Reading in Spanish might be hard at first, as there are many new words, and phrases that you are not familiar with. However, this does not mean that you have to panic, because practice makes things perfect. Just remember what kinds of texts you used to read as a kid. Think about all of the progress that you have made until now. You are able to read specialty texts without finding any difficulties on the way. I bet that you can do the same thing with Spanish too. You will just need a bit of effort, and a bit of time.
Today, I have decided to show you some tips and tricks that are great for improving your reading skills in Spanish. I bet that you have already used some of these. Without keeping the suspense any longer, below are some of them.
- Use a dictionary
Probably the most common tool used when reading in a foreign language is a dictionary. You are reading, and reading, and suddenly you are stuck. There is one word that you simply do not understand. What do you do? You simply look it up in the dictionary. If you are using a paperback dictionary, you also have the advantage of stumbling upon more words while trying to find your word. The inconvenience is that it takes more time to find your word.
- Start with easy texts
When we were kids, we started by reading picture books. Then we slowly evolved into reading chapter books. Now, we are able to read novels, and even technical texts. Depending on the level of Spanish that you have, you can start with easy texts, and as soon as you develop your vocabulary, you can read harder texts, and your language skills will also evolve.
- Use a Kindle or an ebook reader
The Kindle, and even some other ebook readers have dictionaries incorporated in them. This means that you do not have to interrupt your reading every time in order to look for a word. You simply put your finger on it, and the ebook reader will give you the translation or the definition of it. The best part is that some ebook readers, like the Kindle even have an option that memorizes the new words for you. You can see them all gathered in a place. The bad news is that when you switch to reading on paper, you will find yourself putting a finger on a word, and nothing comes out.
- Use the frame option
This is an excellent tool when you are reading in a new language. What do you have to do? You need to make a frame out of a piece of paper, and put it around the page that you are reading. What is the idea behind this? Whenever you find an unknown word, you can simply write it on the frame, with the translation. After that, you will find yourself with a frame full of new words.
- Try to understand the context
Sometimes you do not need to understand each and every word in a text. You just need to understand the context, and you will remember the new word from the context that you have found it in.
- Write down the main ideas
In order to see if you have really understood the text, you need to extract the main ideas. You will see that it is hard at first, but soon it becomes easier and easier. After that, you can even try to make a short summary of the text that you have read. This helps because you can also develop your writing skills. I would advise you at first to also rely on a Spanish proofreader to help you correct your errors.
- Try to do some tests
DELE tests are the Spanish international language certifications. Their exercises are an excellent way of testing your reading skills. You will see how much you have understood of what you are reading with every test. You will even learn some tips and tricks, such as looking for key words, or skimming the text.
- Read out loud
This is more of a pronunciation exercise then it is a text comprehension one. However, it really pays off. You can start off by reading some short texts, then moving on to larger ones. The best audience that you can have is your dog. He will most definitely listen to you no matter what. The best part is that he will not laugh at you, nor will he know when you make a mistake.
- Try reading with different accents
This is a fun way to read in Spanish. It is also a great way to improve your accent. You can start by reading with a normal accent, and then trying some more exotic ones, such as those in Latin America or the South of Spain. It might be challenging at first, but you will definitely have a laugh.
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As you can see, there are many tips and tricks that will help you read in Spanish. I guess that technology has now evolved to a point in which you can find an app for about everything possible, but more about that later, so just keep on refreshing the site, because you never know when the article pops up.
I hope that the tips and tricks from above are helpful. Do you have any other tips and tricks that if you would like to share with us? If yes, you can write them in a comment down below. Who knows? We can all benefit from sharing knowledge. Also, if you try them, please let me know which of them works better for you and why. So, good luck reading, and improving your vocabulary.