A while ago, I wrote an article related to Spanish language popularity. It’s not a language difficult to learn and pronunciation is piece of cake (except for “R” because some cultures have trouble with its pronunciation).
One of the best ways to improve our pronunciation is through reading habits. In addition to the big amount of new words and vocabulary that you will learn, reading out loud will help you to improve Spanish pronunciation, articulation and spelling.
The Latin American culture has a great list of writers. The majority of them were part of the social movement better known as the Latin American Boom and the number of books written by them is quite big and enough for you to practice and learn native Spanish from different countries.
From novels to politics documents, these writers are extremely important for basic education in Latin America and thanks to them and some reading habits, millions of young people are able to differentiate how Spanish is modified and used all along the continent.
Among the greatest Latin American writers you’ll find:
1. Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia)
2. Isabel Allende (Chile)
3. Octavio Paz (Mexico)
4. Pablo Neruda (Chile)
5. Carlos Fuentes (Mexico)
6. José Luis Borges (Argentina)
7. Jaime Sabines (Mexico)
8. Mario Vargas Llosa (Peru)
9. Mario Benedetti (Uruguay)
10. José Martí (Cuba)
In spite of the fact that they are not included in this list, there are 2 Mexican writers that can make you laugh and cry from one minute to another. Claudia Celis and Ángeles Matretta wrote “Donde habitan los ángeles” and “Arráncame la vida” respectively. Their books describe love in different situations and they are written in simple Spanish with a touch of Mexican slang.
So…if you want to learn any language, it is always good to immerse yourself in the culture that has adopted that specific language. Books are important for any culture and they are a huge source of knowledge. Regarding Spanish books, they will enable you to know more about different cities and different words used for example in Colombia or Mexico.
Remember that bab.la will help you to translate all the words you don’t understand. I strongly recommend writing down all the new vocabulary and without even noticing you’ll start to understand the language you are learning.
If you want to know a bit more about reading benefits for language learning check out this article, it’s really interesting!