• Learn Spanish with Stories for Beginners

  • 10 Easy Short Stories with English Glossaries
  • By: Claudia Orea
  • Narrated by: Abel Franco, Lucia Bodas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-04-2016
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: TIF

Publisher's Summary

An Effective Way to Improve Your Spanish Reading and Listening Comprehension Skills
This book makes use of simple yet entertaining stories to help you learn Spanish. By covering a diverse range of grammar structures and vocabulary, and supplementing it with audio, you can improve your reading and writing skills, and even practice your listening and pronunciation.
Improve Your Listening Skills in Spanish
With the help of the audio, you can give your listening skills a boost as well as practice your pronunciation. Recorded by a professional voice talent from Madrid, Spain, the stories are narrated using a standard Spanish voice at a slightly slower speed than how actual Spanish people speak.
This will allow beginners and low-intermediate learners to grasp the narration properly. Extra care has also been given to the recording of the audio to ensure a pleasurable listening experience for learners.
Learn Useful Vocabulary for Everyday Situations

Movies or cinema
Ordering in a restaurant
Daily routine
Crime and police
Physical description

The stories are written using a wide range of vocabulary and diverse grammar structures. The carefully selected combination of dialogue and descriptions is especially suited for beginner to low-intermediate level learners.
What to Expect from This Book
Ten entertaining stories about everyday themes that are short enough to hold your attention, but long enough to make you feel a sense of accomplishment and progress after finishing each one.

A total of 1,000 new Spanish vocabulary words including some colloquial terms spoken in everyday Spanish conversations
Highly improved listening skills in Spanish, thanks to the audio material provided

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©2016 Frederic Bibard (P)2016 Frederic Bibard
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5 out of 5 stars
By Pax Her on 21-01-2017

Easy to follow, great for beginners!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend because it is so easy to follow along and understand.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't particularly have a favorite character because they all carried something interesting that I could relate to.

What does Abel Franco and Lucia Bodas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They bring so much authenticity, real life situations, and everyday language in these stories. The tone really helped how words should be pronounced and communicated. I wouldn't get this from just reading the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I would break up the book by stories and really digest each book if you are a beginner to better understand the concept and story line.

Any additional comments?

A really great audiobook for beginner. No purchase regret at all!

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29 of 29 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mary on 20-01-2017

Best Spanish Material I've tried so far.

Would you listen to Learn Spanish with Stories for Beginners again? Why?

Most definitely yes! The materials are great and the audio is easy to understand.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything about it. The simplicity and discourse.

Have you listened to any of Abel Franco and Lucia Bodas ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This one is much better.

Any additional comments?

This is not the first Spanish learning material that I've tried. And I must say that this is probably one of the best if you wanted to learn faster. I love that the narration is slightly slower compared to a normal conversation which allowed me to get a better grasp of the pronunciation which is important for beginners like me. I was particularly interested in learning words that I can use in casual conversation which this book was clearly able to help me with. Not only do I know now how to speak casual Spanish but the audio recording has also helped me fix my accent and tone when speaking Spanish. Compared to other Spanish learning materials, the recording in this book has been well recorded and is a pleasure to listen to. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to speak and write in Spanish whether you are a beginner or intermediate learner.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Carole on 24-01-2017

Great study tool!

I have a few trips to Spain coming up, so I bought this book to remember my Spanish and to get used to the accent used in Spain, (as I learned my Spanish in Latin America). I like to listen to it on my morning commute, and after some experimentation, I found a method of using it that works for me.

There are ten stories, each about 12 minutes long, one per chapter. The next ten chapters go over the vocab of each story, stopping every few sentences to go over vocab. This is super helpful as I don't need to bother with looking things up in a dictionary.

The way I've found works best is to listen at 0.75x speed to the original story, then skip ten chapters ahead and listening to the version of the story that's interspersed with vocab definitions. Then I listen to the story again at a normal speed.

I like that the stories are about both usual situations and unusual ones (like about astronauts). Would recommend for an intermediate Spanish speaker. So far it feels like my listening skills have gotten better and vocab has improved. I'm glad I found this audiobook because by the time I'm in Spain, I'll be speaking enough to get by!

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Marius on 15-06-2016

Pdf book

The quality is very good but didn't get the pdf versions of the stories although promised in descr

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