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Posted June 18, 2008
If you¿re a beginner looking to learn Spanish and want to some exposure to some great Spanish writers, then First Spanish Reader is a good way to get started. It¿s a collection of 41 classic short stories along with parallel English translations and a set of relevant exercises in the back of the book. You¿ll begin with fairly simple readings, mostly using the present tense. The stories then build to harder material. What I like most about this material is its authenticity. This isn¿t stuffy or contrived educational material, its classic literature complete with all the cultural nuance and idiomatic language you would expect to find in everyday life. I was drawn to the Learning Spanish Like Crazy CDs for much the same reason ¿ because they taught me to speak authentic Latin American Spanish rather than some sterile classroom version. First Spanish Reader will not only provide some interesting insights into the Spanish language and culture, it will also help you to build your vocabulary and become more comfortable with conversing with native speakers. These are just side benefits, though. The real strength of this book is how it helps you to improve your reading comprehension.
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