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
Okay, we get that they are industrious, meticulous, parsimonious people, organized, clean. That's a pamphlet, not a book. It could do more. Read morePublished 9 days ago by C. Braden
I bought this before my first trip to Germany. I found it interesting and very useful. It always helps to understand another culture and avoid making unintentional faux pas.Published 5 months ago by Brenda S. Zolli
I was looking for a book that delved into the depth of the German psyche and its cultural idiosyncrasies. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wilmington
This is an excellent book covering many interesting topics that should be useful for those who are traveling there for their first time or their 15th time. Read morePublished 7 months ago by susanv
Enjoyed the ettiquete discussions, but test is at least 10 years.
Was useful on the most recent Viking River Cruise down the Danube
If you're planning on visiting Germany or want to know about Germans and "how they are", then this book is for you, It is well written and extremely informativePublished 13 months ago by W Schuman
This book is about 15 years old, and I thought the author could've spent more time on German customs. It wasn't quite what I expected.Published 13 months ago by Anita Heath
A lot of the information in this book is still relevant but I really wish the author would make a newer updated edition of this book. This book was published in 1996. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jonathan