8th out of 50 books — 49 voters
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
Sammy gave me this book because it was on my wishlist. It's great! Lots of goofy stories and proverbs that make reading through it fun instead of tedious. And in the process, I've gradually been recalling more and more of how Spanish is actually used :)