Could you please recommend some Spanish reading materials for beginner?
I'm learning Spanish from the very beginning. In order to improve my Spanish, I believe reading in Spanish would be helpful. Could anyone give me some recommendation on the reading materials? Thanks!
http://www.amazon.com/verdadera-historia-los-tres-cerditos/dp/014055758X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books The true story of the three little pigs as told by the wolf. (He had a terrible cold!)
http://www.amazon.com/El-oficial-Correa-Gloria-Spanish/dp/8493991236/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books Officer Buckle is big on safety but nobody cares until Gloria comes along.
http://www.amazon.com/Harold-Lapiz-Morado-Purple-Crayon/dp/0064434028/ref=sr_1_1?s=books A lovely tale of a boy and his crayon.
Realize that these aren't super simple Hop on Pop type books. I had to go through and look up a whole lot of words the first time. I also encountered tenses and phrases that I didn't know yet. I underlined them then jotted a translation down on the page. Then I read them over and over, and almost memorized them. I learned a whole lot from these three books. I found them entertaining enough to support multiple readings. The first two are hilarious and the third is clever and amusing.
What happened to the "Spoiler Alert" warning? ;-) No worries, I'll live.
I'm always finding interesting new words in children books and word combinations. I still read Harold and the Purple Crayon en español. Some times I type the entire book for future reference, but I don't do anything like distribute them online. Are you an Amazon addict?
Side note, I'm not crazy about some Dr. Seuss translations.
Do you mean the wolf's cold is a spoiler? We find that out at the very start, so I think it's okay. =D
Yes, I'm a certified Amazon addict and duolingo has only made me worse. =D
I can't imagine how Dr. Seuss could even be translated. I think if it were me I would rewrite the stories using Spanish words that rhyme, and then get someone who could draw Seussian pictures to draw all new pictures as needed. I think the rhymes and the sounds of the words are more important than the sense.
Now I'm more intrigued to read that book.
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The whole "one click" thing really makes it easy, plus the fact that I have Prime because of my cat litter! I started this discipline of putting everything I want on my wishlist and waiting at least 2 months to buy it. That helped since a whole lot of things I don't even want anymore after two months. But making myself stick to it even when there's some delicious book I really, really want is hard. And, of course, Spanish language books are justified as an educational expense. =D
I really like that strategy. I force myself to go to the library and explore OR try to rent the digital books.
All these suggestions are great, but you might want to concentrate on reading what interests you. I can't read those children's books, because for the most part they don't appeal to me. I like mysteries and detective stories, so I order used copies of Agatha Christie or Raymond Chandler in Spanish. Yes, the vocabulary is a little hard, but that's what dictionaries and context are for :). Also, there are books you can buy that are designed specifically for learning to read Spanish: I have two: Better Reading Spanish by Jean Yates and Spanish for Reading by Fabiola Franco and Karl Sandberg. These books give you easy and relevant reading selections and also teach you how to learn new vocabulary from context. Hope this helps. ¡Buena suerte!
The way I learned to read Spanish was through DVD subtitles on movies. Most movies in the US have Spanish subtitles (at least half) and you can pause/rewind at will. Movie dialogue is much simpler to read than the average book and the translation is being read out loud to you.
Here is an iphone, ipad app full with Spanish reading books for beginners.
I started with Harry Potter but I think the principal would work for any book you're pretty familiar with in your native language. If you already know the story pretty well, you aren't as tied to a dictionary which does wonders for your sense of accomplishment and for forcing you to learn the vocabulary. I also recommend reading out loud to improve your vocal fluency and to help subconsciously drill on grammar. Even if you aren't making the grammar choices, saying the words right will help it sink into your head.
I suggest going to your library and looking for children' s books in Spanish start from the beginning
Well, I don't think these are for children but they're short and I liked them:
- La Ranita Sorda (The title means something like "
The deaf little frog").
- Dar y perder la vida (The title means something like "
To give and to lose the life"
- La carreta vacía (The title means something like "
The empty waggon".
- Los cien días del plebeyo (The title meanss something like "
The one hundred days of the pleb."
They are short stories compiled in "La culpa es de la vaca" and are available in here.
Maybe at first they look hard, but I invite you to read them every now and then while you're learning spanish, so you can realize how much you're improving your comprehension.
PS: Of course you can correct me or improve my english
As well as the websites i wrote below for reading you can go to amazon and download samples of easy spanish stories (or read them on the website) for free and if you are enjoying it then purchase it but there are so many to choose from. I find the hardest bit is learning to listen to spanish, and recommend starting with something like 'No Work Spanish' audio and free podcasts, annoyingly they only have 3 books but I found it was great to listen to! http://www.noworkspanish.com/ Some great resources below, I have started to keep a document of everything I have found and if it's a bit hard then you can go back to it later. There is so much information out there (and for free!) it is hard to find exactly what works for you.
The "Goosebumps" books by R.L. Stine are readily available in English and Spanish. I started with a copy in each language and just plowed along.
The Dover Dual-Language books are excellent. I have the "First Spanish Reader" and am currently reading "Great Spanish and Latin American Short Stories of the 20th Century." The books are laid out with the Spanish text on the left page and an English translation on the right page. This allows you to refer to the English when you get stuck, or just to make sure you're on the right track. The "First Reader" uses present tense verbs almost exclusively. As with all Dover books, they are fairly inexpensive and well constructed. Available on Amazon and other book sites.