One of my Russian teaching tactics has been to use stories from the newspaper as the base for embedded readings. With beginners, that means we can read pieces of an authentic text almost from day one.
Now that I’m acquiring Spanish, however, there’s an easier way: use Bryce Hedstrom’s book, Conexiones. I read the piece about eating cuy (hamsters), and went to the source for the article. I could understand it! Wow. Bryce had set me up to understand not only the main ideas, but I even understood the verbs in some tense that I can’t name. (Passive voice?) Bryce is very smart to write a whole book that acts as embedded readings for beginning learners. Someone, please do this for Russian!
This acquisition thing has me absolutely obsessing over reading Spanish. Lately I’ve been mildly frustrated by not getting verbs right. I made myself a little cheat sheet of Preterite and Imperfect forms, and I like someone’s explanation that era goes with an era. But that means I’m getting a monitor in my head, and I am trying to avoid that, even while giving myself little pop-up grammar explanations on the second reading of anything.
Now that I have a wonderful crop of editors to correct my fast writes, I have another request. Please give me suggestions about what I could read (online, ideally) to get big doses of subjunctive.
I just took this little quiz, and aced it.
Unfortunately … that doesn’t mean I can use all the forms. I can choose perfectly when a limited number is offered with correct spelling.