I would like to dedicate this post to us: the Hispanic grown-ups who live far from our native countries.
For those who know me well, you know I love reading books. There are times in which I can read a whole thick book in less than a week. But, sometimes I am a bit busy or I am less literary encouraged, and it is a bit difficult for me to finish the book I am reading.
I have been reading in English for several years. Not only it helped me enlarge my vocabulary, but also helped me to better understand basic grammatical structures. At the beginning it was very hard for me to get involved with the story. Not understanding all the words frustrated me, and having to stop to look for every single word in a dictionary distracted me. With time I learnt how to follow the stories without the need to understand everything I was reading. It wasn’t the ideal situation, but I admit I got used to it and I continued with my readings. And, when I found a book with too much technical vocabulary, I simply abandoned it.
The invention of new technologies like Ipad, Nook or Kindle made it easier for us to read in a foreign language. Today is as easy as clicking in the word you don’t understand to access to the dictionary. I know it is practical and useful; however, I still like paper books, I love their smell, and bending the pages’ corner to mark my progress on my reading. Sometimes, I like making notes, underlying words, or simply putting post-its to remind me of something I liked. What can I say? I’m an old fashion reader.
So after a lot of time, I read a book originally written in Spanish. What a pleasure to understand ALL the words in every page of a book! How fast the author’s phrases entered my mind. How wonderful to imagine characters and places with all details provided by the authors. Understanding each phrase like I’ve written it myself. I feel like I finally found that old doll that I’ve lost a long time ago. And now I want more.
It is good not only for our children, but for ourselves too, to be in contact with Hispanic literature. We have so many good authors. Who didn’t go crazy with 100 Years of Solitude from GabrielGarcia Marquez? O who hadn’t cried with Paula from Isabel Allende or felt in love with Pablo Neruda’s poems? Who doesn’t feel proud of Jorge Luis Borges, Mario Vargas Llosa or Ernesto Sabato? Besides, it is a way to help not to lose the Spanish. After so many years living outside of Argentina,I lost some of my Spanish, and sometimes it is difficult for me to express myself or find the proper words even in my own language.