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Pobre Ana

2.70  ·  Rating details ·  729 ratings  ·  209 reviews
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Paperback, 39 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Continental Book Company
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Sorry, but these here short little stories (presented in German and a number of other languages) and of which Arme Anna (Poor Anna, originally penned in English by Blaine Ray and translated into German by Helen Small) seems to be the first of the series and thus of course also the most basic, and always deliberately kept "simple" both with regard to content and especially writing style (for beginning level foreign or second language learners) I for one have generally have found them all and sund ...more
Nov 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
This book makes me very mad because Ana complains a lot and its like suck it upppp. shes all like enjoying being in mexico or whatever but she cant understand anything they say she is complaining about that now too! GAH! Im glad shes going home wait no give it time she will start complainging there too. well i finished reading this book and the ending isnt so bad i mean she doesnt complain anymore and she goes home and helps people instead which is good i guess
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a truly inspiring story of satisfaction and love. Ana's show of compassion at the end of the story tugs on the heartstrings, and the conclusion evokes a tear-jerking and bittersweet ending for all lovers of Ricardo and Ana's beautiful relationship-- a perfect mix of platonic caring and clear passionate undertones. Full of deep characters and developed themes, Pobre Ana fills the heart and mind, and is truly worth a read.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Amazing literature. Changed my life.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is on Goodreads apparently. Only Maddie (or anyone else that takes Spanish) will get this.
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
we stan this messy queen
Jun 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Pobre Ana is about a girl named Ana. Ana is very annoyed with the way her life is going. Her dad never gives her money to buy clothes, her mom always yells at her over stupid things, and her siblings take her things without asking and never help her with her homework. One day, Ana’s spanish teacher offers her a good opportunity to travel to Mexico for the summer, and stay with the Sánchez family. At first, Ana isn’t allowed to go because her dad has no money to pay for it, but then she tells hi ...more
Madison Hanneman
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is an easy read for Spanish beginners. I read this in my Spanish 3 class, and it was really easy to understand. This book is about a girl named Ana who complains about the littlest things in her life. Ana wins a chance at school to go to Mexico, and live with a family for a few months. Ana realizes that her problems aren't nearly as bad as the problems in Mexico. I would recommend this book to high schoolers that are currently learning Spanish, or want to learn Spanish. It's a great bo ...more
May 13, 2011 rated it did not like it
Worst book in the whole wide world. First sentence: Ana has problems with money and her family. I had to read it in Spanish. It was painful to read.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
It was the worst book I've ever read.
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
As the most spoiled girl I've ever seen in literature once said, "Él es guapo. Es muy, muy guapo!"
Stephanie Wong
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
OH MY I FINALLY FINISHED THIS. trust me, this took much longer than one month.
I thought the story was meh. It's about this girl who has a whole bunch of problems but when is given the chance to live with a family in Mexico over the summer, she goes there. Then she meets new friends and learns that the problems that she has with her family are normal and that she should be more grateful for what she already has.
In terms of using this book as a learning tool for those taking beginning Spanish, it
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Jedi Master Megan
Feb 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Best book ever
One of these is lying, either the review or the rating. If you've read the book, you know which it is.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Hannah Fabry
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is a good read, and is an excellent book for students learning how to speak Spanish. My Spanish III class read this and it was easy to understand with our knowledge of Spanish. I thought the author did an excellent job adding in the facts about Mexico. This book is about a girl named Ana that complains about a little problem. She gets offered to go to Mexico and live with a family for a few months. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn Spanish or someone who is currently lea ...more
Anna O’Brien
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It is rare that a novel is so masterfully crafted that it captures your heart and keeps it for long after you have put the book away. The novella Pobre Ana is one of those rare books. I finished the novella few days ago and (for better or worse) every word has stuck with me. It haunts my dreams (and my nightmares). It is the story of love and growth. It is the epitome of literature. A stunning achievement! A masterpiece greater than anything Monet ever created. Dónde está the sequel?
Jan 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
In Spanish, not that good. Wek plot on top of the fact that it is very short
Jun 13, 2009 added it
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Come on.. this was just lame. and it was "the easiest book in the easiest series for beginner spanish". Way to make me feel stupid. I hate Sra. infanzon!
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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May 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Anne likes little kids and idk how to feel about that...OH!¡ and she dates dudes she doesn’t even know 🥴
Neil Gussman
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very easy to read. Good restart for my French reading.
Paul Weiss
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Una primera historia completamente en español

TPRS is a living foreign language teaching method that stands for Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling created by a Spanish teacher, Blaine Ray, in the late 1980’s. Pobre Ana is the first and easiest novel is a series of four TPRS efforts written by Blaine Ray for first year students of the Spanish language. With a vocabulary of only 300 words, Pobre Ana will clearly not win any prizes for literary value or plot development. But it’s
Nicholas kolz
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book is about a girl named Ana, who likes to complain about the littlest things until she gets her way. She's upset because her family struggles and doesn't have enough money to buy things or lend her money to go take a trip to mexico with her friends. When she finally gets to go to Mexico, she complains that she can't quiet understand them and finds out that they have it way worse then she does. After the trip from Mexico she realizes that she doesn't have it so bad after all.
I would reco
May 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
I had to read this book for Spanish class, but I didn't really enjoy it. It wasn't because it was an easy read or that the plot was simple, but I disliked the main character. The character was complaining during the start of the book about how she doesn't have enough money and clothes. She then goes to Mexico where I thought she would get a better understanding about how lucky she is. It mostly just talked about the people she met and all the places she went. She still complained about not being ...more
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a book written in Spanish about a Mexican girl living in California who doesn't come from a very rich family. She thinks she has a bad life because her friends all have nicer things than her. She then takes a trip to Mexico and realizes how good her life is back home. I thought this was a good book to read to help get use to reading in Spanish. I would recommend it to anyone just learning the language, because it is very helpful when learning to comprehend Spanish.
Feb 04, 2013 rated it liked it
"Pobre Ana" is about a girl who thinks her life is horrible, until she has a chance to go to Mexico for a summer. While in Mexico she becomes very close with a family she was staying with and discovers that there is more to life than just material possessions, it is about being with the ones you love and making the best out of what you already have. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning Spanish.
Kaitlin Moore
Man, the reviews on this are fantastic. The book is either taken WAY too seriously, or the reviews are satirical.

Will it win prizes for excellent literature? Of course not... but you try to write award winning literature using the same 300 words over and over. It does give you the feel for the language and introduces new words in a way that will help you remember. It complete's it's objective and is worthwhile if you are starting to read in Spanish.
Vibiana Cruz
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is such an easy read. I liked how the author incorporated the facts of how someone would live in Mexico. Ana, the main character, thought she struggled and was the only one that got yelled at by her parents but once arriving with her Spanish family she noticed that everyone went through it. I recommend this to any spanish class or simply anyone that wants to be challenged a little because true and interesting facts are given out.
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