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  • Learn Spanish with 20 Amazing Short Stories and Grow Your Vocabulary in the Funniest Way. Written and Narrated by Native Spanish Speakers
  • By: Blanca Garcia
  • Narrated by: María Trapaglia
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)

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Spanish Short Stories for Beginners

By: Blanca Garcia
Narrated by: María Trapaglia
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Summary

Do you know what the hardest thing for a Spanish learner is?

Finding proper learning material that they can handle, which is precisely the reason we’ve designed this book!

Teachers love giving out tough, expert-level literature to their students - books that present many new problems to the learner and force them to search for words in a dictionary every five minutes - it’s not entertaining, useful, or motivating for the student, at all, and many soon give up on learning!

In this audiobook, we have compiled 20 easy-to-listen-to, compelling, and fun stories that will allow you to expand your vocabulary and give you the tools to improve your grasp of the wonderful Spanish tongue.

How Spanish Short Stories for Beginners works:

  • Each story will involve an important lesson of the tools in the Spanish language (verbs, adjectives, past tense, giving directions, and more), involving an interesting and entertaining story with realistic dialogues and day-to-day situations.
  • The summaries follow a synopsis in Spanish and in English of what you just heard, both to review the lesson and for you to see if you understood what the tale was about.
  • At the end of those summaries, you’ll be provided with a list of the most relevant vocabulary involved in the lesson as well as slangs and sayings that you may not have understood, at first!
  • Finally, you’ll be provided with a set of tricky questions in Spanish, providing you with the chance to prove that you learned something in the story. Don’t worry if you don’t know the answer to any - we will provide them immediately after, but no cheating!

We want you to feel comfortable while learning the tongue. After all, no language should be a barrier for you to travel around the world and expand your social circles!

So, look no further! Buy Spanish Short Stories for Beginners.

©2020 Blanca Garcia (P)2020 Blanca Garcia

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Long but honest review

So I have positive and negative points to make about this audiobook. I'm just going to be totally honest and hope that my review helps someone.

Firstly, I have been learning Spanish for a year but progress has been fairly slow. If I had more time to dedicate to learning I'm sure it would move more quickly. If you're like me and you have been studying on and off for a few months to a year, then you're probably starting to crave more content in Spanish over the other learning avenues that are heavily in English with odd Spanish vocabulary.

This is a great audiobook to download if you're wanting to hear heavy Spanish content over English. It is similar to watching a film in Spanish, and I do think that this is an important step in learning a language. However, when watching a Spanish film, most likely you would have English subtitles, and that would aid in learning as you'd see an instant translation for words and sentences you haven't heard before. With this audiobook, the layout is pretty much short stories (but they are long enough to get a bit lost) and I think this is not helped by the fact that a. There are no English subtitles which I think would help massively and b. There is not an immediate translation after the story finishes. There is simply a 'summary' in English, but it misses most of the detail and is more like reading the blurb of the book.

Personally for me, this hasn't massively helped me to increase my knowledge of Spanish. It has been lovely to listen to Spanish speaking, but there isn't enough translation in order to help you learn what you are listening to. Therefore most of the time I was hearing hdbdhfhjdjss 5 years hdbdhfhjdjss my mother dhdhhdhd works dhhfhdjdjs tomorrow etc, so I was just picking out the words that I already knew, and wasn't learning new content.

The exercises after the stories where you have to answer multiple choice questions can be difficult to get right if you haven't fully understood what you've heard.

I think this audiobook is a little difficult for me, and I'm heading towards stage 2/3 of Spanish. If you are a total beginner, you are going to be totally lost with this.

Therefore I would recommend this to those with a decent level of Spanish, not complete beginners. And I would also suggest listening to this when you can sit with a pen and paper and list down words you hear that you want to find the translations for. This isn't really the sort of thing that would make a good learning exercise for you to simply listen to whilst driving or doing housework etc, for that I would recommend the audiobooks that are more repetitive and include translations.

I also think that the narrator has a lovely voice, but speaks incredibly fast and her Spanish is not as easy to understand as for instance duolingo Spanish voices or Spanish pod 101 etc. So I would suggest this as a next stage listening exercise after you have completed basic Spanish lessons.

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