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Spanish Short Stories for Beginners Audiobook

Spanish Short Stories for Beginners: Improve Your Reading and Listening Skills in Spanish

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Publisher's Summary

Learn Spanish and improve your Spanish listening skills with these short stories.

Gain a greater vocabulary that you can use immediately, every day. You will add 1500+ Spanish words and expressions to your repertoire through the encounter of descriptive sentences and casual conversations woven throughout the stories.

Sharpen your comprehension of the spoken word by listening to the audio via two native Spanish speakers (male and female voice).

Learn how to pronounce Spanish words properly.

You receive audio in three formats:

  • Slow version of the stories in a male voice which helps beginners improve their pronunciation.
  • Normal speed of those stories in a female voice for intermediate and advanced learners. Train your ears to understand what is being said.
  • Only the vocabulary with enough time to repeat the words with their English translation: audio flash cards!

These stories are perfect for beginners as well as for those who want to brush up on their Spanish language skills.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Frederic Bibard (P)2017 Frederic Bibard

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    Emmanuel 02-07-17
    Emmanuel 02-07-17
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    "Good foundation in learning the Spanish language"
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    I studied Spanish language in College and continued learning it using alternative mobile applications but that was a long time ago and mostly just reading Spanish words and their translations. This audiobook is truly a refresher for a novice like me in Spanish language.

    Listening to the stories allow me to enhance my comprehension and help me learn how to pronounce Spanish words the right way. The difficulty level will not stressed you out but rather help you learn the basics of the language while being entertained.


    The stories involve words and phrases that can be used in a day to day conversation and the delivery of it is so clear and easy to understand. The pacing of the narrators voices both male and the female one allows me to comprehend the phrases effectively. Furthermore, the narrators enunciate the words fluently and in a conversational way. Grammatical structures were presented in a smart way that lets you grasp it easily and the vocabulary section at the last part was presented in a way that will stay in your memory. The audiobook is a really helpful tool to learn the Spanish language quickly and efficiently. It allows me to be more confident in learning the language. This medium is really an effective tool to brush up your Spanish and to let you have a good foundation of it.

    52 of 52 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-04-17
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    "Enjoy while Learning....."


    I enjoyed the male speaker as I find the manner of what he says in a slow, sure fashion with the correct enunciation and pronunciation of the words & phrases. It’s as if he is trying to spell out the words as he speak them. Also, he knows when to emphasize points and delivers them well. He is such a good storyteller so that a non-Spanish speaker can somehow get a bit of an idea of what he was talking about and can understand the whole story.

    On the other hand, the first female speaker presented herself well as she speaks the language in a way it is done in a natural setting – very conversational, fluent and you can feel the emotions as it is spoken. I love the highs & lows of her voice as she speaks depending on the situation.

    The second female speaker with the conventional method of giving out the Spanish words and phrases and subsequently providing their counterpart English words and phrases is the simplest and easiest to do. I like that the conjugation of the verb is also being explained so helps one to understand better the use of the verb tense. However, this method maybe is not as interesting and engaging as the first two stories above.

    Overall, I find this a useful and worthy audiobook both for a beginner and someone who has already a grasp of the Spanish language but wants to learn more. Truly, one can enjoy while learning!

    40 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Madison Baker 02-06-17
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    "Great Way to Learn the Basics!"

    As a pre-medicine student, Spanish is extremely helpful and useful to have on my resume. It is not required in college, but I possess some knowledge from high school. I desired the ability to brush up on my skills, and refresh my memory of the language, so I sought out an audiobook in order to be able to hear the words being spoken. I came across this audiobook and absolutely loved the presentation and the content. At the beginning of the book, the author provides an introduction and an email, which I found to be very helpful if having trouble accessing the PDF version. It was nice to be able to follow along with the PDF version while also hearing the story. This allowed me to recognize words and spell them correctly.

    In regards to the speaker, he was very easy to follow. He spoke clearly and slowly so that the listener could take time to comprehend the story. The content of the book is perfect for beginners; it possesses everyday words that would be useful in common conversation. The story was interesting, yet provided knowledge that the listener could apply later.

    Overall, I adored this audiobook; I would definitely recommend it to my friends and peers looking to learn the basics of Spanish.

    33 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Danilo 02-03-17
    Danilo 02-03-17
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    "Absolutely will add to you Spanish language skills"
    Would you listen to Spanish Short Stories for Beginners again? Why?

    Certainly. Spanish language has always been a big part of my own native language and this book made me much closer to it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the stories and how the voice over was able to give life to the stories and scenarios in the various chapters.


    Have you listened to any of Lucia Bodas and Abel Franco ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not yet, but now, I would like to listen to more of it.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, indeed.


    Any additional comments?

    Perfect for those who want a fresh way of learning Spanish once again.

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Edjeil 02-07-17
    Edjeil 02-07-17
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    "A perfect way to jumpstart to speak in Spanish!"

    I really enjoy this audio-book. It also helps that Lucia Bodas and Abel Franco deliver and narrate the story in a clear way for us non Spanish-speaking listeners. Since I am learning how to speak in Spanish this a good way for me to learn this beautiful language. I hope you guys give is a try because you will not be disappointed!

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Gustavo 02-10-17
    Gustavo 02-10-17
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    "Good content and awesome learning experience."
    What made the experience of listening to Spanish Short Stories for Beginners the most enjoyable?

    The book introduce you in casual routine through short stories which represent real situations, showing a dynamic and useful vocabulary for a daily conversation. For beginners students this is an excellent way to learn Spanish. I really enjoyed the story of Jose and Isabel, and also the reinforcement of the words ( Doing a fast translation to English ), I increased the range of my vocabulary.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The both storytellers have an amazing pronunciation, this make the process of listening and memorize easier, they talk in an appropriate timing providing a perfect comprehension of the words.


    Have you listened to any of Lucia Bodas and Abel Franco ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No i've never heard before.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story about Jose e Isabel and his family, the story is situated in a different period of time which makes the content interesting and curious, the costumes, culture and the behaviour of the family whose lived at that age was something that made me think how we changed our behaviour during the time, issues as pregnancy, work, family changed so much since that time.


    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Clarissa 02-06-17
    Clarissa 02-06-17
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    "Perfect for Beginners!"
    Where does Spanish Short Stories for Beginners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best book out there. I definitely recommend this book for beginners, easy to understand and to follow.


    What about Lucia Bodas and Abel Franco ’s performance did you like?

    Clear and easy to understand! :)


    Any additional comments?

    Reading and listening to the book simultaneously reminded me of the times that I started learning the language. This book helped me refresh my memory in a very engaging way.

    43 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    Dina Lukasko 02-07-17
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    "Great Book for Beginners Looking to Learn Spanish"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because it was a smooth read and really helped me grasp Spanish language, conjunctions and much more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spanish Short Stories for Beginners?

    The many vocab words that I learned and the great short stories told in the book.


    What about Lucia Bodas and Abel Franco ’s performance did you like?

    I liked the speed at which they read. It was not to fast so I could comprehend what they were saying but not to slow to where I did not want to read it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really it was a great learning experience.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a really good book to read. I have taken Spanish classes in the past and learned some Spanish but this book really helped me understand the Spanish language. I thought the pace of the book was great, it went slow enough that I could understand what was being said or at least parts that I recognized but did not go to slow so that it did not drag on. I recommend this book to anyone who is trying to start learning Spanish or trying to brush up on their Spanish or French. The definitions that were being explained helped me refresh my vocabulary. This was a great book that allowed me to learn Spanish and French better than I have before.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    lester 02-07-17
    lester 02-07-17
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    "AWESOME!!!"
    Where does Spanish Short Stories for Beginners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Spanish Verbs Conjugation - with No Memorization!it boost my interest in studying spanish language.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spanish Short Stories for Beginners?

    having fun and learning more vocabularies.


    Which character – as performed by Lucia Bodas and Abel Franco – was your favorite?

    Spanish-Short-Stories-for-Beginners and Spanish-Verb-Drills-Mega-Bundle.it helps learn how to pronounce Spanish words properly with correct pronunciation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    it would be ...
    HOLA SPANIA.


    Any additional comments?

    this books are great this will be a great help and boost interest to anyone wants to learn spanish while having fun listening to the short stories

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 02-15-17
    Sarah 02-15-17
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    "Great book for beginners like me."
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    I found the short stories very helpful for beginners studying the Spanish language like me. The male narrator speaks not too slow and not too fast so every word is clear and easier to understand. The story is also simple and yet inspiring in a way that you would like to listen to it again.

    I like the section 15 of this audio book for the Spanish to English translations. It is a great refresher for me, making it easier to recall the words I have learned before. It also helped me with the correct pronunciations of the Spanish words.

    Overall, it is definitely a great audio material to recommend to friends learning the Spanish language.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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  • Ileana Mihali
    2/12/17
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    "Brilliant!"
    Would you listen to Spanish Short Stories for Beginners again? Why?

    I would definitely listen again, i do have a passion for the Spanish culture and i travel there a lot. This book really helps improving conversational skills


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spanish Short Stories for Beginners?

    All the way through, this book was just perfect. Overall, i liked very much the narrator, his speech is clear and you can understand everything. Juan`s story about friends and living in London was really good.


    Have you listened to any of Lucia Bodas and Abel Franco ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is my first book but will definitely browse for more.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    How to be... Spanish :-)


    Any additional comments?

    I am just preparing for a short holiday in Madrid and this book is of great help. Although I did study Spanish in university, I found myself unable to hold a decent conversation after all these years. Been listening to the short stories in the last couple of days and I can honestly say my Spanish is now as good as it was back then. It truly helps with the pronunciation given it is an audiobook. Not to mention the narrator is fantastic! It is all on my Iphone so I can listen to it at home, at work during my breaks and I am definitely planning to keep on listening to the stories on my flight out. Would recommend!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/2/17
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    "Good Book!"
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    As a person who learned Spanish long ago It was quite refreshing to brush up my Spanish skills, even though my level is a beginner. For those who are looking to listen to Spanish language being spoken slowly look no more! I know that when you are just learning Spanish it is very hard to grasp Spanish people speaking, as they speak fast and with an accent. This book will help you to get used to listen and comprehend the Spanish language.

    After the short story, there is a translation, which is amazing! As you don’t have to translate it yourself. Also, there is a vocabulary, which gives you the words and their translation.

    The narration is slow, understandable and distinct. The recording is clear and of good quality, gives you pleasure listening to Spanish. Would recommend to somebody who wants to listen to Spanish language and learn some new words, as you can actually hear each one of them!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony Brown
    3/27/17
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    "Easy to understand and clear Spanish."
    If you could sum up Spanish Short Stories for Beginners in three words, what would they be?

    Simple Clear Informative. These short stories are lovely to listen to even for those who are not proficient with the language.


    What other book might you compare Spanish Short Stories for Beginners to, and why?

    Other German books I've heard in the past with short stories have helped me to learn German and this book would do the same job for Spanish!


    What about Lucia Bodas and Abel Franco ’s performance did you like?

    Their voice was very clear, and easy for me to understand, not rushed which is important!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I'll leave that surprise to the reader!


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful easy to listen to short stories. Simple and easy to follow along even if your just starting to learn spanish, a great book for those picking up spanish again.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Trecia
    3/24/17
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    "Great start"
    If you could sum up Spanish Short Stories for Beginners in three words, what would they be?

    Very good audio


    What did you like best about this story?

    The clarity and fact that it wasn't rushed


    Have you listened to any of Lucia Bodas and Abel Franco ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend for anyone who wants to brush up on their Spanish. It's a great place to start

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rokas
    3/22/17
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    "Great Audiobook!"
    What did you like most about Spanish Short Stories for Beginners?

    I would exclude two things:

    1.The content of the stories. I am just the beginner, but I have found a rich vocabulary which is useful in everyday conversations. I am going to spend some time improving my language before the trip to Spain!

    2. The easy layout. You get pdf file as well, so it's great to check the spelling or follow the conversations. Personally, I can't learn much just listening, so in this case, the pdf is very useful for me, because I can just read the conversations at the same time I listen to them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spanish Short Stories for Beginners?

    I have enjoyed everything in this audiobook, however, I like the short questions with the solutions after each story, so you can check yourself if you really listen carefully.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I have mostly enjoyed the beginning of the 2nd story (about the night in the cinema) because it was simple and helped me to remember some ordinary, but very useful Spanish sentences.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It's hard to say because all of the stories are different. However, I will probably just call it 'Spanish stories'


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend the audiobook for everyone who wants to learn Spanish or improve the language.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jethril
    2/18/17
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    "Very good"
    Would you listen to Spanish Short Stories for Beginners again? Why?

    I really enjoyed these stories. I studied Spanish for a while at school but haven't used it in a few years so I wanted something to help me pick it back up again. The stories were clear and interesting, and I really appreciated the pdf that came with it so I could check anything I wasn't sure of. The reading speed was good, clear but not too slow so it sounded natural. There were quite a few new words for me as well, and a lot of different grammar structures for me to practice. I'd definitely recommend it to a friend.


    Have you listened to any of Lucia Bodas and Abel Franco ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but I'll be looking for some more.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jessanny
    2/18/17
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    "Excellent book to learn Spanish"



    I've been working as a support specialist in a multinational company and one of our biggest client is Spain . This book has helped me a lot in familiarizing with common Spanish words and how they are used in a conversation. This will definitely help me build my relationship with our Spanish clients. They'll be definitely surprised on how I was able to brush up my Spanish conversational skills!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rtys
    2/12/17
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    "Fantastic Resource!"
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    I have really enjoyed this book. I have been learning Spanish now for a few months and I have been struggling to find something I can listen to on the go to improve my skills. I also like to learn on my own rather than in a classroom, so this book is the perfect tool for me. I have learned some new phrases that I have already used with some of my Spanish speaking friends and they have been quite impressed. I would definitely recommend this book for those who want to learn Spanish on their own and in their own time.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • tajmim
    2/16/17
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    "excellent audiobook"

    I enjoyed the book.I love the narrration.the recording in this book has been well recorded.its very helpful for beginners.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • C Lester
    8/16/17
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    "Not for beginners or even intermediate "

    You've got to learn to walk before you can run and this audio book immediately breaks into a swift jog. I would say I'm a reasonable intermediate when it comes to to reading and writing Spanish, so much so that I can recognise the frequent errors in the accompanying pdf, which is in itself a bit unforgivable for learning materials. I just wanted something relatively slow, clear and plain in language, to practice listening and hopefully tune into hearing Spanish. I find this a bit too fast, not very clearly enunciated, and introduces too many colloquialisms and idioms to be able to follow it easily. There is a rule of learning that to keep it enjoyable it needs to be challenging enough to stop it being boring and not so difficult that you give up in frustration. This misses the mark on the latter for intermediate, and for beginners is like giving a newby to gym 80 kg to bench in their first session.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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