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Spanish Short Stories for Beginners

Spanish Short Stories for Beginners

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Introduction

The content of this book is specifically oriented to English speakers who are in the process of learning Spanish as a second language. People of all ages are invited to read or listen this amazingly thrilling stories. 
Each of the stories include a vocabulary list at the end with the Spanish words that have been previously highlighted in bold. The grammatical structures that you will find are easy to understand: all complexities  are avoided in this book, and also repetition of words is on purpose, this will help the reader store the new terms while reading more and more fluently every time. The events narrated in each story follow a   chronological order so that the logic chain of the facts is not interrupted and makes it easier to follow.
The main purpose of this book is to help you in the process of acquiring vocabulary and learning grammatical structures. The vocabulary lists include all the entries translated by a professional Translator.  Remember that all the words have been translated according to the context in which they appear. For instance, querer will not be equally translated in “Quiero una manzana” (I want an apple,) “Te quiero”                (I love you,) or even “Quisiera volar” (I would like to fly.)
The lexicon that you can consciously extract from each story will be ultimately stored in your long-term memory. The aim of repeating the words is to put the same concepts in relation to other concepts of the same  kind, within the same word families and thematic fields, with different functions in other sentences or other sequence of events, different roles, and different meanings. This will help you in the process of relating the  word to the concept in your mind, similar to when you recall the concepts gained through different experiences when hearing words in your mother tongue. For example, when you hear the word “dog,” you  might probably associate it to your childhood’s pet, or to your neighbor’s dog who once bit you, or most probably: both.This is the complicated process underlying the choices behind the writing of these stories, and  you have the right to know our recipe.
You will first find commonly used words that you most probably already know.

As you go on reading, new topics will appear. Particularly, Unicornios is the first story, and it starts expanding your vocabulary on quantifiers, breakfast, shopping,body parts, and gestures. In the subsequent stories, you will find more of these items but most of them will not be included in the vocabulary list; this will help you recall another item that appeared in a previous story.
Later on, as you go on reading, you will find common idiomatic expressions, e.g. tener razón means “to be right.” These are expressions consisting in more than one word, which cannot be separated into its parts  to find out the meaning of the expression as a whole and very rarely coincide with a literal translation.
The vocabulary entries have been alphabetically ordered for your comfort,making it easier to find the words in case you cannot remember a particular one and have to go back to the chart.
Some of the stories are quite simple, always with a plot that ends with a nice lesson. A few other stories, such as Reunión III, while still easy to understand, hide the end and leave it to your deduction skills. Other  stories, like Sin nombre or Otra anécdota diaria will deep into cultural and historical facts in Latin American countries.
The stories kindly encourage reflections about our everyday actions (withsociety, with our family, with ourselves), priorities (education, friendship, diversity),influences (social, technological, generational), assumptions, etc.Just reading a glossary has been proven a completely useless and ineffective method to learn another language, not to mention counterproductive as it demotivates and frustrates you. It should  be learnt in an enjoyable, fun, and personal way with different concepts appearing in different contexts, as stated in Sin nombre, “everything acquires meaning when put in a context” and that is what this book is  intended to do.Discover worlds similar to this one, as well as other worlds where weird creatures communicate with humans.
It is highly advisable that you read the stories twice or more until you don’t need to consult the glossary more than 5 times. Moreover, do not skip the introduction to each story as this will predict important points  that you may consider while reading,such as conjugations, word families, or main topics.
If you are tired of doing repetitive grammar exercises, this is the perfect book:genuine stories with divergent thought and contemporary perspectives embedded that I swear you will not find anywhere else.Only  conversational language is included, and narration conforms a big part of our everyday talk. Don’t you usually find yourself in a situation where you can’t skip the setting, probably to justify your actions, opinions or  feelings? Be able to retell your anecdotes with the correct grammatical structures and a wide vocabulary range.
Hop on!

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