ($7) and HISPANO ($6) . Then you can look up words by touching them on the ereader. It keeps a list on the device and it has a built-in flashcard function.
Tengo un libro restante: Harry Potter y las Relíquias de la Muerte. ¡Voy a empezar a leerlo el 1 septiembre!
There is also a Spanish-Spanish dictionary built into Kindle. I've been reading HP via the Amazon Prime lending program for several months. Though, when I got mid-way into the 5th book, I reached a point past where I had read them in English, and the going got a little slower. I've only been doing duolingo a short time now (less than 2 weeks), but I've already noticed a huge jump in my spanish reading comprehension.
Haha I totally do that too! And it's a researched-approved way to learn to read--some scientists did studies of kids reading to dogs, and found that it helped improve their reading skills. Since there was no risk involved with reading to dogs, as opposed to teachers/parents/peers that intentionally or accidentally make kids feel pressured to get it all right, kids could be more confident with their reading. So, it's totally normal that I read HP to my cat! ... :)
I'm only on the first chapter with the CD's. They're made for children, so the reader does over-the-top goofy voices for some characters. The HP books are supposed to be in more of a Spain-style Spanish, but my Spanish isn't really good enough to notice.