Spanish Vocabulary: Terms About Reading & Book Genres

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Instructor: Pablo Serna

Pablo has taught college Spanish at the University of Missouri and Central Methodist University, and has a master's degree in Spanish literature.

This lesson is designed to introduce you to vocabulary related to reading and book genres. You will read, listen to and memorize words like revista (magazine), libro (book) and ficción (fiction).

Literary Genres & Terms

When was the last time you read in your leisure time? What kind of reading material was it? I read (leer) various newspapers (periódicos) every day. Of course I have to read the local, regional and world news from both my current location and my home town and country. Maybe news isn't for you. Do you like magazines (revistas) or books (libros) more?

Aventuras, ciencia ficción, espionaje, ficción, juvenil and terror are common book genres that sound similar to the English translation. Can you guess what each genre is? Adventure, science fiction, espionage, fiction, youth/juvenile and terror are the correct answers.

I used to write poetry (poesía). Some may have even called me a writer (escritor). I knew how to rhyme (rimar), but don't just take my word for it. Let me share a verse (verso) of a poem I wrote for my country, Colombia:

'Dame tus ganas de trabajar por un nuevo sueño
donde cabremos con igualdad sin indiferencia
donde los niños amen la tierra y velen los campos
donde los ríos limpien la sangre de la violencia

You may recognize some of the words in the poem from previous chapters. It is about national pride and improvement. Now let's practice the new vocabulary you just learned by reading and listening to a conversation between classmates.

Reading Discussion

Aitor and Jaime are discussing readings from their Spanish literature class and also what they enjoy reading in their free time.

Aitor: Leíste el ensayo (essay) anoche? Me gusta la introducción (introduction) pero el resto es aburrido. Es sobre una escritora y una carta (letter). No entendí mucho.

Jaime: No, no leí el ensayo. Yo leí los mitos (myths) y los cuentos de hadas (fairy tales) de la semana pasada.

A: Cuando vamos a leer un libro que me guste en esta clase?

J: Espero que pronto. A mí me gustan los libros de aventuras y espionaje.

A: Entonces te gusta la ficción. A mí no me gusta la ficción mucho. Si voy a leer, leo periódicos o revistas.

J: No me digas. No te gusta leer libros?

A: No, no mucho.

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