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Behave Yourself!: The Essential Guide to International Etiquette Paperback – May 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0762736720 ISBN-10: 0762736720 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot; 1st edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762736720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762736720
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Navigating the treacherous waters of international customs, beliefs, and morals has never been easy. Most of us spring a leak at some point in our travels-whether from our own ethocentrism and cultural blindness or from bad luck and a nimble pickpocket.

Here at last is a sound and savvy guide to polishing your behavior in 45 countries around the world. Each offers some unusual and often unexpected etiquette challenges. With concise tips on meeting and greeting, conversing, dining, dressing, and more, Behave Yourself arms readers with the basic, no-nonsense rules that separate ignorant tourists from welcomed guests.

You will learn:
* How to eat without offending; how to dress to impress
* When to be on time, when to be late-and when to make your exit
* Who will welcome getting to know you-and who will find familiarity uncomfortable
* Where and when a gesture you might normally take to mean "Yes" will actually mean "no"
* What everyday activities can actually land you in jail-from jaywalking to chewing gum to napping in your car

This book is an essential aid to those traveling abroad for business or pleasure. In addition to being a fun read, Behave Yourself will help you keep your foot out of your mouth, your wallet in your pocket-and your travel-weary backside out of the local lockup!

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Navigating the treacherous waters of international customs, beliefs, and morals has never been easy. Most of us spring a leak at some point in our travels-whether from our own ethocentrism and cultural blindness or from bad luck and a nimble pickpocket.

Here at last is a sound and savvy guide to polishing your behavior in 45 countries around the world. Each offers some unusual and often unexpected etiquette challenges. With concise tips on meeting and greeting, conversing, dining, dressing, and more, Behave Yourself arms readers with the basic, no-nonsense rules that separate ignorant tourists from welcomed guests.

You will learn:
How to eat without offending; how to dress to impress
When to be on time, when to be late-and when to make your exit
Who will welcome getting to know you-and who will find familiarity uncomfortable
Where and when a gesture you might normally take to mean "Yes" will actually mean "no"
What everyday activities can actually land you in jail-from jaywalking to chewing gum to napping in your car

This book is an essential aid to those traveling abroad for business or pleasure. In addition to being a fun read, Behave Yourself will help you keep your foot out of your mouth, your wallet in your pocket-and your travel-weary backside out of the local lockup!


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eva L. Hallgren on December 6, 2007
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I am Swedish and bought this book as a present for a friend.
The book is cute, but after I read a story about manhole covers in my country that I, nor any of my Swedish friends ever heard of, I'm getting suspicious that there may be stories in other countries that aren't true.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Reid Rivenburgh on April 19, 2007
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This is an interesting book to read. It gives you insight into various cultures. But it's not a good investment if you're going to a single country listed in the book and want to use this as a serious aid. Each country is given 2-3 pages of information covering handshakes, what to wear, gifts, etc. It's good to know, but it's a fairly shallow treatment; I'd prefer many pages of regular print rather than the glossy presentation here. Still, it makes for a quick, fun read if you're into this sort of thing.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary C. on February 21, 2006
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Although Behave Yourself doesn't cover every country or take regional differences within a country into consideration, it's a valuable guide for the countries it does include. It's especially eye-opening to learn that the very bit of behavior called for in one country is taboo in another--for example cleaning one's plate in some places implies that one didn't get enough to eat, whereas leaving food on the plate in other places inmplies that one didn't like it. Other tidbits include the length and vigor of a proper handshake and the correct amount of time to be late or early to an engagement. I would recommend this book to anyone going abroad (especially to one of the countries covered).
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By Pepperment on November 19, 2008
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This book was pretty cute and it was informative. As a Cultural Anthropologist, the best I can say is that this book sort of gives a personality if you will to different countries. To me however, it does seem a little outdated. I think that is you are new to the Cultural Anthropologist scene though this is a good book to start with. It gives you a taste of some really interesting cultures in our world.
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