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First Spanish Reader: A Beginner's Dual-Language Book (Dover Dual Language Spanish) by [Flores, Angel]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 616 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (18 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CB2MIX2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,881 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I would say my Spanish is above beginners level, perhaps not quite intermediate. I learnt Spanish by using the Michel Thomas language Cd's, but I wanted to increase my vocabulary, and do something different than just sit with headphones on. The book starts off with very short tales (half a page in length), using very simple conjugations. You can glance at the opposite page if there is a word that you don't know, then try to read the story through without looking at the English. As you work through the stories, the language gets progressively harder, and the conjugations get more advanced. The stories are light hearted and quite nice. A really good feature of this book is that all the vocab that is used, is repeated in the back of the book in alphabetical order. So in a way, its like a book of vocabulary, with some example stories to see if you have learnt it. I like it very much.
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I'm very impressed with this book. You would think that one dual language book would be very much like any other. Wrong! This is by far the best Spanish reader that I have in my library- the stories are interesting, informative and funny and, most importantly, have been selected to provide just the right level of challenge to someone with a slightly better than basic level of Spanish.

If you can conjugate verbs, present, preterite and future (and if you can form the gerund)then you will find this book just right to help you get used to the style and structure of this beautiful, yet formal, language.

It also, through the 41 stories, proverbs and poems gives an insight that I found interesting and rewarding, into the Spanish character. The story "Padre, Hijo o Caballo?" is very funny and it is worth buying the book just for this yarn alone.

Highly recommended for beginner to intermediate level estudiantes de espanol.
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I had reviewed a few of these Dual Language books and was kind of confused- So I decided on First Spanish Reader and am so delighted with it.. I am amazed how far I have come in 2wks..I am trying to learn Spanish on my own and had kind of come to a brick wall..didn't know where to go next..so this book is so helpful.. when you come across various words and you need translation well these words are all on the back of the book A-Z..only thing I would have liked is answers to questions as I do not know if I'm right or wrong in Verb terms.. otherwise 10/10-
and as for Amazon themselves delivery in 2-3dys - excellent service..
I would love if someone could recommend a similiar book like this one..not too hard but not too easy either..kinda middle of the road one..
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Format: Paperback
Two main disappointments about this book. The first to hit me is the quality of printing. To start with, I was wondering why there was an asterisk and what strange letter was that. Then I realised it was an extra blob of ink or a half printed letter. Added to which the thickness of the letters alters in some places and I found this distracting. I presume it is a 'print to order' but for whatever reason, I feel the quality of printing is extremely poor.

My second disappointment is the stories themselves as they are mainly old fables and proverbs which means that the stories and many of the words are outdated. In the english text, you will find words such as, 'soliliquized, platitudinous, imperturbably, obscurantism' and stories about the Switchman, The Pedagogical Parrot, The Miser Burst his Bag and a glee club of maddening monotony. In fact the book was compiled in 1964 but the stories go way back before that.

Additionally, one quarter of the book is given over to vocabulary and whilst this is useful, it leaves little room for the actual stories since of course there is the dual text to consider and also questions after each story. You actually end up with just 54 pages of stories in Spanish.

Other reviews I read commented that this is not a beginner's book but more for intermediate. As I was looking for something intermediate, I bought it on that basis and would completely agree that it is for intermediates (with an interest in fables.)

Would I buy it? Yes - if it was £1.00.
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I bought this book too early in my learning journey- it was far too difficult for me as a beginner. Now, as I have got quite a lot better through other books, CDs and so on, i have returned to this and found it useful and enjoyable. Each page has Spanish on the left page and the English translation on the right page which makes understanding easier, although sometimes you have to resist the temptation to jump to the translation rather than figure it out.

The stories are mostly amusing, short fables, with proverbs, sayings and a few longer stories which run to several pages in the last 3rd of the book. I found this very useful for learning colloquial phrases and for improving my understanding of speech construction, and helping to build vocabulary. But vocabulary is a problem sometimes - my Spanish speaking girlfriend had never heard of a few of the Spanish words - this because, as another reviewer has pointed out, some of the stories are quite old and the language and translation reflects that occasionally. The print quality is surprisingly poor - smudged a little at times

However I enjoyed the stories (which often made me smile), I found the book easy to use and I leaned new expressions and vocabulary. Vale la pena.
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