Spanish: Short Stories for Beginners

  • by The Language Academy
  • Narrated by Susana Larraz
  • 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Introducing nine captivating short stories to learn Spanish.
Are you bored of the traditional methods people tell you to use to learn Spanish? Are you bored of all those dusty grammar books that pile up, making everything look so hard? What if we told you there's a better, more enjoyable way to learn Spanish and grow your vocabulary exponentially? Well, guess what? There is! The best way to learn Spanish is by hearing short stories. The problem? You might feel like you don't know where to start, or you may feel lost trying to listen to whatever pops up on the Internet. And that's exactly why we created this book.
Short Stories + Foreign Language = Faster Learning
We know how difficult it may seem to learn a foreign language from scratch, let alone trying to put all that learning into practice. But what you might not realize is that it's fairly easy to fully incorporate the essentials of a language once you frame that learning into a certain context (for example, a short story). Short stories allow you to put what you've learned so far into practice, allowing you to expand your vocabulary quickly, make sense of ideas, understand new concepts, and overall get a better grasp of the Spanish language.
Short stories work because they eliminate the stress of forcing yourself to learn. Instead, when you hear the nine captivating short stories we've prepared for you, you will learn Spanish without even realizing you're learning it! Your goal is to simply focus on a single story at a time (they only a take few minutes to listen to). The stories consist of multiple genres, including adventure, fantasy, mystery, and romance, just to name a new. We wanted these stories to be fun, interesting, and appealing, motivating you to keep on listening to find out what happens next. That's the very best way to learn, don't you think?


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Pleasant presentation: ADVANCED beginner level

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This is NOT for a person who knows no Spanish. I've got 17% Duolingo level and had to listen at least 10 times before understanding the words. (I'm an adult learner, I've never spoken a foreign language, but have PhD). After I bought the hard copy, to help me recognize the sounds, I thought I'd be able to listen and enjoy...but this book is work!! Interesting and worth the effort, though.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I wasn't reading for character analysis, though the teenage infatuation of Marta, as well as Alberto's relationships with his mother and Marta, made a cute story.

What about Susana Larraz’s performance did you like?

The performance was expressive, with a gentle way about it. However I had to listen at 1/2 speed to get the words.

Did Spanish: Short Stories for Beginners inspire you to do anything?

The book made me realize that, if this is beginning Spanish, I have a long way to go to achieve mastery!

Any additional comments?

Read this only AFTER you have basic Spanish skills.

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- SRosz

Not really for beginners

What would have made Spanish: Short Stories for Beginners better?

This book should be titled "Refresher Spanish for intermediate to advanced students". If you are a beginner, you will be truly lost and give up quickly.

Has Spanish: Short Stories for Beginners turned you off from other books in this genre?

I will continue to seek to improve my language skills, but will be more selective about choosing the right level.

What three words best describe Susana Larraz’s voice?

It's pleasant, native and warm.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was diappointed, because I thought I could just listen to it and improve my vocabulary. If you really want to learn something that stays with you from this book, you probably need to listen a number of times.

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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-22-2016
  • Publisher: The Language Academy