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.
Here are some quick reading tips:
- Read through the book and underline/highlight words (and or expressions) you don't know
- Read chapter by chapter, underline/highlight words (and or expressions) you don't know, then look them up at the end of each chapter
Search YouTube for "Patricia Va a California" you'll find some fun helpful videos.
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.
I just started reading Patricia Va a California, along with some other texts and books. So I'll probably read a chapter a day.