When I think about how I’ve ever expanded my English vocabulary, it has always been through reading. My parents and grandparents read to me when I was younger, and there has always existed a warm magnetism between myself and books. I realized quickly that in order to improve my Spanish, I would need to do the same thing, so I purchased four books: Despereax by Kate DiCamillo, Charlie y la fábrica de chocolate by Roald Dahl, James y el melocotón gigante by Roald Dahl, and Gracias a Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. I’ve already started Despereaux and Charlie, and both are very fun to read. Charlie is definitely easier, so I would recommend it to Spanish learners who have completed at least three semesters of classes. My method for getting the most out of these books is very straightforward: Read a chapter out loud (I only ever read out loud, because it helps comprehension tremendously, and I learn to pronounce the words and hear them when they’re spoken). While reading, I take a pen and underline the words that I don’t know or even verbs that are being used in ways that I have never seen before. Once I finish the chapter, I go through and look up all the words and then type them into a study list in Quizlet. I look over the words a few times and then read the chapter of the book again, now with a better understanding. This has helped me so much with seeing sentence structures and usage of prepositions, which are incredibly useful when I’m writing compositions for my Spanish class or just using Spanish in general. So, since the Global Fellows are all learning different languages, I recommend doing something like this – it’s fun!

  1 comment for “Books

  1. Elizabeth
    December 8, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    I absolutely love this idea!! New Christmas break project? I think yes. The Tale of Desperaux and Because of Winn-Dixie were some of my favorite books growing up – I’ll have to see if they’re translated into German as well. Thank you so much for sharing this! 🙂

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