This month's book of the month feature is Palabra Amiga written by Alma Flor Ada and Isabel Capoy. Palabra Amiga, written entirely in Spanish, is a tool for mastering the orthography of the Spanish language. The book offers: the opportunity to learn to differentiate the proper use of words that are similar in spelling and pronunciation, and among words that have multiple meanings; information about the development of the Spanish language; the origin of Spanish last names; a collection of valuable sayings from recognized Spanish authors.
Spanish is a language used in twenty-one countries in the world; while there are variations in local expressions, regional sayings, and phonemical pronunciations, the language is understood in basic conversation, academia, and in writing by all 400 million native speakers.
Spanish is a syllabic language and the pronunciation of is represented quite accurately in the written form. There are a few instances, however, in which certain consonants represent more than one sound, which when learning Spanish, must be mastered. Another important aspect is the appropriate use of accents.
The goal of Palabra Amiga is to help readers understand these linguistical aspects of Spanish in a deeper sense, preparing them for the application of the lexical differences.
The title itself emphasizes the significance of the language to express and refine one's thinking. The language, palabra, can be our valuable friend, amiga, when we master it, and can utilize it to express our dreams and purposes. To do so correctly, contributes to its power.
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