- 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
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,881 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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..
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stories themselves as they are mainly old fables and proverbs which means that the stories and many of the words are outdated.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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just the book I have been looking for. Excellent if you are learning Spanish. Dual language is very good.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
the kindle version can be difficult to flip between the english and the spanish texts. Good for intermediate learners of Spanish at A2 levelPublished 6 months ago by cyberdoctor
Great condition and love the dual language aspect - has motivated me to restart my SPanishPublished 7 months ago by DiDi L.
Excellent book for me.probably too difficult without the translations. I have been studying Spanish for about a year or so. Quaint old fashioned stories but with humour and depth.Published 10 months ago by Denis Reilly
I only downloaded the sample for Kindle and didnt bother with the rest as the book is not formatted for kIndle. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jo Maynard