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The Singing Satchel / El Zurrón que Cantaba (Short Stories for Studying Spanish Book 2)

The Singing Satchel / El Zurrón que Cantaba (Short Stories for Studying Spanish Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Fernán Caballero , Paul Blair
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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This is a dual language short story: the second in a series of traditional short stories from Spain, available in both Spanish and English, designed to provide the student studying either language with an engaging vehicle for language learning and practice.

Improve your Spanish while enjoying a traditional folk tale from Spain. This is one of the most popular Spanish short stories: it tells of a young girl who is kidnapped by a ragged beggar and forced to help him make money with his magical, singing satchel. How did it happen that an impoverished old man came upon such a wonderous treasure? Find out in this short story.

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: 92 KB
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047GN7HG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,281 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet 8 Jan 2011
By Becky
Format:Kindle Edition
I'll discuss the Story, the Format, the Level of Spanish and the Length.

This is a (very) short fairytale about a beggar who captures a girl, stuffs her in his bag and her subsequent escape. Actually, it's a lot less interesting than even that description makes out!

However, I bought it primarily to practise my Spanish. So the story wasn't too much of a selling point.

The Kindle version has the story twice:
The first version is where each Spanish paragraph is followed by the English translation. In the smallest font size this means you get about three paragraphs (of each language) a page. It's not too much bother to jump the English paragraph but it is very easy to sneak a peek at a word or two without going to the effort of working it out yourself.
The second version (which is explained as an experimental version) is meant only to be viewed in the smallest font size. The story is in two columns: the Spanish is on the left and the English is on the right. However, the text is still a bit of a jumble and a lot harder to read because of the shortness of the lines (just four or five words in each of the languages). Not worth reading at all.

Because the story is not long at all, I think that it would be better if future versions had the complete story in Spanish first and then the complete one in English.

It is very short. There are only 187 locations and remember that the story is produced twice (four times if you include the English versions as well!)

I would place myself as an intermediate learner of Spanish. I found that I understood the gist easily but that there were a few words or expressions I didn't know. For example, the subjunctive is used on a couple of occasions and some words, like 'alms', are not ones I've ever had to recognise before!

I would say that for 74p you can't really go wrong. Short but sweet!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent enough - but so short! 21 Mar 2011
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A translation of the traditional short story as found in many Spanish dual-language readers. The conversion itself seems reasonable, if a little oddly phrased in places. I'd call the level beginner-intermediate.

However, there's only perhaps 500-600 words of Spanish here - it is very short indeed. You may find other dual language readers offer better value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read 26 Dec 2012
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As an intermediate student who at times finds the various past tenses confusing, this book was very easy to understand and a pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good language learning aid 10 Dec 2012
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I haven't got very far with the stories. I am a beginner in Spanish, so don't expect to make great headway with them at first. (These are parallel translation texts, by the way: you get the story in Spanish, and then in English.) Great resource for learning Spanish.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Feedback on the format mainly 17 May 2011
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This is a short story but for a few pence a useful addition to your reading if you are a beginner/intermediate level student.

It is in two formats, the first is fine, you can adjust the font size easily. The second is side by side and you can only read it in the smallest font. Although they call this second layout experimental I cannot find anywhere to feed back to them.

For me this second format is useless, it is difficult enough concentrating on reading in a second language without having to struggle to read the print too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early Spanish Learner 27 Feb 2014
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No more nor less than I expected. Ideal for my level of early Spanish learning. No further comment felt necessary.
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