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Second Spanish Reader Bilingual for Speakers of English: Pre-Intermediate…

by Lora Estrada

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I love the learning layout of this. You start with a vocabulary list. Then you have the story in two columns, the first in Spanish and the second in English. This is immediately followed by a series of patterned mini-conversations which recycle the new vocabulary as well as some basic grammatical structures. This sort of repetition is great for learning. It is exactly the sort of structure we use at the Literacy Council to teach ESOL students. It’s also nice that it is an ongoing story as that keeps you interested to continue on to the next section as well as helping retain and reuse new vocabulary. Some of the vocabulary review conversions are quite funny as well. However, I have two main criticisms and an additional suggestion.

There isn’t an "embedded audio track" in the PDF I received. At the very end of the PDF file, however, there is a page which says that you can find free audio tracks to go with the book at a website and the web address is provided. HOWEVER, the website is in a language I don’t read (neither Spanish nor English, possibly German or Dutch). Eventually, I found the right tracks by just poking around. However, I would recommend putting the website at the beginning of the book with a link directly to the page for this book as well as removing the word embedded. Even better, I would suggest a link at the beginning of each section that takes you directly to the MP3 for that section.

It also needs to be edited further. I found a multitude of types throughout the book. The errors include the omission of a letter in a fixed phrase in English ("lot" instead of "a lot"), the omission of letters from a Spanish word, words on the page that don’t match what is said in the audio track, etc. If I’ve caught this many when I’m not reading to edit, it’s fair to say that a trained eye could catch many more.


Additionally, I would recommend one small change to the audio tracks. There should be a long enough pause during the reading of the word lists for each chapter that a person could repeat the word without missing the next word.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via a LibraryThing Member Giveaway. Many thanks to all involved in providing me with this opportunity. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Aug 19, 2018 |
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Second Spanish Reader – Discover the Power of the ALARM Method Second Spanish Readers is a Beginner and Pre-Intermediate level graded reader to learn Spanish language easier and faster. If you already have background with Spanish language, this book is the best one to try. It makes use of the so-called ALARM or Approved Learning Automatic Remembering Method to efficiently teach its reader Spanish words, sentences and dialogues. Through this method, a person will be able to enhance his or her ability to remember the words that has been incorporated into consequent sentences from time to time. By practicing this method, Spanish can be learned in a fun and convenient way. You will learn Spanish vocabulary without hassle with parallel English translation. Audio tracks available on the publisher’s homepage free of charge will teach you Spanish pronunciation. You will have fun learning Spanish through this book because you will comprehend everything. You will be able to understand and create Spanish dialogues as well. Second Spanish Reader is ultimately comprehensive because each chapter is created with words explained in previous ones and with as few as possible new words. The author of this book used every opportunity to use the words used in the previous chapters to explain the succeeding chapter. This way, the reader will be able to understand every single detail of the book. Learning through this Second Spanish Reader is like attending a sophisticated step-by-step lecture of Pre-Intermediate level. There is also First Spanish Reader for complete beginners that was made in the same way. Those who do not have any background about Spanish should start with First Spanish Reader before moving on to Second Spanish Reader.

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