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Argentina - Culture Smart

ISBN: 9781857337051

Publisher: Kuperard

The second-largest country in South America, Argentina has been through great changes in recent years. Its journey from dictatorship to democracy has left many ...


The second-largest country in South America, Argentina has been through great changes in recent years. Its journey from dictatorship to democracy has left many scars, but these are largely eclipsed by the pride and resilience of the Argentinian people, who have developed a style, a language, and a joie de vivre that are all their own. The political maelstroms the country has experienced have had a profound effect on its economy, its people, and its relationship with the rest of the world. Despite this, the generosity, warmth, and openness of the Argentinians continue to place Argentina at the top of any list of must-visit countries. Its unique geography provides a plethora of enticing and captivating destinations, from the mesmerizing wonders of the glaciers or the bucolic landscapes of the Andes valleys to the buzz and excitement of Buenos Aires, famous for its nightlife, gastronomy, and cultural life. This new, updated edition of Culture Smart! Argentina looks at the attitudes and values of the people today and how they have adapted to the challenges and events over the last decade. From their immense pride in an Argentinian pope, to their passion for football and their constant striving for political and economic stability, this book provides a key to understanding the richness and complexity of Argentinian culture. It focuses on their attitude to life, business, and family to help you adapt to their working style and practices, so that you know how to behave appropriately and what to expect in return. It touches upon how Argentinian identity has been shaped over time and the reasons behind many of the traditions, beliefs, and norms of these complicated but amazing people.


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Pages: 168


Dimensions: 110 x 169 mm


Publication Date: 31-03-2018


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Brazil - Culture Smart

ISBN: 9781857336894

Publisher: Kuperard

For many people Brazil conjures up images of football, Carnaval and fine coffee, but it is much more than beaches and bossa nova. If you could choose only one w...


For many people Brazil conjures up images of football, Carnaval and fine coffee, but it is much more than beaches and bossa nova. If you could choose only one word to describe Brazil, it would be diversity. The variety of racial types, lifestyles, wealth, landscape and climate is enormous. Jeitinho is the Brazilian means of dealing creatively with life’s everyday complications. Literally translated as a “little way”, in practice it means that regardless of the rules or systems in place, where there is a will there has to be a way around them. The jeitinho is so ingrained in daily life that you can see examples everywhere; managing to get a seat when all the places are booked up, traveling with more luggage than is allowed or successfully ordering something that is not on the restaurant menu. Culture Smart! Brazil is a concise guide to understanding the Brazilian people and illuminating the complexities of their national identity. Familiarise yourself with their customs, traditions and culture and experience Brazil authentically.


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Pages: 168


Dimensions: 110 x 169 mm


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China - Culture Smart

ISBN: 9781857338546

Publisher: Kuperard

Culture Smart! China puts the latest dramatic changes into a historical context, explains deep-seated cultural attitudes, and guides the visitor through a maze ...


Culture Smart! China puts the latest dramatic changes into a historical context, explains deep-seated cultural attitudes, and guides the visitor through a maze of unfamiliar social situations. It will enable you to discover for yourself the warmth, intelligence, humor, and humanity of this extraordinary people. The spectacular Beijing Olympics of 2008 heralded China’s arrival as an economic superpower. When the world plunged into economic crisis, in China, too, factories closed, but most unemployed workers simply made their way back to the countryside. The patience, diligence, enterprise, and natural optimism that are part of the Chinese character helped tide it over the setback. New mega-cities sprang up, peopled by a generation of city dwellers, light years away from their parents’ rural world. The Chinese have always taken a long-term view of events. They are proud of their ancient civilization and their modern achievements. Among the young, educated, urban elite there is an eagerness to discuss issues that were formerly “off limits.”


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Pages: 168


Dimensions: 110 x 119 mm


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India - Culture Smart

ISBN: 9781857338409

Publisher: Kuperard

India’s population of 1.2 billion is as varied and colorful as the spice markets of Old Delhi. Each region, caste, and community has its own culture, reflecti...


India’s population of 1.2 billion is as varied and colorful as the spice markets of Old Delhi. Each region, caste, and community has its own culture, reflecting unique histories shaped by conquest, creativity, and religion, expressed in distinct languages, social customs, art forms, and expectations of life. Despite enormous recent political and economic change, in many ways India remains the same—a total sensory experience. The chaos and beauty of color and sound, the language shifts every ten miles, the household variations of spicy and sharp, sweet and sour, the insistent smells of everyday life lived very much in public, and the invasion of personal space will challenge the most experienced traveler. But it is in surrendering to your senses that you begin to embrace the essence of India and to understand its people. Indians live with paradox. Proud traditions and patriotism commingle with tensions and prejudices rooted in age-old rivalries. Ancient temples may be plastered with signs advertising the latest technologies. The rapid urbanization of the last century has given rise to burgeoning slums and an affluent middle class that was nonexistent a few decades ago. Steeped in tradition, exceptionally fatalistic, and intensely passionate about their culture, the Indians are an ingenious, adventurous, and creative people. Show interest in their country and most will respond with genuine warmth and friendship. But they also have indelible ties to family and community that form boundaries and determine decisions that may not always seem reasonable, or sometimes even ethical, to outsiders. Culture Smart! India will make you aware of basic values and behavioral norms, show you how to navigate cultural differences and connect with real people, and offer invaluable insights into this great, endlessly fascinating land.


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Pages: 168


Dimensions: 110 x 169 mm


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Indonesia - Culture Smart

ISBN: 9781857333435

Publisher: Kuperard

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago. With a population of more than 200 million, it is the fifth most populous country in the world. Its position on ...


Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago. With a population of more than 200 million, it is the fifth most populous country in the world. Its position on the trade routes has produced a rich and diverse culture influenced by animist, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, and Muslim traditions. There are some three hundred ethnic groups in Indonesia, the product of centuries of migration and settlement. The differences between ethnic groups and social classes are clearly understood, but underlying this diversity, and the more recent cultural impact of the West, are common core values. The vast majority of Indonesians live according to beliefs and perceptions that the visitor needs to be aware of in order not to offend unintentionally: the principles of social conduct reflect an Asian approach to the world. These values lie deep, and influence behavior that to outsiders may seem irrational or perplexing while statements, gestures, or other conduct perfectly natural to the visitor may produce adverse reactions from Indonesians. In general, though, Indonesians are gracious and will make allowances for strangers. Culture Smart! Indonesia provides an introduction to this rich diversity while enabling you to avoid some of the social pitfalls when visiting, living, or working in this fascinating and beautiful country. Indonesians are a hospitable and courteous people. By making an effort to understand and respect their values and customs, you will earn their appreciation and friendship.


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Pages: 168


Dimensions: 110 x 169 mm


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Israel - Culture Smart

ISBN: 9781857338829

Publisher: Kuperard

Culture Smart! Israel marks the nation's 70th year of independence in a concise cultural guide that enables readers to get to the heart of this diverse, dynamic...


Culture Smart! Israel marks the nation's 70th year of independence in a concise cultural guide that enables readers to get to the heart of this diverse, dynamic and paradoxical country and enable you to make the most of your visit. Independent since 1948, this edition provides important insights into the complexities of Israeli society so that you will know what to expect and how to behave in different circumstances, avoid misunderstandings and form good relations both socially and in business. While Israel is a modern and largely secular country, it is one steeped in biblical history and in which religion still plays an active role in public life. In seventy years it has grown from a sparsely populated strip of land into a vigorous democracy and regional superpower. Often called the Startup Nation, Israel is a world leader in a number of Hi-tech industries. Its democratic institutions, despite a political and social polarization in recent years, are among the most enlightened in the world. This pocket guide will help readers understand the country and its people beyond the headlines, ensuring for greater understanding and a far more valuable travelling experience, whatever the reason for visiting.


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Pages: 168


Dimensions: 110 x 169 mm


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Japan - Culture Smart

ISBN: 9781857338607

Publisher: Kuperard

This book sets out to provide a concise introduction to this unique country, its people and their way of life, illuminating those issues, actions, and motives t...


This book sets out to provide a concise introduction to this unique country, its people and their way of life, illuminating those issues, actions, and motives that continue to baffle what the Japanese used to refer to as the “outside world.” We explore the Japanese cultural scene, from deep-seated attitudes and values to the ever-important world of business, identifying change where it is taking place and highlighting the many traditional customs and practices that still feature in Japanese life. This traditionalism can appear paradoxical when set against Japan’s stunning city architecture and ultra-modern transportation and communications systems, or the sight of Japanese youth following Western fashion and style in Hibiya Park, Tokyo. Culture Smart! Japan aims to broaden your perception and understanding of the Japanese people, to equip you with the tools to avoid the pitfalls of cultural misunderstanding, and to make your visit to this important, dynamic, and creative society a rich and mutually rewarding experience.


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Pages: 168


Dimensions: 110 x 169 mm


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Korea - Culture Smart

ISBN: 9781857336696

Publisher: Kuperard

The past century has not been kind to the people of the Korean peninsula. Only in the last decade has there been any significant move to heal the wounds of the ...


The past century has not been kind to the people of the Korean peninsula. Only in the last decade has there been any significant move to heal the wounds of the past. The issue is complicated by the very different conditions of the two Koreas. The North remains a dictatorship, and having once led in economic development and industrialisation, is in economic decline. The South, by contrast, once viewed as an economic disaster, built a modern economy in the 1960s and 1970s, weathered the financial storms of the 1990s, and seems well on the road to democracy. The two Koreas are now interacting as never before. The 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 World Cup, shared with Japan, have helped to increase knowledge about South Korea, but have not overcome widespread ignorance about the Korean people and their culture. Yet those who visit Korea, whether North or South, will find a place of great interest with much to offer. Koreans, when not constrained by politics or other considerations, are friendly and sociable. The peninsula has areas of outstanding natural beauty. The South’s cities, if not always beautiful, are vibrant and alive. The North, while very different, is well worth getting to know. Culture Smart! Korea shows how Koreans think and act, and the pitfalls to avoid, and introduces some of the delights of the peninsula. By introducing visitors to the Koreans at home and at work, their customs, attitudes and values, this book opens the door to the richly rewarding human dimension of foreign travel, and paves the way for an incomparably more engaging experience, whatever your reason for travelling.


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Pages: 168


Dimensions: 110 x 169 mm


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New Zealand - Culture Smart

ISBN: 9781857338560

Publisher: Kuperard

New Zealand, or Aotearoa (the “land of the long, white cloud”) as it is known by the Maori population, is a land of myth and reality, contrast and contradic...


New Zealand, or Aotearoa (the “land of the long, white cloud”) as it is known by the Maori population, is a land of myth and reality, contrast and contradiction. New Zealand’s culture is rich and diverse because of the numbers of people of different nationalities who have immigrated to the country. It is still, however, greatly influenced by its Maori heritage, which will be better appreciated if you learn a few key words and understand some of the customs. The New Zealanders are a friendly and welcoming people, who will go the extra mile to help you without expecting anything in return. As a nation of immigrants, they themselves have blended to form a unique persona, the Kiwi, who is used to newcomers and will be happy to accept you at face value. Kiwis are usually polite, gentle (off the playing field), trusting, and honest. They are also unpretentious, and are not impressed by airs and graces, preferring a more down-to-earth attitude. New Zealand’s moderate climate, clean and green environment, reliable public services, and general safety make it an easy country to visit and explore. Culture Smart! New Zealand, while providing factual background information on relevant history and political episodes, explores the human dimension, offering practical tips and vital insights into Kiwi customs, values, and attitudes to help deepen your experience of this beautiful country and its fair-minded people.


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Pages: 168


Dimensions: 110 x 169 mm


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Russia - Culture Smart

ISBN: 9781857333527

Publisher: Kuperard

Spanning 11 time-zones, The Russian Federation is the largest country on Earth by some margin. Over three quarters of its population reside in the smaller Weste...


Spanning 11 time-zones, The Russian Federation is the largest country on Earth by some margin. Over three quarters of its population reside in the smaller Western segment, geographically divided from the rest of the nation by the Ural Mountains. Many writers and thinkers have attempted to outline and illustrate the psyche of its peoples, putting emphasis on pride, asceticism and passion, but also a kind of indifference. With its tumultuous and mystifying past, contemporary Russians are often seen as unpredictable and somewhat cold, but beneath their hard exterior there are countless layers of warmth, dependability, sincerity and generosity. So how do you disassemble this matroyshka façade? One contributing factor is Russia’s fluctuating identity, Peter the Great shook off the dust of the Slavic past by initiating a more European dress style and ordering the removal of beards. Later, Slavophiles swept up the remains and opposed westernisation, creating a deeply divided nation. This ideological disunion has led to flourishing periods of creative expression, with some of the best literature, art, and classical music the world has to offer. Culture Smart! Russia offers you an insight into the workings of a deeply complex nation and peoples, and will fill both tourists and businessmen/women alike with the confidence to thrive. It will give you an overview of Russian history and culture past and present, and how to communicate with Russians, while allowing you to embrace their quirks and idiosyncrasies. Get off On the Right Foot Always remove your footwear before you enter a Russian’s home, a tradition held from the slushy spring months. Even events with large attendances will see everyone remove their shoes when stepping over the threshold. Some Russian’s even bring smenka (auxiliary footwear) to engagements. Luckily for you, Russian’s usually have many spare pairs of tapochki (slippers) for guests.


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Pages: 168


Dimensions: 110 x 169 mm


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