any who has read don quijote…Am i the only one to find it pretty boring especially when listening to it because the story flaws at a very slow pace…any tips for advanced learning material and learning more lingqs?
I do enjoy it. It’s classic literature, you can’t expect it to read like a modern blockbuster. You’re either into classic literature or you are not.
Anyway I don’t think reading it is the best way to advance in the language. I enjoy reading modern novels as a way to learn the language, and that is especially true if like the rhythm of modern literature.
Tell me what kind of narrative you enjoy and I may come up with some suggestions.
If you’re looking for podcasts and similar material, sphaishell gave greate suggestions in another thread:
i am currently doing radialistas podcast (if you can call it that way) and i have done the lingq podcast (almost finished)but i just think that don quijote because it is literature it is the most “heavy” when it comes to vocab and that is why i think i should continue with it ( i have done the first 23 chapters) .coming to think of it there are many words in it that i dont know what they mean even in english or greek. So choosing the hard road to get the most out of it!!
Reading books is an awesome way to keep the language fresh in your mind, but ftornay is right in saying that reading classics isn’t the most optimal way of learning a language since a lot of the vocabulary is hard to understand even to native speakers. I can relate to what you said about not understanding the english translation.
Try to find books with lots of conversations. I love to read interviews and and since I am interested in the history of communism, I recently bought two of Ignacio Ramonet’s books which are basically very long interviews:
-Fidel Castro: biografía a dos voces (2006)
-Hugo Chávez. Mi primera vida (2013)
Both are easy to read and ridiculously interesting.
I also like to plug my favourite podcasts which sadly do not have texts:
-Dame La Voz
Both can be found on the “podcast” app on your iPhone/iPod/iWhatever or on the iVoox app (free on app store + google play).
don’t read things you are not interested in don quijote has many old fashioned words and vocabulary that you would not use in every day life like in any old literature book
radialistas is good ,radio ambulante and libribox podcasts are good too
What about sentence mining? there are decks in anki which take the most frequent words 5000 for example and then pick up the most frequent sentences with these words in som kind of sense. It is said that this way 99% of context heard or said in the everyday life is covered . Plus it is fast to kinda memorise sentences that you can say immediatly especially in the level that i am right now!!!Because reading don quijote may be tough but if you think in simple sentences things are goin in their own!! I also think that i should start learning the lingqs with SRS the most used ones or the most important not the ones that are not even used when talking with a university proffesor…What say you?
the problem is that most of the podcast do not have much vocab and in don quijote new vocab comes in bunches though as you said most of times it can not be used in everyday speech. I could try to finish lingq podcast and then try sth else???
when i was learning spanish i used this site http://albalearning.com/ it has many spanish authors from old to more modern literature from 20 minute podcasts to much longer novels
I am looking forward to one day reading Don Quixote because I always wanted to read “the” classic Spanish novel. However, I do fear it will not be as good as I hoped. And given how much of a bear linquing all the chapters was and the footnotes, etc. it might not be the fun I planned. ugh.