I have at least 300 different books, audio programs, textbooks, etc., that I have gathered over the past two years to learn Spanish. The items range in age from the early 1900’s to 2016. Over 100 years of language goodies. I have found that there are a lot of older materials available that do a great job of teaching Spanish just like new offerings do. They also cost a lot less.
As I was a little bored., I wanted to try something different so I started searching through my home library. I pulled out an old book, Calidoscopio, from Harcourt Brace, Inc. Published in 1985, it is not ancient, but it is not a book currently being produced. Here’s a description of the book:
Calidoscopio gathers pieces about current and historical events, popular fashions and traditions, humorous and serious topics, scientific data and folk wisdom. These pieces are presented in such a way as to be not only readily accessible to both the beginning and advanced students, but to be informative and entertaining as well.
As you can see from the picture, it covers many different topics, within the same page. At times, I need this type of variety in order to keep from getting that feeling that I am grinding instead of having fun with the language. The book is 115 pages and has 24 chapters, so it will not take long to complete. However, it packs a powerful punch as I am learning a lot about culture and life that regular books don’t offer (even if it is random).