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Teaching Culture: A Study of Piropos

Zena Moore
Hispania
Vol. 79, No. 1 (Mar., 1996), pp. 113-120
DOI: 10.2307/345624
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/345624
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Teaching Culture: A Study of Piropos
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Abstract

In spite of the fact that piropos are described in Spanish textbooks as "sexist compliments," they continue to be taught as an aspect of Hispanic culture. But these textbook references, which constitute the primary sources of linguistic and cultural input for most Spanish students, appear not to be reliable sources. The information about piropos presented in the textual readings is significantly different from information provided by native speakers, indicating possible cross-cultural differences in interpretations of piropos and underscoring the importance of validating sources of cultural information.

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