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Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Spanish online reading and listening practice - level B2

On Friday 19th June 2020, the Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón, best known for the novel La Sombra del Viento, passed away. We pay homage with this bilingual reader. This reading and listening exercise can help you practise El Pretérito Indefinido, El Futuro Simple and relative pronouns.

Exercise: Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Listen to the audio, then read the transcript. Click any phrase for the translation and links to related grammar lessons which you can add to your Kwiziq notebook to practise later.

Text and audio by Inma Sánchez.

Q&A relating to this exercise 2 questions, 6 answers

ClaraC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

¡Gracias Inma y Shui y todo el equipo por este homenaje especial a un autor maravilloso!

Asked 5 months ago
MiriamA2Kwiziq community member

Soy prinicipante en la literatura latina.  Creo que es interasante aprender sobre estos escritores, pero imagino que, para mi, ellos estan demasiado difícil leer.

ClaraC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hola Míriam,

I think you would do just fine reading some of Carlos' novels. Your level of Spanish in your message here suggests that you'd be more than capable of reading said literature!

It really is a great way to learn Spanish. I tend to buy copies of the same book in both Spanish and, in my case, English. Then I read the Spanish version, the English version and then the Spanish again. This really reinforces my 2nd language aquisition. When you are familiar with a text/book etc in your 1st language, you find that when you then read same text in Spanish you can guess a lot of unfamiliar words, grammar or sentence structure. 

So, grab one of Carlos Ruiz Zafón's novels! His stories are so good. 

Saludos

Clara

MB2Kwiziq community member

Tiene muchos libros para niños también, creo que puedes empezar con esos. Yo leí "El Príncipe de la Niebla" y pude entender la historia y aprender palabras nuevas.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

¡Gracias Inma y Shui y todo el equipo por este homenaje especial a un autor maravilloso!

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RobertC1Kwiziq community member

Listening exercise question...

Hi, I'm wondering if Inma is speaking in her normal voice/pace in this audio, or if she is enunciating carefully for us learners and the B2 level? I'm asking because I've noticed that I understand her pretty well, but when I watch videos of native speakers on Youtube, often I don't understand anything. Thanks!

Asked 5 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Robert,

This is not my usual tone or speed, no. In a normal conversation I would blend letters more and it would be quicker. Because of the type of reader that we are doing here, an informative text about Carlos Ruiz Zafón, everything is pronounced more carefully. You will definitely find more challenging most Youtube videos by native speakers. We use them from time to time for the extra challenge. 

Saludos

Inma

MiriamA2Kwiziq community member
La velocidad y la pronuciación son perfectas para mi. Es un desafilo y empeizo por escuchando y sin las palabras escritas. Leo el ensayo para aprender palabras nuevas. Este es solo mi método y no recomiéndolo a todos. Para mí lo importante es reconocer la lengua dicha.
PaulB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Ha ha Robert, you wish!! Peninsula Spanish is the second most rapidly spoken language on the planet, shortly after one of the Chinese languages, I think it may be Manderin. I feel sorry for Spanish people speaking to me, I think that they slow down by at least a third, and it's still to quick for my brain.  Practice more I suppose!

Listening exercise question...

Hi, I'm wondering if Inma is speaking in her normal voice/pace in this audio, or if she is enunciating carefully for us learners and the B2 level? I'm asking because I've noticed that I understand her pretty well, but when I watch videos of native speakers on Youtube, often I don't understand anything. Thanks!

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