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Maria Jose Romero
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Wrong impression Feb 14, 2008

After reading the article, I just got the impression that it was written for non-spanish readers. The informal and light style further highlights the caricatural tone, denoting a certain kind of cynism, independently of the intention.

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Gary Smith  Identity Verified
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yes, the wrong impression Mar 1, 2008

Curiously, most of the responses I've received have all been from anglo-saxon people (and all positive), but any cynisism I think is clearly directed at bureauctic jargon which exists in all countries. I think I made my opinion of Spaniards' friendliness and gregariousness quite clear, as well as having lived in Spain for nearly 16 years. The fact is that though we all know, for example, that "cena" means "dinner", the cultural significance can be quite different. That said, I must say that none of my Spanish friends find Dilbert amusing, whereas all the anglo-saxons have fits of laughter. Another cultural difference...

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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From an expat perspective Jul 25, 2012

I particularly liked "Galimatías – Organigrama".
I don't see how anyone could take the hump at this. The piece is obviously aimed at people new to Spanish/Valencian culture, although many Spanish people will also get the drift, having themselves invented the whole "funcionario" sub-genre of jokes. See example below:
"- Perdone... cual era su anterior empleo?
-Funcionario
-Ah! bueno, pues será usted capaz de contar hasta diez!
-Si, hombre! Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, sota, caballo y rey."


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