A method of learning Spanish

Here's a method to consider. I am reading the book by Gabriel García Márquez called "El coronel no tiene que le escriba". You can read the spanish version here:




See a translated (English) version here:




Hear the audio of the book (Spanish) very clearly spoken here:




And watch the movie here:




So I read a couple of pages in Spanish & while I'm reading it, I write what I think the English version would be on a Word document. Then I read the same section in the English book & see how I did, learning new words as I go. Then I listen to the audio of that section while looking at the Spanish book (or not). And then I watch the same section of the movie.


It can be slow & ponderous but in the end I figure I'll be able to simply watch the movie & understand it.

Jan 13, 2016 7:32 PM
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And of course now that I read the title "A method of learning Spanish" I don't like how that sounds & assume it would be better said "A method for learning Spanish". An edit feature really wouldn't hurt this forum.

January 13, 2016

Cheers, Dave. Great tip. For someone like me who enjoys reading, this is absolutely perfect. Thanks a lot. Also, I like the depth of your "approach". There's a huge linguistic gain behind what you are suggesting. Thanks.

January 14, 2016

This is very useful!! 

Thanks, Dave.

January 13, 2016

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll give it a try.

January 13, 2016

Somewhere is a website that has books in Spanish translation... you can read a paragraph and then swipe to the side to reveal the original English. It's mostly older books in the public domain - classics of English literature. It's helpful if you've already read the book, I find.


I'm going to try and see if I can find that URL...


it's paralleltext.io

January 13, 2016