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Humor and Moroccan Culture [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Helmke
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This project started as a language learning experiment. Matthew Helmke was sitting in a cafe with a Moroccan having a discussion in Moroccan Arabic. The friend told a joke and it was quickly discovered that vocabulary alone would not insure an understanding of humor. This prompted a question, "What did I miss?"

In this book, Matthew Helmke explores the hidden aspects of Moroccan culture. These are the things that Moroccans know inherently, without being taught. The result is an intriguing look through the eyes of an American trying to make sense of Moroccan culture.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 417 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006KWL6TG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #514,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful book 14 Sept. 2015
By Lilla
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I showed the book to my Moroccan tutor, who said that the jokes typed in Moroccan are not quite how they should have been (but with typing and grammar mistakes), but otherwise the book was a good collection. I also showed it to my Moroccan partner and he said pretty much the same thing. Apart from the above, it's a good book and certainly helps me understand the culture more.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars 14 Oct. 2014
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A nice book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read with tons of information 30 May 2008
By Ryan Burbank - Published on
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I read this book in preparation of coming to Morocco. This book has helped me in more ways than I can count. Besides having useful information, it's also a fun book to read because the jokes are actually quite funny after you understand the culture (or at least that part of the culture.) If you're thinking about getting this book, or unsure if you should, just get it. I promise you won't be let down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book to pass some time 22 April 2007
By Jason Dragon - Published on
First off I know nothing about Morocco, I have never been there, but I read this book and it was hard to put it down. It had many little stories and some great jokes, but the key to this book is that you get to learn how people think and how the basics of humor works in any place in the world. If you are a comic I would suggest this book because you will learn the importance of situations and saying the correct things to your audience. I am also an American living in a third world country, and it helps with the culture shock.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reads more like a blog than a book 16 Sept. 2011
By Abdullah - Published on
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It is a good little read, and made me and my wife laugh (She is from Morocco). However, there is no really deeper understanding of Moroccan culture, just some nice jokes and the author exampling why they are funny. Truthful, I think this would be more fitting on his blog's website than in a book. Just my two cents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, interesting and amusing! 21 Feb. 2010
By CAW - Published on
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This is a wonderful book. It was insightful, and interesting look into Moroccan society & culture. Several of my Moroccan friends really enjoyed this book as well.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money 13 Dec. 2011
By Vica - Published on
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Very poor book. It reads like a college term paper, complete with an unnecessary works cited section to fill out its slim content. I think the whole book was like 100 pages, large type, double space. I read it in about an hour and thought, well that was a waste of my time. It had very little to do with the supposed subject - it was mostly the author's opinions and judgements of Morocco and Moroccans - no research, no really meat to it. There are maybe 7-8 jokes in the whole book and then he spends the next few pages to "explain" the cultural references behind the joke... but not really. Mostly it's just his opinion. The whole time I was reading it, I was thinking, did this book really get published? Very, very disappointing. Don't waste your time or your money on this one.
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