Culture Smart! Australia

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Australia -Culture Smart! appears on Oprah's Austalian Adventure!

Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to ...
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Australia - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture

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Overview

Australia -Culture Smart! appears on Oprah's Austalian Adventure!

Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.

Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include

* customs, values, and traditions
* historical, religious, and political background
* life at home
* leisure, social, and cultural life
* eating and drinking
* dos, don'ts, and taboos
* business practices
* communication, spoken and unspoken

"Culture Smart has come to the rescue of hapless travellers." Sunday Times Travel

"... the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries." Global Travel

"...full of fascinating-as well as common-sense-tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas." Observer

"...as useful as they are entertaining." Easyjet Magazine

"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857333107
  • Publisher: Kuperard
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: Culture Smart! Series
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 717,370
  • Product dimensions: 4.43 (w) x 6.65 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

BARRY PENNEY is an Australian teacher, trainer, and management executive. After graduating from the University of Adelaide, he worked in education before specializing in sales, sales management, and marketing for several multinational corporations. He went on to study at The Australian Administrative Staff College, Victoria. Barry has lived and worked in the United States, Britain, and Turkey. On returning to Australia he established a management training business. He has devised and conducted marketing and presentation courses, has published several short stories, and teaches English to foreign language students. He is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.
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Table of Contents

Map of Australia 7
Introduction 8
Key Facts 10
Chapter 1 Land and People 12
Terrain 15
Climate 17
Australia's Aborigines 19
The Australians 25
Government and Politics 27
Historical Snapshot 30
Chapter 2 Values and Attitudes 32
"Fair Dinkum" 32
Working to Live versus Living to Work 33
"Mateship" 34
"Cultural Cringe" and "Tall Poppies" 36
Religion 38
Humor 39
Attitudes to Others 41
Chapter 3 The Australians at Home 46
Home Ownership 46
Renting 47
House Styles 47
Suburban Living 50
Gardening 52
Schools and Schooling 55
Shops and Services 57
TV and Radio 58
Chapter 4 Making Friends 60
Where to Find Them 60
What Next? 65
Chapter 5 A God Named Sport 72
The Climate and the Great Outdoors 74
The Olympics and the World Scene 75
A Land of Opportunity 81
Chapter 6 Time Out 84
Food and Drink 84
Restaurants 91
Table Manners 92
The "Barbie," or "Bar-b-que" 95
Sangers and Other Takeaways 96
Australian Culture--an Oxymoron? 98
Chapter 7 Traveling 106
Going Walkabout 106
Planning Your Trip 107
State Differences and Rivalries 109
Transport 116
Driving in the Outback 121
Accommodation 123
Health and Security 125
Chapter 8 Business Briefing 132
"The Australian Way" 132
A Pocket Economic History 133
Women in Management 137
The Work Ethic 137
The Working Day 139
Making Appointments 139
Meetings and Negotiation 140
Making a Presentation 142
Egalitarianism in the Workplace 144
Trade Unions 145
Business and Socializing 146
Chapter 9 Commiunicating 148
Australian English--Speaking "Strine" 148
Telephone 150
Fax and E-mail 153
Post 153
Communication Styles 154
Conclusion 157
Glossary 160
Resources 162
Further Reading 164
Index 166
Acknowledgment 168
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