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Collection of Cuentos, Volume A (Short Stories for Studying Spanish) [Kindle Edition]

Anonymous Legend , Paul Blair
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Book Description

This is a collection of dual language short stories with a bonus story included that is not available for sale separately! They are all traditional short stories from Spain, published in both Spanish and English on the same page, designed to provide the student studying either language with an engaging vehicle for language learning and practice. The stories are designed to create an enjoyable entry point into foreign language study (contrasted with the traditional drudgery of grammar textbooks or books of mindless, mundane exercises) while being priced so as to make this entry extremely affordable. In fact, this collection is priced such that you are buying just 3 stories at regular price and receiving the 4th one for just a penny per language!

Improve your Spanish while learning about several legends from ancient Spain. The first is a sad story that shows how even hundreds of years ago crossing paths with the wrong clown at a political event had potentially disastrous consequences. The second is the tale of an arranged marriage gone horribly wrong and stands as a centuries old testament in support of the modern-day adage that "money can't buy me love!". Then is a local legend from Madrid, Spain offering the opportunity to hear the history of a house haunted by a horde of helpful little henchmen. Finally is a bonus story from Toledo, Spain which was once the Castilian capital city and today stands as a multi-cultural mecca. It is a local legend of how an over-protective father's fears for his daughter's future forced a few unforseen tragedies.

Dual-language books are an ideal way to gain mastery of Spanish language by trying to first read the story in Spanish, and then looking at the 'answers' in the English translation at the same time. Once your Spanish reaches a higher level, these stories can be read by switching between the Spanish and English versions every paragraph (for example: read the first paragraph in English to get the idea, then only read the second paragraph in Spanish, then go back to the English for the third paragraph, etc.). The ultimate goal is to be able to read an entire story in Spanish, just 'peeking' at a few word translations in English when needed. Having the expertly-translated English text available at all times greatly enhances reading pleasure as it obviates the need for a dictionary and the accompanying tedium of looking up potentially numerous unknown words and idiomatic expressions.

After spending sufficient time reading dual-language books from our ever-expanding collection, you will become quite fluent in your second language while also learning a great deal about the cultures of the people from the countries where the language is natively spoken.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 152 KB
  • Print Length: 60 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4X7XA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hablas espanol ?! 10 Mar. 2013
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This is a very helpful way to keep up your Spanish without getting into boring verb tables etc. The format is very good as the dual langage lets you check on anything that you are not sure of whilst staying on the same page.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wish there were more of these! 24 Mar. 2013
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The concept of giving the English translation in parallel with the Spanish text is good and it works well. The short-stories in this book, however, are somewhat outdated (old language, also attempted "old style" English translation) and the overall length of the book is half of what I expected (as two different parallel text styles are provided in the page count).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful revision 13 Jan. 2013
By Penny
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As a pensioner who loves the Spanish language, I find this a good way of keeping in touch with grammar and vocabulary, ready for the next holiday in Spain or South America
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting approach to learning to read Spanish 6 Sept. 2012
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I found this book useful for learning Spanish. The stories are like old fables and have some interesting twists or themes.

Each story is presented using two methods to translate Spanish to English:

- One paragraph in Spanish followed by one paragraph in English
- One sentence in Spanish and the opposite page with the sentence in English

For the second method I reduced the size of my book and rotated it 90 degrees to landscape on my kindle.

Some of the language in the stories are old style Spanish (think thee, thy, thou, art, I beseech thee etc.).
Some of the English translation is amusing but you get the gist. In general the translation is fine.
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring stories, unnatural language 5 May 2014
By Titus Jewell - Published on
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These stories are not written in modern language. The language tries for lofty, but it reads very stilted and unnatural. The English is hard to understand. I suspect this book is poorly translated into English from a poorly written Spanish text.
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming stories 30 Oct. 2013
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I can't read the stories in Spanish as yet. However, they do not grow stale with my grinding, halting progress. The stories are well written. The English translation runs in a column alongside the Spanish. I use my Kindle Fire to read it. The sentences ran haphazardly at first. I reduced the font size a little and then the columns lined up just fine.
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