Introduction to Reading Spanish, An On-Line Course
Why "Reading Spanish"?
- Reading is the true foundation skill in a foreign language.
Understanding written Spanish is simpler than understanding spoken
Spanish. To "speak" or write Spanish, one must understand what
is spoken or written to one, or a conversation cannot take place.
- Reading is the gateway to self-education.
- The Internet provides us with vast amounts of written material in
Spanish and other languages. Previously this material was costly, slow,
or impractical to obtain.
- To enable students to read standard Spanish, as found in a newspaper.
- To teach use of a dictionary, including the differences in structure
between Spanish and English dictionaries.
- To give a solid foundation to students for future writing, listening
to, and speaking Spanish.
- A key feature is that this course provides a simplified and
restructured Spanish grammar, decreasing the attention given to less
- The learning process is simplified by focusing on written Spanish
only. Students do not have to mentally "decode" the sounds of
- The course provides a number of unique tools, written for this
approach. These include an alphabetical, comprehensive list of irregular
verb forms, and an alphabetical list of verb endings, with
identification of each.
- The course will require a time commitment from you. As with any
language course, it involves some memorization.
- If you do not have a good Spanish-English dictionary, you will need
to by one. Previous students in this course have found small paperback
dictionaries inadequate. Information on dictionaries is included in
- Any graphical web browser with table support is adequate for this
course. Test to see if your browser supports
tables. However, since there is no cost in upgrading your browser,
I suggest upgrading to the latest version. Thus you will be able to 1)
hear the sound files, 2) see the backgrounds to the pages and tables, 3)
see all the special characters, such as Á,É,Í,Ó,Ú
(all of which should have a hyphen over them.). Click
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Who I am:
- My name is Daniel Eisenberg. I have a Ph.D. in Spanish from Brown
- At present I am Professor of Distance Education and Liberal Studies
at Northern Arizona University.
- Previously I was Distinguished Research Professor of Spanish at
Florida State University.
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