Reviews - What do customers think about El misterio de la llave (Leer en Espanol) (Leer En Espanol)?
An Excellent Next Step for the Beginner and Intermediate Student of Spanish Aug 16, 2005
I found the Level 1 series of "Leer in Español" by Santillana USA Publishing Company to be a strong complement to Pimsleur's audio courses (which are also excellent). I have read all of Level 1 now (using a vocabulary limited to 400 words), and I am proceeding to Level 2 (using 700 words). The texts use mostly present tense verbs, which are more accessible to beginners, but some preterit and perfect tense forms appear as well. The stories are engaging, but the texts are didactic also, deliberately illustrating varying uses of Spanish verbs and prepositions which defy exact English translation and thereby providing more experience with the language, both in its everyday forms and more lyrical possibilities.
A simple mystery May 10, 2000
The Universidad de Salamanca-Santillana has publishedasimplified yet well done version of the story El misterio de lallave. It is entirely in Spanish and is written for 4-8 year oldnative speakers but I am using it in my Spanish One course at the high school level. What I find useful, besides a very interesting story line, are the nice illustrations, helpful questions for comprehension, and the dictionary at the end of the book. I especially enjoyed the dictionary as all of the words are defined in Spanish. I heartily recommend this book to Spanish parents desiring to introduce their children to good stories and Spanish teachers wanting to teach literature starting the first year.