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First Spanish Reader: A Beginner's Dual-Language Book
by Angel Flores
Perfect for beginning students of Spanish, this affordable anthology is filled with 41 delightful stories and proverbs based on works of Don Juan Manuel, Luis Taboada, Ricardo Palma, and other noted writers. Complete and faithful English translations are featured on the facing pages of the Spanish text. Exercises are also included.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published December 1st 1988 by Dover Publications
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This small book of barely over 100 pages includes parables, folktales, and short stories from Spanish writers in a dual language format, with Spanish on one page and English facing it. The selections increase in difficulty, but gently so, the first few using only present tense verbs, for example. All the selections are charming and entertaining, and by the time the reader reaches the longer short stories in the last third of the book, he is immersed in the narratives themselves, a thoroughly enj ...more
I enjoyed nearly all the stories in the book but I feel that as a "First Spanish Reader," it progresses much too rapidly from the initial stories to the stories at the end of the book. The final stories require a huge vocabulary--I ended up looking at the English translation on the opposing side much more frequently. Hence, the problem is more about the title of the collection than the collection itself! It should of been called, a Spanish folk tales in Spanish and English. Period. No "first" or ...more
This book has been very helpful in my endeavor to regain my spanish skills. Pages are alternated between the spanish text and its english translation. The stories were all clever and interesting, and always having the english translation readily available on the adjacent page made for a genuinely educational experience. However, I did feel that the vocabulary and the grammar were a little more advanced than practical for beginners or even intermediate students.