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El Conejo y el León (Listening and Reading Practice) Posted by on May 30, 2022

Welcome to a new listening and reading practice ūüôā Today’s short story was written by the Honduran writer Augusto Monterroso. The moraleja (moral) of this story is that you should never trust appearances. El Conejo y el Le√≥n Un celebre Psicoanalista se encontr√≥ cierto d√≠a en medio de la Selva, semiperdido. One day a famous…

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Instrucciones para llorar (Reading and Listening Practice + Vocabulary) Posted by on Mar 28, 2022

To help you keep practicing your Spanish reading and listening skills, this week I introduce Instrucciones para llorar (Instructions on How to Cry) written by the Argentine writer Julio Cort√°zar. Instrucciones para llorar¬† Dejando de lado los motivos, ateng√°monos a la manera correcta de llorar, entendiendo por esto un llanto que no ingrese en…

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Espiral (Reading and Listening Practice) Posted by on Feb 28, 2022

Espiral (Spiral) is a short story written by Argentine novelist, short-story writer and literary critic Enrique Anderson Imbert. This fascinating minicuento with a circular narrative style is subject to multiple interpretations, where the existence of a parallel universe, the manifestation of the character’s inner self or his own psychological state is left to the imagination…

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Rhetorical Figures in Spanish Literature (Part 2) Posted by on May 29, 2020

As I promised in my previous post, let’s continue revising some of the most used rhetorical figures in Spanish literature. Hyperbaton El hip√©rbaton Is the changing of position regarding the natural word order in a given language.   Del sal√≥n en el √°ngulo oscuro, de su due√Īa tal vez olvidada, silenciosa y cubierta de polvo…

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Rhetorical Figures in Spanish Literature (Part 1) Posted by on May 25, 2020

Rhetorical figures are intentional deviations from the conventional sequence of words in a literary work, whose purpose is to create a sensorial meaning or rhetorical effect. Some rhetorical figures can be associated with figurative language, as it usually encompasses a non-literal usage of words, meant to evoke a variety of emotions from readers. Rhetorical figures…

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Literature in Spanish: Why It is a Must for All Readers Posted by on Nov 18, 2019

It would be easy to suggest to any person with a knack for literature to read any novel coming from the Spanish-speaking world, considering just how many authors in that language have been awarded internationally‚ÄĒ11 out of the 116 current Nobel laureates in that category, for instance. However, there are many other reasons why literature…

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Most Important Spanish-Speaking Writers (Part II) Posted by on Oct 28, 2019

In my previous post I introduced you to the most influential authors of the Spanish-speaking world. In this blog I present you another three essential names whose works you must read if you want to delve deeper into the best of literature written in the Spanish language. Mario Benedetti Born in Uruguay and author of…

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