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Reviewed by A. L. Peevey for Readers' Favorite
When we truly want to learn a language, inside and out, there are some great resources available to us. Dual Language First Spanish Reader: Parallel Spanish-English Short Stories For Beginners by Peter Oakfield is one of those resources. It is an enjoyable reading and study guide, written to accelerate our language learning. It contains 50 stories and shorter readings in Spanish with the facing page of each showing the text in English. With each piece of text in both languages, presented side by side, sentence structure and vocabulary can easily be compared without the constant need to look up words in a dictionary. The readings are brief and often amusing, making language practice entertaining. An important feature of this Spanish language reader is its introduction of The Method of Re-Translation. This method encourages and teaches learners to interact with Spanish, making it an active process rather than just a passive one.
Dual Language First Spanish Reader by Peter Oakfield, if used in the way the author intends, can make learning Spanish easier and fun. It has been meticulously written to help readers in acquiring an active knowledge and use of the Spanish language. Of course, learning to speak and write a new language takes consistent effort on the part of learners. I am a life-long language learner and have been a college-level Spanish teacher myself for over twenty years. I applaud Peter Oakfield’s enthusiasm and talent for producing a very useful Spanish reader. I very much enjoyed and appreciate this book.