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CultureShock! Great Britain: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

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Down-to-earth and informative, the book offers insights on how to break down cultural barriers, relate with the people and appreciate the country for its worth. The book also gives useful advice on practical matters such as how to find suitable accommodation and education institutions for your family, unravelling British English and choosing from the rich variety of leisure activities that the country has to offer. Even for those who come from English-speaking countries, CultureShock! Britain is the essential ...
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Overview

Down-to-earth and informative, the book offers insights on how to break down cultural barriers, relate with the people and appreciate the country for its worth. The book also gives useful advice on practical matters such as how to find suitable accommodation and education institutions for your family, unravelling British English and choosing from the rich variety of leisure activities that the country has to offer. Even for those who come from English-speaking countries, CultureShock! Britain is the essential guide that helps people understand the intricacies that are uniquely British.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761454748
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2008
  • Series: CultureShock! Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
1 Britannia 9
Britain at a glance 12
Statistics 17
London 18
Take time out for London 29
2 The British People 32
Who is the true Brit? 38
What are the British like? 41
The local social scene 42
At work 43
Of laughter and lament 44
3 A Babel of Sounds 47
Accents first 48
What, rather than where 51
Touch 54
Park bench introductions 55
Helping the blind 55
Sign language 56
4 A Historical Perspective 57
The Church of Rome and the beginning of Protestantism 57
Religious Britain 63
Art 68
5 The House of Windsor 74
6 The British Way of Life 82
Dyed-in-the-wool habits 82
Institutions 86
Food 90
Ethnic food 98
The ethnic shopper 100
Restaurants 100
Punctuality 105
The family 107
Marrying for residence 114
Retirement 115
Pets 117
Traditions 121
Customs and celebrations 130
British politics 138
7 Integrating into British Society 142
Manners 142
The rule at work 147
Setting up a business 149
Renting accommodation 151
Money, conversion 156
DIY 158
Medicine 163
8 Education 169
Choice of schools 171
English as she is spoke 172
Learning English in Britain 173
Education 174
The state system 175
Curriculum 2000 175
The national curriculum 176
Independent schools 176
Boarding schools 178
Special education 178
Security and safety 178
Racism 179
9 Leisure Activities 186
Media 186
Entertainment 201
Sex and sleaze 208
Transport 209
Weather 217
Holidays 223
MOT 226
Sports 226
Parks 234
Window shopping 235
Soaking up the sun 235
Night birds 235
10 In Public 236
Racism 236
Violence 242
Fashion 247
Dirt 259
Cultural Quiz 262
Glossary 271
Resource Guide 273
Further Reading 292
The Author 294
Index 295
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