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Old 26th April 2009, 06:44 PM   #41
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Thanks eldiablito! I´ll have to try some of these books though I don´t know if I´ll be able to find them in the library here!
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Old 27th April 2009, 01:05 AM   #42
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No problem, Hagrid. If you can't find them at the library, you could probably buy them at amazon or somewhere for a couple of dollars each.
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Old 27th April 2009, 05:18 AM   #43
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I enjoy reading books by Paulo Coelho in spanish. I do not believe that they are tough reads (and I am beginner to intermediate in spanish), but the stories and plots make you think a lot. I highly recommend them in any language but as this is for spanish... they are wonderful and not too difficult to read in spanish.
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Old 9th May 2009, 06:24 PM   #44
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While we're recommending books in Spanish, I'm currently reading 'Guía del autoestopista galactico' by Douglas Adams. I'm only a little way through it so far but it's easy enough to understand since I know the story so well.. the language constructions seem fairly simple, worth a look.
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Old 9th May 2009, 06:31 PM   #45
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Thanks for the suggestions everyone...keep them coming in please!Didn´t really want to buy any books seeing as I´m not working at the mo, eldiablito...but it´s a good idea, thanks! As I enjoyed Como Agua Para Chocolate so much, I´m now reading another book by Laura Esquival, Malinche. I´d recommend it as it´s very interesting and fairly easy to read apart from some of the Mexican/South American vocab! It´s about the Spanish conqueror, Cortés and an Indian, Melinche, and seems a bit like the"Pochahontas" story.
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Old 20th May 2009, 06:54 PM   #46
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Hola a todos,
Desde hace un año o dos, leo todas las novelas que leo en español (no leo tanto, pero lo que leo debe de ayudarme). Al contrario de muchas personas aquí, busco cada palabra en el diccionario y lo escribo en un cuaderno. No sé si un día volveré para estudiarlas…
Leí "1984", "Como Agua para chocolate", "Los hombres son de Martes…", "La fortaleza digital (Dan Brown)", "Crepúsculo" y "Nueva luna" (Stephenie Meyer), "La casa de los espíritus" y ahora, estoy leyendo los "HP". El libro más difícil fue "La casa de los espíritus" pero estoy muy contenta de haberlo leído. Y me parece útil buscar todas las palabras porque no siempre significan lo que pienso. Ya intento adivinarlas antes de buscarlas, pero a menudo, me equivoco. O a veces, es un tipo de árbol, por ejemplo. Me gusta aprender que tipo de árbol es realmente.
Si, los niños no buscan las palabras en diccionarios, pero hacen preguntas a los adultos que les pueden enseñar que es que… (para mi, es el diccionario).
Pues, es mi opinión…
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Old 20th May 2009, 07:44 PM   #47
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Hola a todos,
Desde hace un año o dos, leo todas las novelas que leo en español (no leo tanto, pero lo que leo debe de ayudarme). Al contrario de muchas personas aquí, busco cada palabra en el diccionario y lo escribo en un cuaderno. No sé si un día volveré para estudiarlas…
Leí "1984", "Como Agua para chocolate", "Los hombres son de Martes…", "La fortaleza digital (Dan Brown)", "Crepúsculo" y "Nueva luna" (Stephenie Meyer), "La casa de los espíritus" y ahora, estoy leyendo los "HP". El libro más difícil fue "La casa de los espíritus" pero estoy muy contenta de haberlo leído. Y me parece útil buscar todas las palabras porque no siempre significan lo que pienso. Ya intento adivinarlas antes de buscarlas, pero a menudo, me equivoco. O a veces, es un tipo de árbol, por ejemplo. Me gusta aprender que tipo de árbol es realmente.
Si, los niños no buscan las palabras en diccionarios, pero hacen preguntas a los adultos que les pueden enseñar que es que… (para mi, es el diccionario).
Pues, es mi opinión…
Adiós,
Maryse
Leo mi primer libro español hoy en día (La Sombra del Viento) y ya que contiene muchísimas palabras que no entiendo consulto el diccionario muchas veces, como tú, y escribo los significados en el mismo libro con lápiz. Es un proceso laborioso pero necesario.
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Old 20th May 2009, 09:38 PM   #48
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¡Qué casualidad! "La sombra del viento" es el próximo libro que quiero leer... Parece que la historia es muy buena…

También, me parece que hay muchas palabras que se repiten al largo de un libro y saber su sentido correcto hace que la próxima vez que lo encuentras, hay mucho más suerte que vas a recordarlo...
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Old 25th May 2009, 06:25 AM   #49
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I recommend reading a book that you´ve read in English. I read Ángeles y Demonios en ingles y en español. It was fairly simple en español.
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Old 26th May 2009, 12:43 PM   #50
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Me encanta "Como Agua para chocolate"!
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Old 25th June 2009, 02:45 PM   #51
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"Crónica de una muerte anunciada" Gabriel García Márquez.
Don't be tempted to look up every word in a dictionary it is not necessary and spoils the flow of reading.
I disagree...I think that looking up difficult words or those that just sound interesting will actually INCREASE your understanding of what you are reading. The "flow" of reading can't occur if you don't understand what you're actually reading. This will take much longer, but ultimately, you'll feel like you at least understood the book, and maybe at least learned a few new words along the way!
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Old 25th June 2009, 02:52 PM   #52
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I disagree...I think that looking up difficult words or those that just sound interesting will actually INCREASE your understanding of what you are reading. The "flow" of reading can't occur if you don't understand what you're actually reading. This will take much longer, but ultimately, you'll feel like you at least understood the book, and maybe at least learned a few new words along the way!

Your choice! It is not the way that children learn to speak.

Context generally gives the clue to the nature of an unknown word. Still- whatever turns your page!
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Old 25th June 2009, 03:41 PM   #53
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I agree with you Juanjo. I get totally fed up looking words up. I'm delighted to have got to the point where it's often fairly slangy words that I don't recognise when I read my books in Spanish - usually thrillers - and I rarely bother to pick up my dictionary which weighs a ton to pick up anyway and is another reason not to be bothered.
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