By Matthew Helmke

This undertaking begun as a language studying scan. Matthew Helmke was once sitting in a restaurant with a Moroccan having a dialogue in Moroccan Arabic. The good friend informed a comic story and it was once speedy found that vocabulary by myself wouldn't insure an realizing of humor. This triggered a question, "What did I miss?" during this publication, Matthew Helmke explores the hidden points of Moroccan tradition. those are the issues that Moroccans comprehend inherently, with no being taught. the result's an interesting glance through the eyes of an American attempting to make experience of Moroccan tradition.

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I may never actually talk about the situation with the person causing me the problem, but we will both know what the other is thinking this way. The third party will usually speak very directly and clearly on behalf of each of us and work hard to smooth things over. Unity within a community is important in a place where people used to (and sometimes still) live their whole lives in the neighborhood where they were born. ” In a situation like this, good relationships are more important than who is right.

The joke is that the father is trying to teach his son the right lesson, but without fully understanding what the teacher has been saying. “If the teacher tells you to go to number five you go to number six,” makes no sense when discussing looking for a person whose location is already known, and yet its meaning is clear enough. It's not adequate to simply fulfill your requirements, you should go above and beyond them. Why didn't the father understand? That really is the crux of the joke. Over the past 50 years or so, since Morocco regained its independence, there have been amazing and drastic changes in this society.

Of course he did. However, telling him in this way allowed him to hear the message without any direct assault on his honor. He wasn't happy with me, but there was no cultural basis for him to rise up and defend his honor because his honor was not attacked. 61 As I drove away the policeman said one last thing to me. We had discussed this book as I was in the early stages of writing it. ”1 I'm completely certain he understood the point of my story. One of the more difficult aspects, for an American adapting to this culture, is learning how to effectively communicate disagreement, disappointment and frustration without causing people unnecessary shame.

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