5 Classic Audiobooks To Read In Beelinguapp In Your Target Language
The pandemic and its numerous lockdowns have meant that we’ve had to get creative when it comes to learning languages. While in-person classrooms were shut, many language learners found that listening to audiobooks helped them to improve – and luckily for Beelinguapp members, we’ve got a huge selection of fantastic audiobooks to choose from.
In this article, we will share with you five classic novels that are available to listen to via our app. You can read and listen to these stories with our side-by-side method.
When talking about classic literature, one of the first novels to come to mind might be Don Quixote. The story of the ingenious Hidalgo de la Mancha is Miguel de Cervantes’ most popular novel. Even though it's over 400 years old, it's still studied in schools around the world as it remains the most famous Spanish-language novel of all time. Don Quixote is one of the best-selling literature books in history as well as one of the most translated books of all time.
In Beelinguapp, you can take advantage of enjoyable and interesting literature while mastering a second language. With the ease of already knowing the story of Don Quixote and his companion Sancho Panza, it is surely an excellent way to start digging into our English audiobooks. In our app, you will discover several excerpts separated into two chapters and you will find new terms to improve your vocabulary such as “cobardes” (cowards) “velas (salis), “molinos de viento” (windmills), “escudero” (squire), “enemistad” (enmity), “sabio” (sage) and “maltrecho” (battered).
Romeo and Juliet
When it comes to love stories, nothing quite beats Romeo and Juliet. William Shakespeare's play has continuously influenced pop culture and the art world for over four centuries. Movies, soap operas, songs, and paintings have all been influenced directly and indirectly by this unforgettable tragedy.
This story of forbidden love is one of the many outstanding works available on Beelinguapp.
So if you feel like something a little different to Latin American soap operas, you can dive into this classic tale in our app’s audiobook format. The audiobook will help you to learn new words like “terrible” (dreadful), “de ahora en adelante” (henceforth), “sin valor” (worthless), “pelear” (quarrel), “daño” (mischief), “dolor” (sorrow).
The Secret Garden
The Secret Garden is without a doubt one of the greatest children’s literary classics of all time. This novel by Frances Hodgons Burnett has been adapted for the screen numerous times, and you now have the chance to fall in love with it all over again! And as with all of our audiobooks, you can read along using our side-by-side method.
If you have children, this story would work well as a bedtime story (as well as the selection we have in our BeKids section). But even for adults, The Secret Garden audiobook comes highly recommended if you're at a beginner level, as the vocabulary is strong but accessible. You’ll learn new terms such as “gobierno” (government), “tiránica” (tyrannical), “fastidiosa” (fretful), “obedecían” (obeyed) or “desagradable” (disagreeable).
The Night Before Christmas
Now that we’re getting closer to Christmas, rereading or discovering The Night Before Christmas for the first time can be a great way to continue learning Spanish. With Clement Clarke Moore’s novel, you will be able to immerse yourself in a type of reading through poetry. Also, if you read it with your young ones, you can all enjoy Mr. Moore’s witty stories.
Even though this audiobook is recommended for people who are at intermediate level, you can always explain it to your young ones (didactic learning) so they can learn about the story in a fun way and practice a second language at the same time.
The Great Gatsby
If your Spanish level is more advanced, this novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a great option. This Controversial novel has gone down in history as one of the most iconic books of the 20th century.
If you’re still unsure, we’re confident that the first few seconds of Chapter 1 will already have you hooked. As well as being a genuine page-turner, this book will strengthen your vocabulary with words like “euforias” (elations), “alborotadas” ( riotous), “temblor” (quivering) o “juicios” (judgement).
Discover new genres at every level with Beelinguap
These examples are only five of the many novels that are waiting for you to discover in our app. From fairytales, mystery stories, adventure, action, biographies, news articles and more, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Our three levels of difficulty allow you to choose the option that best suits your current level so you can continue to challenge yourself and have fun as you progress.