The benefits of reading in a different language are endless…not only is it a great way to expand your vocabulary but it is an ideal way to see the language you are learning in new and different contexts. In addition to this we can learn about culture and history in Spanish speaking countries. For example, Greg is a character some of you may be familiar with, but can you guess from which book this Spanish version comes from? “El Diario de Greg”.
Reading in Spanish is not supposed to be a chore – you may not understand every word and you shouldn’t reach for the dictionary every time you don’t recognise unfamiliar vocabulary. Find a book you know you are familiar with and read slowly, looking for familiar words which can help you build context. There are even some parallel text books which have the version in English to help with new vocabulary! Finally take satisfaction when you complete the first chapter and let the language and story come alive.
Hanna Sail, Head of Spanish and Teacher of French