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Canada - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture [Kindle Edition]

Diane Lemieux
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Book Description

Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.

Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include

* customs, values, and traditions
* historical, religious, and political background
* life at home
* leisure, social, and cultural life
* eating and drinking
* dos, don'ts, and taboos
* business practices
* communication, spoken and unspoken

"Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday Times Travel

"... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." Global Travel

"...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." Observer

" useful as they are entertaining." Easyjet Magazine

"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York Times

Editorial Reviews


Culture Smart! has come to the rescue of hapless travellers, Sunday Times Travel - ...the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries, Global Travel - ...full of fascinating, as well as common sense, tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas, Observer - useful as they are entertaining, Easy Jet Magazine - ...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world, New York Times.

About the Author

DIANE LEMIEUX is a Canadian writer and journalist based in the Netherlands. Born in Quebec into a diplomatic family, she traveled widely in her childhood. She has a BA in Communication from the University of Ottawa, an MA in Development Studies from Leeds University, and a post-graduate diploma in International Relations from Amsterdam University. She has lived and worked in seven countries around the world. Diane specializes in intercultural communication, national diversity, and expatriate issues, and has written extensively on these subjects for professional journals, newspapers, and the Dutch Government.

Product Details

  • File Size: 892 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Kuperard (November 30, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BJ11GS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,115,185 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Errors and Stereotypical May 16, 2008
I bought this book for a friend who is moving to Canada soon. My main reason for buying it was that the language level looked low enough for a non-native English speaker.

At first glance, the book seems to be a good basic guide. It covers a wide variety of topics which make it a good general book. However; the book is poorly written and has quite a few grammatical and factual errors. It also seems to be written from a Canadian rather than an "outsider" because much of her claims are common Canadian misunderstandings. For example, she claims that Canada has a "strict separation between Church and state." While the US has the separation, Canada does not. In fact, several provinces fund religious schooling and many of the legislatures in the country, including the Federal Government, start their sessions with a prayer. This is hardly a strict separation. Elsewhere in the book, she also claims that BC tolerates "weed smoking" - another common misconception.

The book does a good job describing life in Central Canada (Ontario and Quebec). Much of the book provides examples of life, slang and issues that arise from this region. However; the author appears to have little experience with other regions in the country. Her description of the North and the Western regions are either stereotypical or in error. One simple example is her list of provincial capitals: two of the three "prairie provinces" are wrong.

If you are looking for a book on Canadian culture, this one will provide you with a very basic understanding. I am sure that better ones exist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good basic guide, eh? November 26, 2012
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A good basic guide, due to Canada's diversity, it is hard to capture in just one book! Still, a handy guide for travellers and business people alike.
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Award winning author, Diane Lemieux, was born in Quebec, Canada and began travelling at the age of three. She has lived in ten countries: Canada, Hong Kong, the United States, Brazil, China, Mozambique, Congo-Brazzaville, Vietnam, the Netherlands, and currently Nigeria). She speaks English, French, Dutch and Portuguese. She has a BA in communications from Ottawa University, an MA in development studies from Leeds University, an MA in International Relations from Amsterdam University and a journalism diploma from Bath University. She has ten years experience in international development and over fourteen years as a freelance author and journalist.

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