Maybe it’s because I’m anxious not to let my high school Spanish slip away entirely, but I absolutely love coming across picture books that include Spanish phrases. Not only are they fun to read out loud to my kids (and fun for them to try and learn new words), but they send an important message of inclusion and honoring diversity.
Here are 10 picture books con español that I would recommend. These are primarily in English, with Spanish phrases woven throughout.
#1: Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
#2: El Chupacabras by Adam Rubin and Crash McCreery
#3: My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero & Zeke Peña
#4: Vamos! Let’s Go to the Market! by Raúl the Third
#5: La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya & Juana Martinez-Neal
#6: Tia Isa Wants a Car by Meg Medina & Claudio Muñoz
#7: Dreamers by Yuyi Morales
#8: Alma & How She Got Her Name byJuana Martinez-Neal (most of the Spanish phrases are part of the illustrations here)
#9: The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! by Carmen Agra Deedy & Eugene Yelchin
#10: How Are You? = ¿Cómo Estás?
¡que se divierta leyéndolo! Have a great time reading!
So embedded are our own culture’s idiosyncrasies that we generally take them for granted. This is particularly true when it comes to our idioms. That’s why, when I came across this list of 40 idioms that don’t translate on TED-Ed, I just knew it would make an intriguing provocation.
Other resources for students inquiring into language might include this animated map of “how Indo-European languages may have evolved:”
Or this video, also from TED-Ed on how our languages evolve (might be a little complex for younger students, but you never know…):
Why do humans use figurative language?
How do you think idioms from certain countries are related to the way of life in that country?
How does language diversity affect our world?
How are human beings connected through language even when we speak different words?
How does becoming more fluent (readers and writers) in our own language help us? How does studying other languages help us?
It seems pretty straight forward that most people would like to appear intelligent. A great way to not appear intelligent is to mispronounce words, phrases and cliches. You might be extremely smart–even a book worm, but could you be doing it wrong? Keep reading to see our collection of words & phrases you might be saying incorrectly: