Magazine article Multicultural Education

Lo Que Mi Abuela Me Dijo

Magazine article Multicultural Education

Lo Que Mi Abuela Me Dijo

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Lo que mi abuela me dijo/ What My Grandmother Told Me: Practical Wisdom from Spanish Proverbs and Sayings

by Maria Paz Eleizegui Weir, illustr. Mahala Urra

All ages. www.unmpress.com

As a student in India, I was always intrigued by the many proverbs I heard in Marathi and Hindi, the two languages I grew up with. They have been etched in my memory permanently. Proverbs are much like photographs; they convey a wealth of information in an easy to understand manner.

Naturally, when I saw this wonderful collection of Spanish proverbs and sayings, I fell in love with it. I am well-versed with Spanish, so I have read the book many times, both the dichos in Spanish and their English versions, and I have enjoyed browsing through the pages each time. I think proverbs are like windows that shine a bright light on the culture and life of a community.

These Spanish proverbs and their English translations are presented in six chapters: Childhood, Friendship, Manners, Work and Strife, Wisdom, and Love and Destiny. …

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