Wednesday, August 03, 2005

podcast #11, reading books to learn Spanish

podcast #11, reading books to learn Spanish

(link to the podcast)

Links to books and lists mentioned in this podcast:

Bilingual books
1. List from the National Education Association
2. Angel’s Kite list
3. Powell’s Books list
4. One more bilingual list

La Isla de Abel
By William Steig

James y el melocotón gigante
By Roald Dahl

By Roald Dahl

Huevos verdes con Jamón
By Dr. Seuss
Caldecott Award Winners available in Spanish

Newbery Award Winners available in Spanish

El Codigo da Vinci
By Dan Brown

Los Cuatro Acuerdos
By Don Miguel Ruiz

Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal
By J.K. Rowling

Bendícime, Última
By Rudolfo Anaya

e-book Thirteen Senses
recommended by Daniel

A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish
By John Butt, recommended by William

Pimsleur’s Spanish Plus
Recommended by Vince

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At 9/06/2005 3:20 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Since this podcast, I purchased a charming collection of childrens stories called "Cuentos de la Selva" ( stories of the forest). When I couldn't find a definition for "uras" I did an online search. While looking, I found the same collection available for free:


At 9/09/2005 2:46 PM, Blogger ... said...

I just discovered this podcast online, and after scanning the descriptions of all the episodes, I thought it might be helpful to post the books that have helped me learn spanish. Though, as you said in your first podcast, it might be different because I am a high school spanish student, I thought you should know it is not material books that worked for me as well as audiobooks. Though these are different to find in spanish, if you are able to find a book that you know read in spanish, it is both instructive and enjoyable to fill in the gaps in what you can understand with the words you already know are used in the book. Let me know if anyone finds this helpful.

At 7/04/2006 1:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you mentioned searching for children's books in Spanish it reminded me that my local library has a dial-a-story phone line that you can call and listen to a recorded story in either English or Spanish. If you want to try it, the phone number is 206-386-4656. The story changes periodically so you can call back in a week or two and read another one.

At 10/21/2006 10:12 PM, Anonymous Alexandre Rafalovitch said...

The 'Thirteen senses'is available via Overdrive programme, so it might be free for download in your library via its electronic books.
I wrote a blog entry about this at my site, but basically search for the book in the WorldCat

At 11/22/2006 1:34 AM, Anonymous Gary said...

I just found the International Children’s Digital Library. If you do the advanced search they have 114 kids books in Spanish. You can even then select by age group.

Just one more resource.

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At 8/28/2009 7:06 AM, Anonymous corsi inglese estero said...

It would be a good habit for later, but for new comers it's better to listen audios and learn words on daily basis with the help of dictionary.

At 12/16/2009 3:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,These are some good suggestions.This is another innovative method to learning Spanish: spanish flashcards

At 9/23/2010 11:40 PM, Anonymous Reviews of Fluenz Spanish said...

If anyone out there is looking at Pimsleur (which I see there is link to above), then I recommend trying a different learning Spanish program, like Fluenz Spanish.

At 11/19/2010 12:57 AM, Anonymous Learning Spanish Quickly said...

Precisely! reading different Spanish books is quiet great! Spanish is a language that continues to grow all over the world. If you want to learn Spanish then you will open up all sorts of different opportunities within your life. These opportunities will not only be about meeting new people who speak Spanish, but also through your career and employ ability as well. If you want to learn Spanish fast, think about these basic tips. Of course, the first step will be to get your basic Spanish in order. You should look to purchase an instructional CD set that will take you through the basics of the language so that you can get an initial grasp on it. Try to find teaching methods that focus on learning through thinking in Spanish, and not just through learning vocabulary. It is absolutely crucial that you are committed to the process. Make sure that you have a certain time every single day that you can commit to your learning.

This could either be in the morning before you go to work, during your lunch hour, or in the evening. Regardless of when you choose to set aside this time, make sure that you commit to it every single day. If you can find a local Spanish group in your area then it is a good idea to join up with them as well. Meet up with them on a regular basis and you will be able to immerse yourself in the language. Not only will this help you to learn the language far more quickly, but you will also be able to make some friends at the same time.

Try to watch TV shows or listen to the radio in Spanish. Watch the news or watch soaps in Spanish – these can be extremely useful at helping you to understand how certain words and phrases are said. Essentially, the key to learning the language quickly is to simply immerse yourself in it as often as you can. If you cannot actually travel to Spain or a Spanish speaking country, the next best thing would be to consider these tips.

At 5/22/2011 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think reading books is sometimes not actually that useful. I say this because the language is often very difficult (if you're reading adult books) and not always in everyday use. I personally prefer to read news articles and blogs - there's some useful advice and good resources at

At 6/21/2011 2:32 AM, Anonymous David said...

Books are supplemental and important resources to learn any language. it often provides us the essentials we need to learn more advance Spanish,

At 4/01/2013 6:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rocket Spanish provides noteworthy, conversational type of instruction immerses you within your new vocabulary and helps make learning actually quite easy.


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