Some days I’m really motivated to study Spanish. Other days, not so much. It all depends on the amount of coffee and carbs I’ve had that day. (Hint: more coffee equals better studying, while more carbs equals better napping.)
For my birthday, my friends gave me a book, which is great for language nerds like me who spend their free time reading linguists’ blogs and articles about language change. Yep, that’s me. So obviously I was quite enthused by the gift and the thought that went behind it.
Presenting Kaley’s Favorite Books for Learning Spanish
Las 500 dudas más frecuentes del español is the book I got for my birthday a few weeks ago. Just like we do in English, Spanish-speaking people make mistakes when writing and speaking Spanish. This book is designed to help clear up any debates about the correct usage of the language. I recognize that spoken and colloquial language may not follow these guidelines, but written language needs to adhere to them in order to be fit to print.
Quick, a quiz!
¿Está bien dicho Cuidado, que caes el vino? (For the answer, check out page 232.)
¿Está bien dicho Me miraba de arriba a abajo? (Answer on page 300.)
¿Por qué algunas palabras como azúcar o mar admiten tanto el masculino como el femenino? (Answer on page 194.)
El buen uso del español is a book someone has on his Christmas list, and I admit to hoping he finishes before I return from visiting family over Christmas. For the nerdiest of nerds, this book explains how to use Spanish well, meaning you’ll need to have a pretty good grasp on the language before you dive in.
Hablar por los codos. Frases para un español cotidiano. Idioms are so fun, aren’t they? And Spanish has some pretty good ones. This book contains 175 frases hechas. I’ve talked about some of my favorites before on an old post, so go check it out if you, too, love idioms!
El Cronómetro. Studying for the DELE (Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language) is no easy task, especially if you’re trying to do the C1 or C2 level. I’ve been studying on and off for a while now, and I still haven’t done it, but if you’re thinking about doing a master’s in Spain or teaching Spanish, it might be worth your while to pick up this book.