Stories from Mexico

stories from mexico

Ethan picked up Stories from Mexico for me because I want to practice my Spanish. It’s a bilingual book: English on the left side, Spanish on the right. The stories are native to Mexico (hence the book’s name), and written out simply enough that I could usually get the idea from the Spanish before double-checking with the English. (My Spanish is probably somewhere between beginning and intermediate.)

As a short story collection, this isn’t thrilling. The stories themselves are interesting, but they’re deliberately written simply enough for student reading. If you’re a Spanish student, it’s a great book. It gives you culture and practice at the same time. But if you already speak Spanish fluently, or if you’re just planning on reading the English versions and skipping the Spanish, you should go with something else. It’s not interesting enough to stand on its own, outside the classroom. ♦

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