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Patricia Va a California (reading help)

Does anyone have some helpful tips for reading books in Spanish? We are reading this book for class and I was wondering if I should use a dictionary and look up the words and translate page by page or read the page and then write down the words that I know and then summarize it.

3 years ago

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Here are some quick reading tips:

    1. Read through the book and underline/highlight words (and or expressions) you don't know
    1. Read chapter by chapter, underline/highlight words (and or expressions) you don't know, then look them up at the end of each chapter
3 years ago

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Search YouTube for "Patricia Va a California" you'll find some fun helpful videos.

3 years ago

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Part of it depends on how much you are understanding. If you are really lost, then you should look up words you don't know as you come across them; but if you understand the gist of the story, it's better not to stop every time to consult a dictionary.

When I'm reading in a foreign language, I like to keep an index card in the book (it handily doubles as a bookmark) and when I come across a word I don't know, I write down the word and the page number. Then I periodically (after every chapter or so) look them all up at once and write down the word and the meaning.

And, since I have the page number, I can go back and re-read the word in context now that I know what it means.

3 years ago

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thanks vcel10! I will try these and let you know how they work for me.

3 years ago

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I just started reading Patricia Va a California, along with some other texts and books. So I'll probably read a chapter a day.

3 years ago

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There should be a dicionary in the back of the book!

4 months ago