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Spanish Stories / Cuentos Españoles (A Dual-Language Book) (English and Spanish Edition) Revised ed. Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0486253992
ISBN-10: 0486253996
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Revised ed. edition (2001)
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 0486253996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486253992
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book includes several excellent stories by many of the finest Spanish authors starting from the 16th century to the 20th. I recommend it highly for the intermediate Spanish student.
When I started reading book I had to regularly refer to the english page for a translation. At the end of the book, I seldom need to check the translation.
I assume that the stories written in the 16th and 17th centuries were re-written to update them into current Spanish, as I would think the older Spanish would be much more difficult to understand. As a result, this made the stories easy to read at the same time I could appreciate the skill of the writers.
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I was excited to get this book because I thought it would be perfect for me. I have been trying to learn spanish for several years and it has been very difficult because I have trouble with comprehension. Usually I can read spanish better then I can understand it spoken, so I thought this was a good way to build my vocabulary and see the differences between the languages. And perhaps even record myself reading the stories for an extra way to take in the words. While I respect classical literature, this was more classroom/academic oriented then I wanted and seemed to be Spanish from Spain not Latin America. My husband is fluent in spoken Spanish (not necessarily reading/writing) and he didn't recognize some of the simple words so I knew this wasn't right for me. I was looking for more current modern stories at a more simple reading level. I am not saying you can't take anything from it but just wanted to make it more clear what to expect. I hope this is helpful to someone.
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I bought the book with a view towards,

1) improving my Spanish

2) reading interesting new thoughts by Spanish writers

It achieved both goals admirably.

I also learned that apparently the Spanish language has not changed nearly as much as the English language from the time of Shakespeare and Cervantes to the present day. I understood more of the Cervantes -- in Spanish -- than in my first readings of Shakespeare in English, my native tongue.

Some of the stories were more difficult than others to be sure. Just as there is a huge style difference between writings of Earnest Hemingway and Nathaniel Hawthorne in English.

Like a previous reviewer, I found myself referring to the English side of the book less and less as I continued to read.

One improvement should be made in future books of this type, however. The definitions of the Spanish words in the back should do more than just restate the original translation. This where the author can truly help a student understand the nuances of the language. Give the reader the origin of the word -- Latin, French, Greek, etc. -- along with a general definition, not just the repeat the same english translation used in the body of the story. If that's all the author is going to do, he should save the paper.
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This is James from James Spanish (the learning Spanish blog). This bi-lingual book is great for intermediate Spanish students wanting to apply what they have learned to a genuine context. The book is filled with stories from renowned Spanish authors such as Cervantes, Alarcon and Borges in the original Spanish and a faithful English translation.

This type of dual-language book encourages reading fluency and translational skills as well as helping to build vocabulary and give a fuller understanding of the Spanish language.

The format of the book allows for quick reference and translation, with the Spanish on one page, and the English translation on the facing page. This means you can read the stories more naturally, without flicking to different sections of the book to look up words that you are not familiar with.

The style of the authors vary, and you may find some writing easier to understand than others, just as you may find some of the stories more interesting than others. This will be due to your personal preference as well as your level of Spanish, so don't be too disheartened if you find yourself struggling to make it through one of the stories while others seem to flow easily.

A glossary in the back of the book provides a quick reference for many of the words covered in the stories so that you can reinforce what you have learned. You may also want to have a good English-Spanish dictionary to hand while you read the book so that you can have a more in depth translation of any words that are causing you trouble as well as another example of context so that you know how to use the new word you have learned.

These are the three Amazon products that I have found most helpful in my pursuit to learn Spanish.

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Just like in English, languages evolve over centuries. These are 14th and 15th century writers, classic writers of Spanish stories. Readers of this book should expect that the language in this book is not contemporary: unfamiliar words and expressions are used in each short story. Fortunately, at the back of the book many of the unfamiliar words are defined. And endnotes enhance points that aren't clear. If you're an intermediate Spanish reader, I definitely recommend getting another book. The challenges within this collection of short stories can be a bit much at times.
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