John Chappell quotes a letter from Maria Pilar Pellegero of Ripoll in La Vanguardia as an example of the Catalan ethnocracy’s use of language exams as a means of excluding allochthones–including those from other parts of Spain–from public sector jobs. This fuckoff-ism is sometimes taken to bizarre extremes. An American acquaintance took the advanced level D exam a couple of years ago. For her oral she was asked to read two texts to the panel, the first praising to the skies the Catalan bourgeoisie and the second describing what a shitty country the US was. She’s approximately a million miles from being what one would describe as a patriot, but I believe she found it most unpleasant and duly fucked off.
- How to use public service exams to screw your enemies
I struggle to believe that Graeme@South of Watford really believes that the PP is the only rampantly corrupt political party in
- Asturian to become an official language?
From George Ticknor‘s superb History of Spanish literature … a Gothic remnant fled from the Moors into the Alpine Asturias, carrying
- Teachers/examiners with less skills than pupils/examinees
Story in Trouw about a German teacher who can’t speak German. This wouldn’t be so freaky in jobs-for-the-boys Spain, where the
- Singular and parochial
Whether you like it or not, the best Catalan writers write in Spanish and, with few exceptions, have done so for
- Quién soy, quién somos
Catalañol for qui sóc, qui som.