In some ways, it’s easier to learn to read Spanish than it is to learn to speak it. This is particularly true if you are more of a visual person than you are an auditory one.
Nevertheless, the best approach to learning to read the language is to pursue a balanced study that includes gaining knowledge of the spoken tongue, too.
When you read something in Spanish it is usually helpful to sound it out in your head at the same time, at least when you’re beginning. You can only accomplish that if you’ve heard it spoken and know how the words should be pronounced.
Most good Spanish courses will include plenty of reading exercises, which gradually increase in difficulty.
If one of your main desires is to learn to read Spanish, you could also obtain a few children’s books written in the language and see if you can follow them. This is usually not hard, because there will be plenty of illustrations as well as a simplified word structure and basic vocabulary.
The fastest way to acquire Spanish reading ability,Spanish Magazine in my experience, is to find newspapers and popular magazines to peruse. Because these tend to contain stories about world events and famous celebrities you may already know, you will be able to figure out a lot just from the context.
Later you can move on to reading Spanish short stories, poetry and novels as you skills and confidence increase. You’ll find a wealth of material available for free on the Web. Try Project Gutenberg for starters.
When you learn to read Spanish, you will have a key that opens new cultural doors to you. So, get going and do it!
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For decoding verbs in general, an on-line or electronic dictionary such as the one I mention can help a great deal. Given most verb forms, the dictionary will understand the form and take you to the corresponding entry. However, it will still improve your reading fluency to know some common rules of thumb, such as:
– The “he/she/it” present tense forms of verbs ends in either -a (replace with -ar to look up in the dictionary) or -e (replace with -er or -ir).
– The “they” form ends in -an (replace with -ar) or -en (replace with -er or -ir) in the present tense. (Every single “they” form in the language ends in -n in any case.)
– If the verb form has an ending starting in -aba (e.g. preguntaban), then you have a past tense form; replace the part starting with -aba with -r. So in this case, the verb is preguntar; the meaning is “they were asking”, “they used to ask”– notice the final -n marking the they form.
– A verb ending with -ía is the equivalent to -aba, but for verbs ending in -er or -ir. So for example, comía comes from the verb comer, meaning “to eat” (so comía would likely mean “he/she was eating”, “he/she used to eat”).
– However, the ending -ría (notice the ‘r’) is generally equivalent to English “would…”. In this case, remove -ía, -ían etc to get the base verb. So preguntaría means “he/she would ask”.
– A word ending in -ó is probably a “he/she/it” simple past tense form; replace -ó with -ar, and -ió with -er or -ir, to find the base verb.
– The they simple past tense forms end in -ron, and specifically usually -aron (replace with -ar to look up the verb) or -ieron (replace with -er or -ir).
I hope I’ve suggested, then, how with a little bit of judicious learning, you can develop a strategy for understanding Spanish articles of some complexity. With such a strategy, reading will help you acquire new vocabulary and above all be more useful and enjoyable.