Improve your comprehension, grow your vocabulary and ignite your imagination with these eight unconventional Spanish short stories! ** Fully revised and updated! **In this book you will find: Short stories from a variety of compelling genres, from science fiction and crime to history and thriller, so you’ll have great fun reading, whilst learning a wide range of new voca Improve your comprehension, grow your vocabulary and ignite your imagination with these eight unconventional Spanish short stories!** Fully revised and updated! **In this book you will find: Short stories from a variety of compelling genres, from science fiction and crime to history and thriller, so you’ll have great fun reading, whilst learning a wide range of new vocabulary and rapidly improving your Spanish comprehension! Stories which are broken down into manageable chapters, so you always make progress with the story and feel a sense of achievement without great difficulty reading! Realistic amounts of new vocabulary so that you’re not overwhelmed by complex words. Instead of pausing to look up every word, you’ll absorb new vocabulary from the context of the story, and have the satisfaction of that moment when you say: “I totally understood that sentence!” Carefully written Spanish, using straightforward grammar that is comprehensible for beginner and intermediate level learners, so that you can enjoy reading and learn new grammatical structures without the feeling of overwhelm and frustration that you get from other books. Plenty of natural dialogues in each story, so that you can learn conversational Spanish whilst you read, and improve your speaking ability at the same time! Regular plot summaries, comprehension questions and word reference lists, so that help is always on hand when you need it. You’ll be able to focus on enjoying reading and having fun, rather than fumbling around with dictionaries and struggling through dense text with no support. A five-step plan for reading the stories in this book the smart way. This detailed introductory chapter gives you specific, step-by-step instructions for effective reading in Spanish, so that you know exactly how to make the most out of the book and maximise your learning! Spanish Short Stories for Beginners has been written especially for students from beginner to intermediate level (A1-B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference). The eight captivating stories are designed to give you a sense of achievement and a feeling of progress when reading. You’ll finally be able to enjoy reading in Spanish, grow your vocabulary in a natural way, and improve your comprehension at the same time.Based on extensive research into how people most enjoy and benefit from reading in a new language, this book eliminates all the frustrations you have experienced when trying to read in Spanish: Dull topics that are no fun to read Books so long you never reach the end Endless chapters that make you want to give up Impenetrable grammar that frustrates you at every turn Complex vocabulary that leaves you with your head buried in the dictionary Instead, you can just concentrate on what you came for in the first place - enjoying reading and having fun! If you’re learning Spanish and enjoy reading, this is the book you need to rekindle your passion for the language and take your Spanish to the next level! So what are you waiting for? Scroll up and grab your copy now!...
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Spanish Short Stories For Beginners: 8 Unconventional Short Stories to Grow Your Vocabulary and Learn Spanish the Fun Way! Reviews
Es en español castellano, no español mexicano, pero es útil y un poco divertido. Quiero graduarme a literatura real en algún punto pero no soy muy competente. Es la idioma correcta? No sé. (¡Dejame solo, Rocco! Estoy tecleando.)
Note to readers: this is written in Castellano (Spain), not Español (Latin America). Note to author: please offer these stories in Latin American Spanish.This is a well-designed introduction to Spanish. I had previously overestimated my ability and started with Richards' Intermediate-level book; I quickly realized my mistake and obtained a Kindle copy of this for $1. What a difference having appropriately difficult material makes! Bored of children's books, on the one hand, and unable to make meaningful progress on Spanish translations of familiar English works, on the other, I had almost given up in frustration. Then I came across a few language learning websites, particularly those of Benny Lewis and Olly Richards. Through them I've learned some keys to efficient language learning. One is to begin with material that is just a step beyond your ability—you need to be able to understand the majority (say, about 70+%) of the material in order to make meaningful progress but without getting frustrated. This collection of short stories fit my needs quite nicely. Each succeeding story increased in length and complexity, incorporating previously-encountered vocabulary and grammatical structures but in new contexts, thereby providing essential (and not overly repetitive) practice. A summary, glossary and 5 question quiz at the end of each section help test and consolidate your learning. The stories are not great literature, to be sure, but they get the job done.I followed the author's instructions on best practices for reading and found it an effective process. To wit: 1A) Begin by reading through to the end of each section of the story, taking care not to get bogged down in understanding everything. Do not look up words. The goal is just to reach the end (and develop at least a basic understanding of the plot).1B) Read the section summary and see if you understand it. It may help clarify things a bit.2A) Read the section through to the end again, now with a little more care.2B) Read the summary again and take the 5 question comprehension quiz. (Again, it's just to help you improve your understanding, so, don't worry about wrong answers.)3) Read the chapter again. Now you can use the vocab list if you must.4) Continue process with the next story of the book.I was worried that this process would be rather too repetitive and boring, but it wasn't bad at all in the end, and productive besides. I had a visceral sense of improving my ease of understanding with each story, which helped me to continue. Additionally, I made sure to read only 1 or 2 (of the 8) stories per day maximum, to prevent burnout. Crucially, I have a real sense of accomplishment at having read 260+ pages of Spanish, albeit at a grade-school level. I look forward to reading Richards' 2nd Beginner book, and then moving on to his Intermediate book. My hope then is to take a stab at—if not Cien años de soledad or Don Quixote—at least an appropriate real work of Spanish literature or nonfiction. I hope this gets you started on your own foreign language journey.
Olly Richards has succeeded in self-publishing an extraordinary book of stories. If inter-medial readers can get past enjoying the velvety cover to actually reading the stories aloud, they will experience some Spanish practice but mostly just fun. Surely readers will long to read with family and friends in order to practice listening skills and test how well they are being understood. Olly Richards ha tenido éxito en la auto-publicación de un extraordinario libro de historias. Si los lectores intermediales pueden pasar disfrutando de la cubierta aterciopelada para leer realmente las historias en voz alta, experimentarán alguna práctica española, pero sobre todo simplemente diversión. Seguramente los lectores anhelarán leer con la familia y los amigos para practicar habilidades que escuchan y para probar cómo están siendo entendidos bien. ~google translate
Ese libro fue muy útil y me ha ayudado a expandirse mi vocabulario, creo que voy a leer el otro parte algún día.
Short Stories for Beginners, Volumes 1 and 2Me gustaron estos libros. Las cubiertas del libro son excepcionalmente hermosas y el contenido es accesible. Para una lectora de nivel intermedio como yo, encontré las historias en “la zona de Goldilocks”: ni demasiado difícil ni demasiado fácil. Era útil tener un glosario, un resumen y preguntas para revisar al fin de cada capítulo. Mi única queja es que estos libros parecen haber sido escritos para una audiencia europeo porque son escritos en castellano. Para los que estamos en el otro lado del Atlántico, el vocabulario (e.g. gafas en vez de anteojos) y el uso de la forma vosotros es un poco problemático. También, el autor usa frecuentemente el verbo coger, que, aparentemente, no se debe usar en las Américas. Al final, supongo que es útil poder entender tanto el español de España como el español de Latín América tal como es útil poder entender tanto el inglés británico como el inglés americano. I liked these books. The covers are exceptionally beautiful and the content is accessible. As an intermediate-level reader, I found the stories to be in the "Goldilocks zone": not too hard, but not too easy either. It was also helpful having a glossary, summary, and review questions at the end of each chapter.My only complaint is that these books appear to have been written for a Peninsular/European audience as they are written in Castellano ("Castillian" Spanish). For those of us on the other side of the Atlantic, the vocabulary (e.g. gafas instead of anteojos for glasses) and the use of the vosotros form can be a little troublesome. The author also makes frequent use of the verb coger, which, apparently, is a no-no in the Americas. In the end, though, I guess it's useful to be able to understand both Spain Spanish and Latin American Spanish just as it's useful to be able to understand both Commonwealth English and American English.
More than thirty-six years after living for a couple of years in Latin America and becoming fairly fluent in spanish, I am now currently trying to brush up on my sorely-neglected spanish skills. My hope is to travel to South America for 1-2 months starting about a year from now. I bought this book based on reviews and because it seemed like it would be good for the kind of practice that I need.Overall, it met my expectations and was very helpful. It consists of 8 short stories, all of which are written fairly simply, similar to what a second or third grader would probably read for school reading assignments. The stories were mostly pretty lame, but I was okay with that as long as I felt like I was improving my spanish as I read them. Boldfaced words and phrases within the story meant that the word's definition appears at the end of the chapter. This part was kind of annoying because many of the boldface words were very simple and didn't need an english description, while several other words were not boldface but should have been (at least in my opinion), which meant that I had to keep my spanish-english dictionary nearby. Also, in more than a few cases, words that appeared in boldface were not to be found in the definition section at all.Still, it was a good investment, and I will read through it several more times as I work toward my goal.
Excellent book for learning Spanish. I wasn't sure how just reading would help improve my skills, but it certainly does, and, what's more, it's very enjoyable, too. Highly recommended for anyone, like myself, starting out on learning Spanish and wants to accelerate the process. I'm going to move on the the second volume right away, and get started to the Russian one, now that I know the method works.
Such a great way of improving my Spanish. Loved the fact that there was a glossary and questions at the end of each chapter.