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Xenophobe S Guide To The Germans

Author : Stefan Zeidenitz
ISBN : 1906042330
Genre : Humor
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Teutonic torment In every German there is a touch of the wild-haired Beethoven striding through forests and weeping over a mountain sunset, grappling against impossible odds to express the inexpressible. This is the Great German Soul, prominent display of which is essential whenever Art, Feeling, and Truth are under discussion. Angst breeds angst For a German, doubt and anxiety expand and ramify the more you ponder them. They are astonished that things haven't gone to pot already, and are pretty certain that they soon will. Longer must be better Most Germans apply the rule that more equals better. If a passing quip makes you smile, then surely by making it longer the pleasure will be drawn out and increased. As a rule, if you are cornered by someone keen to give you a laugh, you must expect to miss lunch and most of that afternoon's appointments. Angst breeds angst Because life is ernsthaft, the Germans go by the rules. Schiller wrote, ?obedience is the first duty,” and no German has ever doubted it. This fits with their sense of order and duty. Germans hate breaking rules, which can make life difficult because, as a rule, everything not expressly permitted is prohibited.

The Xenophobe S Guide To The Swiss

Author : Paul Bilton
ISBN : 1906042500
Genre : Humor
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Mountain mentality Swiss farmers are tough, independent, hard-working, resilient, well-prepared for every kind of natural disaster, and above all staunchly conservative. These characteristics have been passed on to Swiss town-dwellers, who go about their day as if they too were farming a lonely mountain cliff. We can do better The Swiss stubbornly refuse to believe they are doing well and will even dispute the figures that prove it. So, like the poor donkey chasing the carrot, they pull their collective cart along ever faster, chasing the goal they passed years ago. Peak performers The perceptions of the Swiss being dull, staid, and boring while at the same time displaying a talent for ruthless efficiency and a limitless capacity for hard work are uncomfortably close to the truth. Likewise the clichéd impressions of high mountains, watches, cheese, chocolate bars, and gold bars are genuine. Degrees of unease The diversity of the Swiss is apparent in the degree to which they worry. The German-speakers do little else. The French-speaking Swiss are great visionaries and philosophers with noble thoughts and global dreams. They worry that their Swiss-German compatriots do not share these dreams. The Italian-speaking Swiss are less interested in the solid values of work and have a terrible tendency not to worry nearly enough.

The Xenophobe S Guide To The Estonians

Author : Hilary Bird
ISBN : 9781908120335
Genre : History
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A guide to understanding the Estonians which dispels or confirms preconceived prejudices with humor and insight.

The Xenophobe S Guide To The Poles

Author : Ewa Lipniacka
ISBN : 9781908120724
Genre : Humor
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A guide to understanding the Poles that displays their true character with perception and affection.

Xenophobe S Guide To The Spanish

Author : Drew Launay
ISBN : 1906042489
Genre : Humor
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Extracts from the book. Fun in the sun: Anyone attempting to understand the Spanish must first of all recognize the fact that they do not consider anything important except total enjoyment. If it is not enjoyable it will be ignored.You can't buy happiness: The happiness of the individual is considered to be much more important than money. The goatherd who strolls the countryside with his animals breathing in the fresh air and loving his problem-less life is much more admired than the wealthy industrialist who hasn't time to enjoy life and spends quite a lot of his earnings on medicines to calm his peptic ulcers.Sexplicit: In Spain lust is ever in the air. There is nothing about the Spanish appreciation of sex that is inhibited or restrained. It is accepted that both men and women love making love, which is why there are very few sexual crimes in the country. Drew Launay is the author of French for Xenophobes and Spanish for Xenophobes.

Xenophobe S Guide To The Americans

Author : Stephanie Faul
ISBN : 1906042195
Genre : History
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Highlights the unique character and behavior of the nation. Frank, irreverent, funny--almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia.

Xenophobe S Guide To The Dutch

Author : Rodney Bolt
ISBN : 1906042284
Genre : Humor
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It's all in your mind The spirit of tolerance does constant battle with the ghost of Calvin for control of the Dutch psyche. Few Dutch people go to church anymore, but they don't need to. Inside every Hollander's head is a little pulpit containing a preacher with a wagging finger. Going Dutch This is the nation that once sold scrapers for getting the last remnants of the film of buttermilk from the inside of the bottle. The Dutch "think with their pockets." Parsimony is not an embarrassment, but a virtue. Culture vultures The Dutch are cultural magpies. They keep a beady eye on other people's cultural trends, and are swift to snap up sparkling new fashions. This means that rather than producing an indigenous culture, they have become voracious consumers of everybody else's?true Europeans, whose cultural fads and fancies know no borders. The Netherlands acts as a giant cultural sponge. Double Dutch For the Dutch, the other side of the question is as important as the question itself. Dialogue is the lubricant of tolerance, and the essential ingredient of dialogue is "Yes, but . . ."

The Xenophobe S Guide To The Germans

Author : Stefan Zeidenitz
ISBN : 9781908120427
Genre : Social Science
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A guide to understanding the Germans that uncovers their insecurities and gently dispels even the most ingrained prejudices.

The Xenophobe S Guide To The Greeks

Author : Alexandra Fiada
ISBN : 1902825306
Genre : Travel
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Highlights the unique character and behavior of the nation. Frank, irreverent, funny--almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia.

The Xenophobe S Guide To The Swiss

Author : Paul Bilton
ISBN : 1902825454
Genre : Travel
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Highlights the unique character and behavior of the nation. Frank, irreverent, funny--almost guaranteed to cure Xenophobia.

The Xenophobe S Guide To The Finns

Author : Tarja Moles
ISBN : 9781908120366
Genre : Humor
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A guide to understanding the Finns that explores their national characteristics with humour and style.

The Xenophobe S Guide To The Swiss

Author : Paul Bilton
ISBN : 9781908120908
Genre : Social Science
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A guide to understanding the Swiss that reveals a nation of people who are anything but the cuckoo clock-making, yodelling stereotypes generally portrayed.

The Expat

Author : Kate Harlington
ISBN : 9781468973426
Genre : Fiction
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Are the British really that different to their continental counterparts? To Bryony, the answer is a resounding YES. The Expat/Auslaender is the first in the series of how a small-town British girl navigates her way through the cultural minefields of life in Europe. Having so far only know a small Island (The Isle of Wight) and a slightly bigger Island (England), Bryony graduates in 1999 and leaves England’s shores to live and work as an English teacher in Frankfurt. She dives into life (and dating) and discovers that German men are totally different to British lads and that dating in Germany is a whole different ballgame. She finds herself navigating cultural minefields to do with drafts, medical problems that no British doctor knows how to treat, nudity and the accidental condemnation of someone to 7 years of bad sex, all whilst finding herself slap-bang in the middle of a dark conspiracy. Will Bryony survive these intercultural minefields or will she end up back on The Island? Based on real life experiences this book will bring a smile to the face of anyone who has ever been an expat, an English teacher or ever escaped to/from the Isle of Wight.

French For Xenophobes

Author : Drew Launay
ISBN : 1903096146
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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A humorous approach to Italian that shows you can speak the lingo simply by using plain English. Vital phrases will trip off your tongue, gems like: 'Why does your mother look at me in that way?’, ‘Is the water traditionally brown in this area?’ and ‘I don’t have any more money!’

Italian For Xenophobes

Author : Drew Launay
ISBN : 1903096189
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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A humorous approach to Italian that shows you can speak the lingo simply by using plain English. Vital phrases will trip off your tongue, gems like: 'Why does your mother look at me in that way?’, ‘Is the water traditionally brown in this area?’ and ‘I don’t have any more money!’

The Xenophobe S Guide To The Russians

Author : Elizabeth Roberts
ISBN : IND:30000050184336
Genre : Humor
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This is one of a series of guides designed to tell the truth about other nations, using sweeping generalizations and observations as a base, detailing what to expect and how to cope with it. The guides try to explain why things are done the way they are and they try to allay the feelings of trepidation with which the xenophobe approaches new territory. This particular book looks at the Russians.

Forthcoming Books

Author : Rose Arny
ISBN : UOM:39015060466151
Genre : American literature
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Denmark

Author : LeeAnn Iovanni
ISBN : STANFORD:36105024864386
Genre : Danemark - Bibliographie
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Living And Working In Germany

Author : Dan Finlay
ISBN : IND:30000092626294
Genre : Travel
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Fully updated and revised 2nd edition. Essential reading for anyone planning to live or work in Germany and the most up-to-date source of practical information available about everyday life. It's guaranteed to hasten your introduction to the German way of life, and, most importantly, will save you time trouble and money! The best-selling and most comprehensive book about living and working in Germany since it was first published in 2000, containing up to three times as much information as similar books!

The Xenophobe S Guide To The Americans

Author : Stephanie Faul
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