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A First Spanish Reader   By: (1880-)

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[Illustration: El Alcázar de Segovia]

A FIRST SPANISH READER

WITH QUESTIONS AND VOCABULARY

BY ERWIN W. ROESSLER, PH.D. =CHAIRMAN OF THE MODERN LANGUAGE DEPARTMENT HIGH SCHOOL OF COMMERCE, NEW YORK, N.Y.=

AND ALFRED REMY, A.M. HIGH SCHOOL OF COMMERCE, NEW YORK, N.Y.

Pen Drawings by CLARENCE ROWS AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY NEW YORK CINCINNATI CHICAGO

This Reader is the outgrowth of a desire for a textbook that combines simplicity with variety. To make it available for use almost at the very beginning of the Spanish course only the present tense has been employed in the first twenty three selections and difficult constructions have been consistently avoided.

With one or two exceptions, many changes have been made in the selections taken from Spanish authors in order to adapt them to the needs of the beginner. The greater part of the reading material, however, is either original or adapted from other languages. The questions are intended to aid the pupil in the preparation of his lessons. Teachers may alter or amplify these questions as they see fit.

Suggestions as to the method of treating the text may seem impertinent to some. The authors however merely wish to suggest a method which they have successfully employed:

I. Regular preparation of the advance lesson should be made as follows:

a . Reading of the text by the teacher, a sentence at a time. Each sentence to be translated by a pupil after the new words have been explained by the teacher, in Spanish if possible.

b . A second reading by the teacher, followed by chorus reading of the class.

II. At home the pupil should read the text aloud several times and copy the text once or twice, then study it carefully.

III. In the recitation, translation should be reduced to a minimum, thus allowing a maximum of time for conversation based upon the text. There should also be considerable blackboard work consisting of the questions and answers that were given orally. Repetition of answers by the entire class as well as chorus reading are also profitable. After the reading selection has been thoroughly mastered, oral and written résumés should be given by the pupils.

The authors wish to thank the firm of A. P. Schmidt of Boston for permission to reprint the songs Bolero and Me gustan Todas . They are especially indebted to Dr. Manuel Barranco for many valuable suggestions and for assistance in proof reading.

ERWIN W. ROESSLEE ALFRED REMY

CONTENTS

1. La Escuela 2. El Discípulo 3. La Sala de Clase. (I) 4. La Sala de Clase. (II) 5. El Discípulo en la Escuela 6. Una Lección de Español 7. Una Lección de Geografía 8. La Familia 9. Las Monedas de los Estados Unidos 10. Las Monedas de España 11. El Año y los Meses 12. Los Días de la Semana 13. La Casa 14. Proverbios. (I) 15. El Invierno 16. La Primavera 17. El Verano 18. El Otoño 19. El Cuerpo Humano 26. Méjico 21. Frases de Cortesía 22. Los Recreos 23. Una Visita 24. El Teatro 25. Los Órganos del Cuerpo Humano 26. El Brasil 27. Los Pobres Sastres 28. Tres Palabras 29. Anuncio del Estreno de una Ópera 30. Un Portero Exacto 31. Una Pierna 32. ¿Qué dice David? 33. El Canal de Suez 34. Dura Suerte 35. El Muchacho Inteligente 36. El Criado Erudito 37. Concepto Falso 38. Chile 39. Los Cuatro Hermanos 40. Adivinanzas. (I) 41. Argentina 42. El Barbero de la Coruña 43. El Perro del Ventrílocuo 44. El Canal de Panamá 45. Proverbios. (II) 46. El Competidor 47. El Estudiante de Salamanca 48. Adivinanzas. (II) 49. Cuba 50. El Tonto 51. El Peral 52. El Estudiante Juicioso 53. Proverbios. (III) 54. El Espejo de Matsuyama 55. Los Zapatos de Tamburí 56. La Portería del Cielo

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