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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.

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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).

You can read Bakari’s books MUSCLE: EL InicioSpanish Conversations, Real Spanish  and Spanish Small Talk on Amazon.

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