Short Stories in Spanish by Olly Richards

Short Stories in Spanish for Beginners has been written especially for students from beginner to intermediate level, designed to give a sense of achievement, and most importantly – enjoyment! Mapped to A2-B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference, these eight captivating stories will both entertain you, and give you a feeling of progress when reading.

What does this book give you?

· Eight stories in a variety of exciting genres, from science fiction and crime to history and thriller – making reading fun, while you learn a wide range of new vocabulary
· Controlled language at your level, including the 1000 most frequent words, to help you progress confidently
· Authentic spoken dialogues, to help you learn conversational expressions and improve your speaking ability
· Pleasure! It’s much easier to learn a new language when you’re having fun, and research shows that if you’re enjoying reading in a foreign language, you won’t experience the usual feelings of frustration – ‘It’s too hard!’ ‘I don’t understand!’
· Accessible grammar so you learn new structures naturally, in a stress-free way

Carefully curated to make learning a new language easy, these stories include key features that will support and consolidate your progress, including

· A glossary for bolded words in each text
· A bilingual word list
· Full plot summary
· Comprehension questions after each chapter.

As a result, you will be able to focus on enjoying reading, delighting in your improved range of vocabulary and grasp of the language, without ever feeling overwhelmed or frustrated. From science fiction to fantasy, to crime and thrillers, Short Stories in Spanish for Beginners will make learning Spanish easy and enjoyable.


This book very is quite useful if you don’t pay too much attention to the actual content of the stories – by this I mean you should use it as a learning tool, rather than expecting an engrossing story. These are for beginners, so it’s to be expected that they’re not exactly going to be very in depth. At the beginning of the book there’s a strong emphasis on how reading and finishing each story is more important than understanding every word and to not stop to look up words, I found this really helpful and encouraging because I definitely am the kind of person who would have made the mistake of looking up what I didn’t understand and getting frustrated and I’m really pleased that this method of powering through helps and that I understood a lot more than I expected to. My only issue, as another reviewer pointed out is that the book does contain some words that are used in South American Spanish speaking countries rather than what is used in Spain.

My Rating ☆☆☆☆ 4 out of 5

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