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Will reading in Spanish help

Rozzie
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If I start reading in Spanish will it help my Spanish?

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3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/no.name.42
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Yes, but it can very hard in the beginning. ether you end up with a book which is very easy and boring or something interesting but hard. I suggest you start off with immersion or if you have a kindle you can get a dictionary from English to Spanish allowing you look up words without fully interrupting the story. Good luck.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wazzie
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Good advice on the Kindle, but just so everyone knows, you can only do this on the original Kindle and the PaperWhite (not Kindle fire). I have been considering buying for for a while.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jsprwstr
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If you read, I recommend that you don't stop to look up every word you don't know in the dictionary. Just read over it. Often you can guess approximately what it means from context.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Adina_atl

I read El León, La Bruja, y El Rompero (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) in Spanish translation after finishing the tree and found it really helped especially with the past tense conjugations. But I had already read the book in English (many, many times, starting when I was nine) so I could follow the plot quite easily. And it's a third-grade reading level. I would recommend finishing the tree first--until you have at least an introduction to all verb tenses you're going to have trouble with what happened when.

On the other hand, I read Spanish language newspapers before finishing the tree and had little trouble. The vocabulary and sentence structure is usually pretty simple, and mostly the articles are in present tense and simple past.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Yep, definitely.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

The children's book section of my library usually has a good swath of Spanish books. I suggest picking a book you are familiar with already, particularly one with a realistic plot and no time jumps. Childrens books are nice because the vocabulary and sentence structure are hopefully within your grasp.

That said, the first book we ever read in high school Spanish (level III) was a magical realism book, probably by Isabel Allende. We dove right into the deep end of the confusion pool, but did just fine because we talked about it...and most of us went out to read the English version alongside.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maltu
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I like the online "£l Pais" for short articles, and also BBC Mundo. The latter sometimes have an English version to compare, but these will not be word-for-word translations. no.name.42's suggestion of putting the online dictionary onto a Kindle is great, too. I have one, but haven't really got into reading books much yet, for the reason s/he mentioned - easy enough is boring, interesting is too hard and slow. In the end, we have to try to do it, though, and I think it will help your Spanish both getting used to the way they phrase things, and obviously increasing vocabulary.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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YES!! I recommend reading on a Kindle with a Spanish->English dictionary. I'd also wait until I'd been exposed to all the verb tenses (present, preterite, imperfect, future, conditional in Spanish) and a knowledge of the subjunctive, while not as important as the tenses, would also help. Here is a great article about reading foreign language books on a Kindle: http://gregreflects.blogspot.com/2014/09/how-to-read-foreign-novel-on-kindle.html

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/magiaaron
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Absolutely, it will. I started almost exactly a year ago and I've reached a B2 level in Spanish and am going to test for it in November. I think part of what helped so much was reading. If you can find text that also has identical audio, I found that after reading the text, listening repeatedly to the audio really improved my listening comprehension skills when I was still closer to A2 level.

Pick something you would ENJOY reading in English and ¡good luck! ;)

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rozzie
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So the book I am trying to read has a glossary should I use it?

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Reply3 years ago