Famous Phrases by Latin American Authors and Their Best Books to Fall in Love with Spanish Literature

Latin American Authors to Read in Spanish

Spanish literature is very rich in language. The descriptions, rhyme, and key phrases are gripping to anyone who sits down to read a novel in Spanish.  In this post you will find 7 famous Latin American authors who have left their mark in literature.  Some of these authors are award winners of prizes like Miguel Cervantes ( a highly recognized award). You will also find some of their most famous quotes and their most well-known works. The works below are geared for young adults and adults. For books to read with your children in Spanish, please check the following posts: 

If you are wanting to dive into reading in Spanish, take a look at these titles. I recommend starting with Isabel Allende, a very popular author. All her works have also been translated into English, though, I do think you should read it in Spanish first.  Or the book Martín Rivas, a love story. You can read more about it at the end of the post. 

1.Juan Rulfo:

Juan Rulfo is a Mexican author, well-known for his book Pedro Páramo. This is a very famous book that even Gabriel García Marquez has said had memorized. Other authors have also considered Pedro Páramo to be a masterpiece. 

Pedro Páramo – Spanish Edition
Pedro Páramo – English Edition 

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2. Mario Benedetti:

Mario Benedetti is an Uruguayan author, he took more a political style of writing later on in his life. His book, Andamios, tells the story of a man who returned to Uruguay after being exiled from his country. Definitely a very, very good book. His writing takes you right to the scene he is describing.  Another great title by him is La Tregua.

Andamios – Spanish Edition (Kindle)
La Tregua – Spanish Edition

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3. Isabel Allende:

Isabel Allende is a very well-known Chilean author. Most of her works also depict the political / cultural climate lived during military dictatorship. Two of my favorite books by her are Hija de la Fortuna (Daughter of Fortune) and De Amor y de Sombra 

Hija de la Fortuna – Spanish Edition
Daughter of Fortune – English Edition 

De Amor y De Sombra – Spanish Edition
Of Love and Shadows – English Edition

 

4. Jorge Luis Borges:

Jorge Luis Borges is a very well-known Argentinian author. His book Laberintos is one of his best works. 

Jorge Luis Borges – All Works
Labyrinths – English Edition

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5. Ernesto Sabato

Ernesto Sabato, also from Argentina is well-known for his novel, El Túnel. Just about every high-schooler ends up reading this book during their senior year. This is the story of an artist who falls in love with a woman, when she appreciated his art in a way that nobody else had before.  This leads to a series of events which lead to tragedy. 

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6. Gabriel Garcia Marquez:

Gabriel García Márquez is a Colombian author. His most famous works include 100 Años de Soledad and Amor en Tiempo de Cólera

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7. Alberto Blest Gana: 

Alberto Blest Gana is a Chilean author. One of his best works is Martîn Rivas, where he writes about the gap between social classes and the love between Martín and Leonor. I can’t recommend this book enough. If there is one title from this list that you should read, this one is very VERY good!!! A real classic of Chilean Spanish Literature. Martín is a poor boy and Leonor comes from upper class when they fall in love. Of course, the culture is such that such differences don’t allow them to be together. You have to read this story to find out how they deal with the circumstances. 

Marín Rivas – Spanish Edition (Kindle)

 

Have you read any novels in Spanish? What have you read? Have you heard of any of these authors?

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Words of Affirmation and a Free Printable in Spanish for Valentines Day for Children

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Love.

Love others as yourself.

Love others because God first loved you.

Love is the greatest commandment of all.

Love begins at home. We want our children to know they are loved and what better way than telling them in writing so they can read notes from us in years to come?

Several years ago I read this Five Love Languages for Kids by Gary Chapman.  At the time, I learned there are different types of ways that speak love to our children. Sometimes it can be the same language for all of them, other times it can be a different language for each of the kids, and other times children change love languages in the same year. It all has to do with their personality and how they grow. 

I could not recommend this book more. I hope you enjoy it and get much out of it! 

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, I have come up with a printable that you can use with your children. One of the love languages presented by Gary Chapman is Words of Affirmation. This printable is for you to tell your child with words what makes him or her special. Words of Affirmation is a way for you to build up your child. 🙂 

Related Posts: Best Picture Books in Spanish about Love

Valentine’s Day FREE Printable in Spanish

 

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All you have to do is print it out and fill it out. I suggest placing one or two hearts each day from February 1st through February 14th, Valentine’s Day. Or you could even start today.  You can use the same one as many times as you would like. 

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Download FREE Printable Here

I made it in Spanish because that’s the language I speak to my children the most. If you would like it in English, let me know and I can add it to this post for you. 

If you would like me to email you the file, please leave your email below or send me an email at bilingualmami at gmail dot com and I will send it to you. 

Hope you enjoy it. Let me know in the comments!!!!

If you find it useful, please share this post with your friends so they can download it, too. 

Nos vemos, 

Fabi 

Related Posts: Best Picture Books in Spanish about Love

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How to Keep Children Speaking in Spanish in an English Speaking Country

Today I joined a group of Spanish speaking moms who discussed with sadness in their tone how difficult it is to get the children to speak Spanish even at home in an English speaking country.  During our time, it was agreed that children don’t want to speak Spanish, even when they know the language. 

Living in different parts of the country, I have experienced this, too. Many of my bilingual friends across the country have experienced this as well. 

There is nothing more gratifying than passing on our heritage language or our native language to our children. 

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The gift of language is the gift of a lifetime.

There is no return policy on it. 

So why does this happen?

First of all, we live in an area where everything is in English. Schools, friends get-togethers, story time, books…everything is English. 

It is our nature to produce (output) the language we hear (input) the most. There it is natural for our brain to produce what is more used to. 

Therefore, why should the child speak Spanish?

There needs to be a clear need to use the target language, Spanish in this case. 

That’s right. There needs to be a real need as to why speak in Spanish (or the minority language). 

6 Ways to Create a Need to Speak in Spanish (or the Target Language): 

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  1. Participate in a Spanish Story Time program at the library. 

    Check with your library if they have story time in your target language where there is a read-aloud, some songs, and a craft.

  2. Take advantage of technology and call family that only speak Spanish. 

    Use your Saturday afternoon to call family and use your webcam. This is a great time for sharing stories, recipes you have cooked this week, tell a joke or two! Show your pets, etc. Use this time to talk with family in Spanish. Maybe they have never met in person, but thanks to technology, they get to see each other through the webcam.

  3. If you have toddlers learning to talk, have a playgroup where moms and children participate together using Spanish.

    This is a great time to teach and learn to speak Spanish in an authentic way through play. Pretend to be doctors, cooks, and play in Spanish. So much language can be learned through play!!! 

  4. If you are homeschooling, do memory work in Spanish. 

    Every week we work on memorizing a new Bible verse and sometimes a poem, in addition to Spanish songs we learn every month. Instead of memorizing in English, which they probably will one way or another, use this time to learn them in Spanish. It will build their confidence! You can also write out the verse, talk about the meaning and vocabulary in Spanish. Much will be learned by memorizing a short verse.

  5. Find a local church in Spanish where children could attend Sunday School in the target language. 

    Participating in a Spanish speaking environment with other teachers and children could be very beneficial. It would show them that there are many others out there who also speak Spanish. They could see the same activities they do at home or in school can be done in Spanish.

  6. If you have older children, have them do peer tutoring.

    Think of foreign students just arriving to the US who need help learning English. They may need a lot of help studying math or science when their vocabulary is limited. Have your child help them in their native language to become more comfortable with school work.  There are many advantages of learning subjects in the native language even while learning a second language.

Cuéntanos,

What ideas do you have to create a need for children to speak in Spanish?

 

 

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Sneaky Educational Gift Guide for the Homeschool

Keep checking this page, which will be updated throughout the rest of the week and next week with current deals to help you achieve the goals of your homeschool. 

Black Friday Deals

Subscription Boxes: 

Little Passports has a deal offering their best deal all year, save up to $40! LOVE this subscription box that teaches culture, language (indirectly), and geography. Take monthly field trips around the world through Little Passports. Promo Codes available: BF10, BF20, BF40.

Bramble Box available in Canada, also! Mom hand-curated activity boxes for kids age 3-7. Perfect for keeping the younger children occupied while learning and teaching a Math lesson with an older child! They have a 10% OFF for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Mona MELisa Designs is 20% OFF right now. Their products promote Hands-On learning. Great for any curriculum, honestly. Several match up with Classical Conversations; could also be used with Charlotte Mason. 

The Maestro Classics 12 CD Music Collection comes with music cds and 24 page activity book. I mean, talk about a way to teach classical music. This beautiful set, a total investment for your homeschool. Classical music relaxes and teaches melody, composition, and the beauty of the arts. Check the link to see what it includes. 

Scholasticlots of fun things to do and educational.  FREE SHIPPING!

 

 

 

Cyber-Monday Sale

Kids Cook Real Food:

Bonus Buy: Any new member will get the premium content snack videos ($20 value) absolutely FREE.

There will be 4 videos showing your children how to use the food processor, how to separate eggs, and how to find healthy snacks.  There will be engaging demo videos that will teach your children to make homemade crunchy granola, energy bites, and pumpkin pie bars. Check it out here. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Best Gifts for the Young Child Learning Spanish

You want your toddler, preschooler, early elementary child to learn Spanish in a fun way, hands-on, without it really seeming like a language class.

Red se dice rojo. Repeat.

Two se dice dos. Repeat.

Here you will find a running list of ideas for games and ways to teach content in Spanish to young children. These are the very same things they will need to learn in their first language (i.e. English). Using these items, they will be expanding their Spanish vocabulary in an effortless manner.

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The kids will find entertainment putting this large cardboard Spanish floor puzzle together. Melissa & Doug Spanish Alphabet Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle. It promotes early literacy, letter recognition, letter-object recognition, and Spanish language skills.  Another great puzzle option is this wooden one, Melissa & Doug See-Inside Spanish Alphabet Wooden Peg Puzzle.

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Practice color-name recognition with this egg-puzzle that teaches names of colors in Spanish, matching, and sorting. BeginAgain Color ‘N Eggs Matching Puzzle – Educational Puzzle – Learn with the Color Puzzle that has English AND Spanish! – Fun Puzzle Game + Perfect Preschool Puzzle 

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You could also put word-object puzzles together like this one that uses a picture, the word for the object in English at the top, the Spanish on the bottom. This puzzle could be used for a long time, a great asset for the homeschool as well. You could work on spelling, making sentences (or silly ones!), story starters, etc.  It can be done independently as well, since it is self-checking. Ingenio Spellable Bilingual Spelling Game helps children build vocabulary in English and Spanish. 

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Children love to learn new songs, dance to music. Why not get them a new Music CD with fun Spanish songs? They will build on vocabulary and learn to say new sentences without even meaning to! Coloreando: Traditional Songs for Children in Spanish is available as a CD. You can hear a preview of each of the songs and purchase one at a time if desired. Another option for Spanish music is José Luis Orosco  de Colores. It has traditional songs, his voice sounds really nice, nice music. I even sing along!

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Our Life Giving Table Fall Edition Inspired by Sally Clarkson’s New Book The Life Giving Table

Our Life Giving TableFall Edition

As a homeschooling family, much time is spent gathered around our dinner table. It is the place where we eat, yes, but it is so much more than that.

Our dinner table is the place where we do school, make crafts – even messy ones, the place where my kids get to help cook different meals, the place where we read and paint.

Our dinner table is the place where many of our family memories are being made.

The fondest memories are made when gathered around the table

Our table is scratched, stained with different colors of oil paint and it is okay with us. We realize this is just a season in our lives. Someday, we may have a new table with zero scratches and perfectly looking wood. However, the fact that my table is the way it is signifies that it is loved by a group of people.  I would not have it any other way. 

As we spend even more time around the table, I am going to delve into Sally Clarkson’s new book, The Life Giving Table. She is such a candid, well-spoken, sincere woman. I look forward to her new book and learning more ways about to make my table more Giving than it already is. 

Sally Clarkson’s book, The Life Giving Table, is an inspiration to make the most of the time we spend gathered around this wooden table. Her book is inspiring us to grow, to connect, and to invest our time during meals into more than eating food, but to be together as a family where many of our memories are being made.

Her book also comes with a companion book to help digest the content of her book into applicable lessons.

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In some ways, my dining table makes me think of the book The Giving TreeOur table gives, gives, and gives. This is the place where gather to make memories, to pray, to read our Bibles, where we have conversations, where we work hard to edify one another. Our table is the place where we put our phones away to just be with one another. 

As we enjoy meals, read books, take pictures, spend time together, our table is the place where our fondest memories are being made to last a lifetime.  Research also shows that families that eat together are healthier and closer. Children who have a healthy experience around the table are also healthier adults later on in life. 

The table is a place to cherish one another, build each other up, engage in conversation, hear jokes, hear about each other’s day, ask questions, answer questions. 

The table is the place to be together. 

The table is the place to be united.

The table is the place to grow in love. 

The table is the place to grow closer together as a family and closer to God. The maker of all things. 

 

What is your Life Giving Table like? Will you be reading Sally Clarkson’s new book? Let me know in the comments. 

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Homemade Pumpkin Yogurt – Two Recipe Alternatives

 

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Recipe

I fell in love with everything Pumpkin flavored some years ago when I first tried Pumpkin Pie. It was so new to me. I never had anything pumpkin flavored in Chile. It was not a popular flavor. In the United States, however, as soon as September hits, everything and I mean EVERYTHING is pumpkin flavor.  There are cereals, desserts, foods, coffee, candy…everything that you can think is more than likely available in pumpkin. 

My table also looks very Fall-sy, Fall-ish, Otoñal, Autumn-ish. The decoration in our home is also representative of Fall: pumpkins, sunflowers, yellows, oranges, and brown.  More about my Fall table on this post: My Life Giving Table – Fall Edition.

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Usually for snack time, when time permits, I like to make a special snack for the afternoon to go along with our read aloud time.  This time I made Pumpkin Yogurt with banana slices, because we always so many that need to be used up, and crumbled Graham Crackers. 

 

The process to make this Pumpkin Yogurt was very simple. Too easy, if I may say so.  We had some vanilla yogurt and added pumpkin puree, a bit of cinnamon, and blended the ingredients in our Ninja blender. In the meantime, my children got some Graham Crackers in a ziploc bag to crumble the crackers. Another one cut up some banana slices to garnish the Pumpkin Yogurt. 

You may also like this recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe 

As you can see, the process was very simple and it was delicious. As I was trying to write down the recipe that day, my children asked for more, so it took quite a while until I was able to sit down again to write down the recipe.  Can we still call it a recipe? You tell me.  Go ahead and make it. Let me know how you like it! 

 

Ingredients to make Pumpkin Yogurt using Flavored Yogurt 

 

  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • Banana slices
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Cinnamon
  • Graham Crackers

 

Steps to make Pumpkin Yogurt

 

Blend yogurt, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon until desired consistency. Serve, Top it with banana slices and crumbled Graham Crackers.  

Enjoy!!!!

 

Ingredients to make Pumpkin Yogurt using Plain Yogurt 

 

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Recipe

 

Blend yogurt, pumpkin puree, and frozen bananas until desired consistency. This way you will have a natural sweetener (the bananas), your yogurt will be mostly natural flavors this way. Very healthy. 

 

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