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Title: Culture Shock! Germany

Culture Shock!Germany
  • Awesome PP Presentation by Alan Itkin

Table of Contents
  • First Impressions
  • German History
  • German Characteristics
  • The German Landscape
  • Fitting Into Germany
  • Settling In
  • Experiencing German Society
  • Food and Entertaining
  • Enjoying Germany
  • Doing Business in Germany
  • D.I.Y. Germany

  • Culture Quiz
  • Dos and Donts Appendix
  • Resource Guide
  • Further Reading
  • Map
  • Index

  • The story of the three blind men and the
  • No one can fully experience and describe all of
    it, not even someone who had spent his or her
    whole life here (6).
  • Ive tried to incorporate all of these
    perspectives into the overall view presented
    here, even when they were in some cases wildly
    contradictory (7).
  • But then, German society itself is wildly
    contradictory in so many ways (7).
  • I admit that even after youve travelled through
    this whole book, you still wont know every inch
    of the elephant, but at least youll have a good
    idea of what kind of beast this elephant is, and
    how you might begin to deal with it (7).

Tone Style
  • Informal
  • Conversational
  • Anecdotal
  • Avuncular
  • Straightforward

Chapter 1 First Impressions
  • A quote from one world-weary American visitor
    I was pretty much used to the fact that in
    todays world, every place looks like every place
    else. But Germany looks more like every place
    else than any place else (12).
  • Dispelling myths, Lederhosen, etc.
  • I can count on the fingers of one hand all
    foreign residents of Germany who came here and
    then fell in love with the country or its people
    (as opposed to some of its people). But they did
    fall into a sense of satisfaction (15).

Chapter 3 German Characteristics
  • Skipping Chapter 2 History.
  • History plays a role in the development of all
    nations but in Germany it casts a particularly
    long and heavy areas (39).
  • What are Germans like?
  • Germans are not risk takers and they insist on
    having things reasonably under control-- and what
    the Germans see as reasonable, others might well
    consider irrational (40).
  • Other headings under Values in this chapter
    Neither Borrowers nor Lenders, Home and Hearth,
    Concern for the Environment, Compartmentalisation,
    Keep it Where it Belongs, The Importance of
    Planning, Frankness to a Fault, Arrogance,
    Theres Always Room for Gloom, etc.

Other Chapters
  • Chapter 4 The German Landscape
  • Exploring regional differences in geography and
  • Chapter 5 Fitting into Germany
  • Immigration, ethnic communities,
    multiculturalism, xenophobia.
  • Practical advice for integrating into German
    culture Aufenthaltserlaubnis, etc.

Other Chapters
  • Chapter 6 Settling In
  • Practical advice for living in Germany housing,
    banking, shopping, health, transportation, etc.
  • Chapter 7 Experiencing German Society
  • Advice for acclimating oneself to German culture
    humor, public vs. private, etc.

Other Chapter
  • Chapter 8 Food and Entertaining
  • Gross!
  • Chapter 9 Enjoying Germany
  • Leisure time activities Holidays, the Kneipen
    culture, Strassenfeste, the media, the arts.

Other Chapters
  • Chapter 10 Learning the Language
  • Chapter 11 Doing Business in Germany
  • Chapter 12 D.I.Y Germany
  • Miscellaneous cultural info names to drop in
    conversation, etc.

  • Culture Shock! Germany is a decent, practical,
    friendly guide, that does not pretend to be
    definitive, but approaches German culture from
    the perspective of a non-native (Richard Lord),
    with plenty of anecdotes and advice gleaned from
    the experiences of other outsiders who acclimated
    themselves to German culture.
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