The German Way
is a handy guide to understanding how people from every corner of the German-speaking world think, do business, and act in their daily lives.
Organized alphabetically for ease of use, The German Way is an indispensable reference to the common as well as the divergent cultural traits of German-speaking people. Included are 77 key traits, representing German-speaking people from all walks of life and from the following countries where German is spoken: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Familiarity with the varied ways in which these people celebrate holidays, interact with one another, eat, dress, and so on will increase your ability to communicate with German-speaking men and women everywhere.
Complete with a bibliography and index, The German Way provides keen insights into the rich variety of customs and attitudes found in German-speaking countries. Whether you are a student, tourist, or business traveler, this book will help you break the cultural barrier - and appreciate the way things are done in the German-speaking world.
The following are selected topics taken from the A-to-Z format in The German Way. The 77 cultural topics in the book include:
Abbreviations and acronyms, Advertising and marketing, American influences, Angst, Arrival, The Autobahn, Beer and wine, Business (Wirtschaft) in the German-speaking world, Cinema: German-language film production, Crime and punishment: the law, Dialects, Dining, Ecology and the environment, Education (Bildung), Family, Fashion and design, The German Past, Greetings and common courtesies, Holidays and celebrations, House and home, The identity card (der Ausweis) and other red tape, Money, banks, and credit, Patriotism and nationalism, Police, Privacy, Radio and television, Shopping, Sports, Switzerland (die Schweiz), Trains, The Wall, The WC (die Toilette), Women in society. -- From the Publisher