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CultureShock! Czech Republic

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Gain an insight into the local characteristics from the Czech love of nature to their musical inclination to their magical folklore. Be aware of social etiquette when dining in someone's home or learn what to expect when attending a traditional wedding. Navigate your way around the complex Czech language, especially its 40-lettered alphabet and sometimes difficult pronunciation. Discover what you should expect to pay for your new home, what your tenant rights are and what documents are required for obtaining a work and spousal visa. Peppered throughout with useful phrases, terms and resources, CultureShock! Czech Republic is a must-have for anyone planning on adapting to life in the Czech Republic.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Map of Czech Republic
  9. Chapter 1: First Impressions
    1. New Discoveries
    2. A Shift in Identity?
  10. Chapter 2: History, Politics, Economics and Religion
    1. Who are the Czechs?
    2. A Historical Background
    3. Government
    4. The Economy
    5. Religion
    6. Fallout from Communism
  11. Chapter 3: Czech Characteristics
    1. The Czech Identity
    2. The Sum Of It All: Czech Pride
  12. Chapter 4: Socialising
    1. Meeting and Being Met
    2. Conversation
    3. Czech Impressions of Others
    4. Social Organisation
    5. Family and Life Cycle
    6. Being Invited to Someone’s Home
    7. Inviting Czechs to Your Home
    8. Dining Etiquette
    9. Wedding Traditions
  13. Chapter 5: Settling In
    1. Housing
    2. Prague by District
    3. General Standards
    4. Property Ownership
    5. Utilities
    6. Legal Documents for Living and Working
    7. Schools
    8. Pets
    9. Money
    10. Taxation
    11. Insurance
    12. Health
    13. Crime and Security
    14. Support Groups and Home Help
    15. Information Sources
    16. The Expatriate Community
    17. Daily Necessities
    18. Food Shopping
    19. Household Furnishings
    20. Gifts
    21. Recycling
    22. Transportation
    23. Media
    24. Postal Services
    25. Telecommunications
    26. Public Toilets
    27. Laundry Services
  14. Chapter 6: Eating and Drinking
    1. The Daily Meals
    2. The Order of the Meal
    3. Snacks
    4. Seasonal Specialities
    5. Drinking
    6. Eating and Drinking Out: Pubs and Restaurants
  15. Chapter 7: Entertainment and Culture
    1. The Arts in the Czech Lands
    2. Concert Life
    3. Other Cultural Spots
    4. Films
    5. Sports and Leisure
    6. Cultural and Traditional Calendar Events
    7. Prague Lore: Folk Tales and Semi-truths
    8. Brief Travel Guide to the Czech Republic
  16. Chapter 8: Communicating
    1. Language
    2. Learning Czech
    3. The Czech Language
    4. Conjugation of Verbs
    5. Declension of Nouns, Pronouns and Adjectives
    6. Numbers
    7. Formal and Informal Speech
    8. The Beauty Of It
    9. Slang and Swearing
    10. Body Language
    11. Standards of Appearance
  17. Chapter 9: Doing Business
    1. A Few Starters
    2. Money
    3. The Indirect Approach
    4. Other Extremes
    5. Getting the Job Done
    6. Beating the System
    7. Negotiating
    8. Formal and Legal Matters
    9. Business Functions
    10. Business Formalities
  18. Chapter 10: Fast Facts about Czech Republic
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Author
  25. Index