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How to read Spanish fast

Summary

You need only a pen or text editor. Write short words many times. You will read and write without subvocalization.

Spanish is similar to English. They have many similar words of Latin origin. Try to read without translation.

Read Spanish Wikipedia. Learn Spanish in Spanish. Read and watch news.

Writing training will improve your reading skills. Write many sentences. Write in various genres.

Contents
  • Typing and Speed Reading
  • Keyboard
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing Training
  • Pronunciation
  • Etymology
  • Grammar
  • Translation Tools
  • News
  • Other Languages
  • Typing and Speed Reading

    You can learn typing and speed reading with only a text editor. Or you can use a pen and paper.

    Write short words repeatedly

    spanish 2letters
    spanish 3letters
    spanish 4letters

    Type short words like these images. Repeat from 2 letters to 4 letters. You don't have to type long words.

    This is a training about subvocalization. You will get tired of typing. And you will type without internal speech.

    Write sentences with line breaks

    reading multiple lines

    Type short sentence like this image. This is a training about reading multiple lines. You will read lines at once. Type more sentences with line breaks.

    Keyboard

    Spanish has the letters of á, é, í, ó, ú, ü, ñ. You have to add a languages or input method for diacritical marks.

    I use the US International layout. It has the letters of Spanish, English, French, German, etc.

    Reading Comprehension

    You have to improve your reading comprehension. Read many books and websites. Write many sentences.

    Spanish is similar to English. They have many similar words. Try to read without translation. Guess the meaning of the sentence from the context.

    Subject pronouns are often omitted. And adjectives are placed after nouns.

    Read Spanish Wikipedia. Increase your vocabulary. Learn Spanish in Spanish.

    Spanish pronunciation is simple. Read and watch news.

    Writing training improves your reading comprehension. Write many sentences. Write in various genres.

    Learn and compare other languages. Spanish is very similar to Portuguese. You will read Portuguese easily.

    Writing Training

    Writing training improves your reading skills. Write many sentences.

    svo

    Imagine the structure of sentence, clause, and phrase. Compare them with English.

    Spanish has a SVO word order. But it is more flexible. Subject pronouns are often omitted.

    Adjectives are placed after nouns.

    speaker listener

    Imagine some situations and relationships.

    Think about their relationships, positions, purposes, motives, etc.

    Learn personal pronouns and tense. Verbs are conjugated to person.

    Spanish has the T-V distinction. There are some regional variation.

    narrator

    Write narrations and novels. Learn various genre of writing.

    paragraph

    Use various images. And write various sentences.

    Pronunciation

    Learn the relationship between the spelling and the pronunciation. The rules are more simple than English.

    Spanish pronunciation

    Learn vowels and consonants with IPA symbols. Maybe the "Trill r" is little difficult.

    syllable

    Imagine the structure of syllable.

    Use online dictionaries or Google Translate. Enter short words. Listen and repeat the sound.

    Etymology

    Learn Spanish words with etymology. Use Wiktionary. Learn origin words, root words, and affixes.

    Spanish and English have many words of Latin origin. Learn cognate words and loanwords.

    Grammar

    Spanish is an SVO language. But the order is more flexible. And subject pronouns are often omitted.

    Learn verbs with the syntax.

    Spanish nouns have grammatical gender. Learn nouns with articles.

    Translation Tools

    You can use translation tools for learning languages. Write English sentences and read the translated sentences.

    Translation tools are not perfect. But they are very useful and fit for speed reading.

    You can use Google Translate as a dictionary. Read definitions of words.

    Use Traductor de Google instead of Google Translate. You will learn language name and word class in Spanish.

    Read Spanish news articles with translation tools.

    News

    Read and Watch Spanish news. I recommend Yahoo news and Google news. France24 and DW have Spanish contents.

    There are many Spanish channel on youtube. You can watch videos of CNN, Mexico, Argentina, etc.

    Other Languages

    Spanish is very similar to Portuguese. You will be able to read both languages.

    Spanish is also similar to French and Italian. Romance languages have similar grammar and vocabulary.

    They have many words of Latin origin. Learn origin words, cognate words, and loanwords.

    Etymology is useful for learning multiple languages. Learn words of Latin, Greek, and Arabic. And learn the relationship between languages.