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Shortcuts to Poland

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This book about cross-cultural communication will help you sharpen your skills of observation and maybe even make you laugh. While it's directed at Americans, the cultural insights will appeal to any visitor to Poland or anyone interested in cross-cultural communication.

182 pages, Hardcover

First published January 1, 1997

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Laura Klos Sokol

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January 25, 2020
This was a great, fun insight into Polish culture! I have no idea how accurate it is, but I enjoyed it!
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December 20, 2018
I've actually read the 4th edition, but it isn't on Goodreads yet.

Anyway, I'm from Poland and I still found it a delight to read! I'm giving this book 5 stars for effort, pleasant writing style and a very open, positive attitude :). Of course, there is room for improvement, but the Author's observations were mostly right, even if simplified. Just one little thing, just to caution you - the book doesn't cover too many negative things about Poland...
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May 21, 2016
Love the next edition of 'Shortcuts to Poland'. These are the stories so close to my heart!
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January 10, 2020
Un libro simpático para realizar una primera aproximación a la idiosincrasia polaca, aunque en ocasiones resulta algo aburrido y superficial.
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November 9, 2011
This book consists of a series of 2-3 page segments, many of which, I believe, were originally published as newspaper articles. This made it the ideal commuting book for me, as I could read 2-3 articles on the subway each morning, but I should caution that reading too many in a row will quickly wear you out on the author's usual format (amusing anecdote about a cultural clash > description of how the Polish do things > contrast to how Americans do things > attempt at moving conclusion about how we're not that different after all).
I would recommend this book to any American (or Canadian) moving or doing significant travel to Poland. I would also, more strongly, recommend this to any Poles doing the inverse, as the author clearly writes about American cultural quirks with more confidence and insights than she does Polish ones (not a knock on her - she is originally American, it's to be expected).
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