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https://www.duolingo.com/broca23

Anyone interested in a Spanish reading group?

Since there have been a few topics recently asking about recommendations for books in Spanish I figured there might be some interest in reading something as a group. And I know it was done on here before with the Spanish translation of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

I've done a few Spanish reading groups before and they have been fun. I don't have have anything in particular in mind so I'm just going to throw out some suggestions and if it sounds good to anyone we can go from there :)

-We can discuss the story, vocab, and grammar (preferably all or mostly in Spanish for intermediate and advanced learners) here and/or on Skype.

-For people who want to use Skype, we can also read passages from the story out loud to work on pronunciation.

-If we have weekly discussions I think short stories would be easier than a novel because with a novel things can get confusing if you read ahead and if you are borrowing it from the library you can only have it for some many weeks. Plus there are a lot of short stories available for free online.

Like I said, I only have a rough idea so let me know what you think :) And my feelings won't be hurt if someone else wants to take charge on this, I just want to know if this appeals to anyone.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/EliasGmez1
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Me parece una iniciativa interesante. Puedo escuchar sus lecturas en español, si les parece, y ayudar en lo que pueda.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/L.N.A.M
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Hi everyone, yes I know It's me again, I like to give my opinion I can not help myself but only when I find the subject interesting, I think this is a good idea but I am against the idea of group you are in for some serious problems you do not know who you'll meet on the other side.you should not mix the new contacts with those of your private life I created an account on skype only for my contacts on duolingo-ceci dit je trouve l'idée trés interessante-me apunto ;-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/broca23

Good point. I have a separate Skype account for language learning and I figured Skype would be better than Google Hangout for that reason.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/L.N.A.M
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hola broca si te parece bien te dejo mis datos en tu pagina y hablamos :-)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/imshriniketh

Hey there. I am too learning Spanish and I guess this is a great idea where I would love to indulge. How can we take this forward?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dr._Guero
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I think that would be a great idea. I teach Spanish in high school and I have a unit in which my more advanced students read short stories in groups. There are several advantages to this: 1) reading aloud involves more of the senses which can help you learn. Not only are you seeing the words on the page but are also using your mouth to form them and hearing them as you speak them. 2) reading is a great way to develop vocabulary. I also think that short stories is the way to go. If you start a novel that you don't like you lose interest. With a short story, if you don't like it, no problem, soon you will be reading a different one. In fact, I have a list of short stories that are available on the web in Spanish. For some of these there are also little Youtube films about them. In my class I have the students read and discuss the story and then we watch the short film.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dancingtigga

I'm pleased to hear reading aloud helps. I am using a paid for service delivering weekly news podcasts and I try to learn to read them aloud smoothly.....I just started this week and your positive words will encourage me to continue.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/broca23

Haha, I forgot about the interest factor with the length of a novel, probably because I'm usually pretty stubborn with reading and generally try to finish the books I start. But that is a really good point.

Could you share your list? I was planing on using http://yquemecuentas.blogspot.com/ if no one else had any suggestions.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dr._Guero
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Here are a few to start with: "No oyes ladrar los perros" http://www.literatura.us/rulfo/perros.html, "Espuma y nada mas" http://www.literatura.us/tellez/espuma.html, and "Un día de estos"http://www.literatura.us/garciamarquez/undia.html. These last two are very similar in both plot and structure and a comparison between the two can be fun.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CloudsTheKitten

This is a fantastic idea! When do we begin? :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kevin_Kilcoyne

test test

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RunakoChar

I'm in. Creo que una gran idea!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Skookum2

Yo puedo asistir también

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/airn4116

Bueno, cual libro o cuento corto vamos a leer primero?! :D

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/volcidash
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Buena idea!! Tell me when it's started!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/doctorbird

count me in, but i am not at the at Not high level

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/puppychoo

I like this idea but discussion on duolingo, no skype because of personal business Have you heard of a story called "Chumba Lacachumba" it was my favorite spanish little kid book but if you read it aloud it's supposed to help your speech. It's about these Skeletons supposedly doing crazy things.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tammaiya
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This sounds like a really good idea - I think especially using Skype, because actually conversing in Spanish and reading aloud are really good ways of learning a language and are an aspect of language acquisition that can't really be done through Duolingo.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/broca23

-Since we should have kind of "family friendly" stories that shouldn't be too difficult I would like to start with the stories that Dr._Guero provided. So would y'all be ok with reading No oyes ladrar los perros and maybe something else short?

-Once we decide on what to read I'll set up a discussion thread

-For those interested in doing Skype calls we can use this to plan the best time http://whenisgood.net/, just give me your skype name or request mine and I'll give you the link

-For those who can't make the calls but want others to hear their beautiful voices reading in Spanish, or just want tips on their pronunciation, you can use this to record a clip and share it http://vocaroo.com/

And as always, I'm open to any other suggestions you guys might have.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mokurai
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He leido todos los libros de Harry Potter (no sólo las novelas) en inglés y español. Soy Escritor Destacado en es.quora.com, en las ciencias, en Budismo Zen, y en Harry Potter. Y también

Is anybody interested in jointly reading comic strips that are published in English and Spanish?

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28364015

¿Canciones? ¿Zarzuelas?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Mokurai
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30+Resources for Spanish Reading

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/10252002

Reading material at all levels, with a wide range of topics and a wide range of lengths.

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