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Behave Yourself!: The Essential Guide To International Etiquette 1st Edition

3.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 002-4933736720
ISBN-10: 0762736720
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Editorial Reviews

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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!

From the Back Cover

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; 1st edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762736720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762736720
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 7.1 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: #160,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eva L. Hallgren on December 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
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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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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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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This is a handy little book, especially if you're going to several different countries. You can learn a little about each. Though I think it may need some updating... it talks about shillings in the Austria section, but I read on the internet that they went to the Euro in 2002. The 1st Edition I bought from the store doesn't have a publishing date on it, but the date for the 1st Edition according to Amazon is 2005. So you'd think that it would be updated. The Italy section talks about Euros...
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