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Great Guide at understanding culture.,
This review is from: Culture Shock! Germany: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette (Culture Shock! Guides) (Paperback)
I had been to Germany 3 times before reading this. I found each trip to be slightly different. Sometimes, I felt isolated and very alone. Other moments were filled with great conversation and passionate people who were willing to be open with me and try to discuss our differences, similarities, likes and dislikes. If I had read this before going, I would have been more prepared but, I'm glad I found it now.
Culture Shock dives into the modern Germany seen from the perspective of a visitor. This means that it's highly general and not 100% set in stone for all peoples of Germany. It covers what a visitor should expect about Germans on a personal, public and professional level. Compartmentalization is highly covered explaining the formalities of society.
After reading this, I much more understand their culture. I also read the book on China before I went... I find this series to be breathtakingly amazing. It covers what everyone should know before making plans to visit. I'm sure on my next visit, I will be able to enjoy conversation and understanding of the peoples around me much better.... and I won't sip my drink before a Prost! ;)