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Going Dutch in Beijing: The International Guide to Doing the Right Thing

3.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  70 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Why shouldn't you offer to pay for your share of the meal in China? Or say 'chin chin' as you raise your glass in Japan? This work aims to help its readers avoid minor international incidents by offering a look at everything from first greetings to last rites, covering key minefields of misunderstanding along the way.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 4th 2007 by Profile Books (first published 2007)
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L'autore ha saputo dividere bene gli argomenti toccando tutti i paesi insieme e non uno alla volta. Forse sarebbe stato bene farlo per avere un quadro preciso per ogni nazione, ma anche così non è malvagio. Su halloween c'è un'imprecisione: non è proprio una festa cristiana! I cristiani li onorano, li portano dei fiori, pregano per loro e credono nella resurrezione. Non si vestono in maschera o cercano di spaventarli e scacciarli via. Sono due concetti completamente diversi, quindi se le cose st ...more
Jamie MacDonald Jones
Entirely repetitive and uninteresting.
I thought when I picked this up that it was going to be anecdotal examples but it is organized more like a reference book - but it isn't a particularly comprehensive or well organized to serve as a reference book (there is an index, at least).

If you were going to a particular country and wanted to make sure you didn't make any cultural errors, this book wouldn't give you a sold background. It isn't clear that isn't good for anything.

Oct 06, 2010 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I skimmed this book for what not to do in China, reading most of it in course. The book is arranged topically rather than by country, so it's most interesting if you want to know how cultures compare in different areas, (e.g., business, greetings, hand gestures, dating, table manners, etc.).
Aug 04, 2011 Philia rated it it was ok
A very clever book title which caught my attention!

Some interesting discovery about the different customs and habits of people in our global village!

It's an okay read!

L'idea attrae, ma in realtà l'ho trovato per la maggior parte monotono e per niente originale. Un paio di chicche ci sono, ma vanno cercate. Da sfogliare nei tempi morti.
Feb 25, 2013 Theut rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mi aspettavo un libro un po' più strutturato, invece, almeno per quanto riguarda le usanze di un paio di paesi, ci sono molte imprecisioni/incongruenze.
May 26, 2013 Ffiamma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
buffo, anche se non sempre preciso (i luoghi comuni su francesi e italiani non sono sempre veri)
Emily Hunt
Feb 10, 2012 Emily Hunt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing. It is a great guide to being culturally aware when abroad
A fun and interesting quick read about international customs and traditions.
Abraham Ray
Apr 30, 2015 Abraham Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trivia
nice book of the things you should and not do around the world.
Jul 03, 2009 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting, quick read, but too scattered to be really useful.
Ben Rogers
Informative... but pretty dull...
Mar 27, 2010 Lorie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, travel, fun
A fast and fun read.
Aug 05, 2009 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good culture junkie fix. Not as long, detailed, or business-focused as "Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands", but fascinating and entertaining to read
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