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GQgeek

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Can any spanish speakers recommend a couple good books for me to read that will help build vocabulary but not be way beyond my intermediate reading level? thx.
 

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a great way to build vocabulary is by reading news articles online. any book which is actually good will be difficult for you. if you must, try 'el laberinto de la soledad' or the works of pablo neruda.
 

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Originally Posted by matadorpoeta
a great way to build vocabulary is by reading news articles online. any book which is actually good will be difficult for you. if you must, try 'el laberinto de la soledad' or the works of pablo neruda.

Is there a spanish equivalent to the BBC (covers all south american countries)?
 

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Originally Posted by GQgeek
Is there a spanish equivalent to the BBC (covers all south american countries)?
i don't know, but any large newspaper will have an international section; just like the san francisco chronicle covers news in rio de janeiro, if it's big enough news.

you should try 'la marca', which is like the new york times of spain, 'excelsior' in mexico city, or whatever newspaper they read in buenos aires.
 

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Originally Posted by GQgeek
Can any spanish speakers recommend a couple good books for me to read that will help build vocabulary but not be way beyond my intermediate reading level? thx.
Here.
 

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Originally Posted by GQgeek
Can any spanish speakers recommend a couple good books for me to read that will help build vocabulary but not be way beyond my intermediate reading level? thx.

"los santos inocentes" by miguel delibes. i enjoyed reading it and it definitely helped my spanish.

it's about "feudal" spain during the franco period, like modern day serfs and lords (who have bmw's). it's not a happy story.

there's a movie, too, which i love.
 

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Originally Posted by RJmanbearpig
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I always used to read Yahoo! Spain. Now I try to read Yahoo! Korea but the stories are always morbid so I've gone to other sites.
 

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You might want to start with short story collections, because you're going to go kind of slowly at first, and a novel often winds up taking longer than your interest lasts. Have you tried one of those parallel text books?

When I was in a mid-level Spanish course, we read chapters from Platero y Yo, which is a kid's book but isn't too bad for an adult, and Sin Noticias de Gurb, which is pretty funny and has just enough slang-type terms.

Originally Posted by matadorpoeta
you should try 'la marca', which is like the new york times of spain

I don't know if I'm missing some NYTimes-bashing humor here, but La Marca is just about sports.
 

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