Read in Spanish: What is a graded book?

Learning Spanish implies working on many aspects of the language such as grammar, listening comprehension, vocabulary and reading comprehension among others. When it comes to reading, many people (and even teachers) think that the only reading they should do is the ones offered in the textbooks as an exercise to develop this skill. While this is not bad at all, it can not be the only moment that you, student, get the chance to read in Spanish.

It is important to give yourself the chance to enjoy and explore different authors and genres as you would do in your native language. Reading in Spanish should not be a difficult task when you are learning the language. However, you should be aware of which kind of texts are the best for you to read.

So...should I read newspapers, blogs and any text that I find on the web?

When we say "read in Spanish", it does not mean read whatever you find available to read. What will happen if you do this is that either you'll find texts too difficult to read, too easy or not interesting at all. So when we say "read in Spanish", we are talking about reading graded books (or graded readers), friendly books for language students.

Understanding the difference between "book" and "graded book". 

First of all, let's be all on the same page: when we say "book", we don't mean any book written in Spanish. We are talking about graded books or graded readers. Graded readers are books written specifically for language learners and adapted to their levels. Reading a book in another language can be very challenging for most students since they would find too many unknown words and grammar structures that are beyond their level. This could be very frustrating and intimidating, leading the students to shut themselves down to the experience of reading in a new language. But if they start reading with graded readers, they will not have to stop at every single word just to look it up in the dictionary to know what it means; they will read in a more fluent way, improving not only their vocabulary but also their cultural baggage. 

In the beginning, you will read simple texts. As you learn more and more Spanish, the complexity of the texts will increase until you get to the last levels, C1-C2, when you'll be able to read graded readers as well as books with no adaptation for students.

So what are you waiting for? Start reading in Spanish with Delearte! Choose your level, choose your graded reader and enjoy stories in Spanish!

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