Contributed by: Don WinnerBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - This political cartoon appeared in today's copy of the La Estrella newspaper. During his campaign leading up to the national general elections held in May 2009, Panamanian president Ricardo Martinelli put a lot of emphasis on "change." In Spanish "Cambio" means "change" and the name of Martinelli's political party is Cambio Democratico or "Democratic Change." In the two panels in the cartoon below, at first there is the political slogan on a billboard that says "El Cambio" (The Change). Then the worker climbs up and adds two accent marks, which changes the meaning to "He Changed." Slick. Obviously, the underlying meaning is that people are becoming disenfranchised with Martinelli, that he promised to make some changes, but then he himself changed, leaving the people disappointed. If you make an effort to search out these political cartoons regularly, and if you make an effort to understand them, then your mastery of the Spanish language will improve, no doubt. The last things most people get when learning a second language are the abilities to understand things like puns, humor, double meanings, innuendo, subtle flirtation, and the like.
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