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Beyond Chocolate: Understanding Swiss Culture

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Go beyond Swiss chocolate, beyond the initial fun and adventure of a new country and a new career to immerse yourself in the cultural attitudes of Switzerland's fascinating, multifaceted society.

This engaging study exposes different attitudes and potential misunderstandings about friendship, neighborliness, being professional, giving and getting compliments and criticism,

Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by Bergli Books Ltd
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May 22, 2014 molly rated it liked it
Shelves: expats, switzerland
Meh. I think the book I want to read about Switzerland is not written. This weekend I ended up in a tiny hüttli halfway down the mountain for apres ski, filled with an impossible number of locals drinking schnapps, yodeling, playing the accordion, sniffing tobacco, and joshing each other with arcane insults to each other's manhood. After befriending some locals, they guided us to a private clubhouse of some kind, where we got, you guessed it, more schnapps. We were then guided in a drunk skiing ...more
Dec 17, 2008 Antonina rated it liked it
I am almost two-thirds through the book and so far I am very much enjoying this read. The book is meant to explain Swiss culture to people from English-speaking countries. To me, coming originally from Russia, this book is twice as interesting to read, as it also explains English and US ways of thinking (through their differences with Swiss mentality).
The author gives plenty of examples and generally the book is very much based on the anecdotes and personal stories, which makes it very light to
Jul 27, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: expats
From entertaining to work life, the breadth of coverage and the cultural specificity make Beyond Chocolate essential reading for any newcomer. Some of my favorite essays: Dancing on the Phone, The Language of the Heart, and How People Talk.
Aug 27, 2011 Rae rated it liked it
Recommends it for: New immigrants to Switzerland, especially those from the UK and USA.
Recommended to Rae by: Rose
Shelves: non-fiction
A useful guide to the culture of my new home, this was drawn in rather broad strokes but (I think!) should be a good lens to view my experiences through. The notes on the importance of eating and drinking rituals were especially true to life, so agreed my beloved and his grandmother.
Mary Arkless
I loved reading this book. It gives so much insight to the Swiss.
Feb 12, 2011 Carmen rated it really liked it
I chose this book for our local library English language book club... some great and funny discussion came from it!
Jan 18, 2015 Betsy rated it really liked it
Kind of out dated but still very interesting on how the swiss operate.
Feb 12, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it
Very good introduction to and explanation of Swiss culture, though tended to be somewhat repetitive as the book went on.
Ramsey Haddad
Nov 29, 2012 Ramsey Haddad rated it liked it
Gets a little repetitive, but is good preparation for moving to Switzerland.
Aug 03, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
Reinforces many things I have learned about the differences in cultures since living in Switzerland. It is nice to know others have gone through similar experiences.
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