I’ve already discussed the issues I encountered when first starting to read in Spanish.
Well, I wish I’d had my Kindle three years ago, because it is the perfect tool for dealing with the ‘to-look-up-or-not-to-look-up-unknown-vocabulary’ question.
Then, when you come across a word you don’t understand, you don’t even need to go to the dictionary and look it up, you simply move your cursor to the word in question and the definition pops up in a bubble at the top or the bottom of the page. Observe the example above from Don Quixote…
Instant definitions without interrupting the flow of your reading. Amazing!
The highlighting and notes functions are also pretty neat. You can highlight and make notes on interesting words and phrases you come across so that you can quickly find and access them at a later date. You can even see the passages that have been highlighted by other people who have read the same book, creating a kind of virtual reading community.
I am a total convert.