Culture Shock! Germany / Edition 3

Culture Shock! Germany / Edition 3

by Richard Lord
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761454810

ISBN-13: 9780761454816

Pub. Date: 01/20/2009

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing

Germany is probably best known for its turbulent history and its role in shaping world events. Most recently, with the commercial liberation the European Union has brought and the realities of reunification, Germany is considered the engine of the European economy. Culture Shock! Germany will take you beyond the stereotypes and introduce you to this vibrant and

Overview

Germany is probably best known for its turbulent history and its role in shaping world events. Most recently, with the commercial liberation the European Union has brought and the realities of reunification, Germany is considered the engine of the European economy. Culture Shock! Germany will take you beyond the stereotypes and introduce you to this vibrant and complex society that is still coming to terms with its own identity. This book provides the information and perspectives on German society that will allow newcomers to adapt quickly and help them reap the benefits of life here.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761454816
Publisher:
Cavendish Square Publishing
Publication date:
01/20/2009
Series:
CultureShock! Series
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction6
Map of Germany8
1First Impressions9
Arriving in Germany10
Why come to Germany?13
The maligned Mecca14
2German History16
Early history17
The modern era21
Two Germanies, one people?29
Post-unification headaches36
3German Characteristics38
The legacy of history39
Values40
Drugs56
Religion57
Law and order58
4The German Landscape61
Geography61
Climate65
Resources66
Population67
In diversity is strength67
Berlin - east meets west74
5Fitting Into Germany77
The Auslander problem77
What is a German?80
The German way of multiculturalism89
Finding your place amongst Germans90
6Settling In97
Pre-arrival preparation97
Housing - the rental market98
Utilities103
Dealing with banks108
Domestic help109
Shopping110
Know your euro117
Health117
Family matters121
Teenagers127
Non-working spouses128
Pets129
Transportation130
7Experiencing German Society143
Your place amongst the Germans143
Rules for daily intercourse148
The German sense of humour150
Surviving the initial shocks152
Public selves, private selves154
The home - the great sanctuary156
Hosting159
Learning the customs162
Why it's all worth it169
8Food and Entertaining171
Traditional German fare171
Carnivores galore172
Vegetables175
Regional dishes177
Baked goods181
The structure of German meals182
Eating rituals186
Drinks190
9Enjoying Germany197
German vacation time198
Leisure activities204
The Kneipen culture209
Strassenfeste210
The media212
The arts218
10Learning the Language223
Good news and bad news224
How to learn the language225
Some useful words and phrases228
Twain's pains233
11Doing Business in Germany234
A positive work environment235
The work ethic235
The basics of the German economy238
Applying for jobs244
Service(?) industries245
The German business character246
German corporate/business structure250
Women in the working world251
Starting a business254
The role of banks255
Going along with the system256
Cracking the market258
A most taxing problem259
Tussles with Brussels260
Deutsche Mark, adieu!260
A German business do-it-yourself261
12D.I.Y. Germany263
Facts about Germany270
Time and time again270
Dates271
Numbers271
Electricity272
Name dropping272
Major topics of conversation279
Germany's 16 federal states281
Government282
Cultural Quiz285
Do's and Don'ts Appendix292
Resource Guide294
Further Reading302
Acknowledgements306
The Author307
Index308

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