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CultureShock! France

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CultureShock! France peels away the layers of the French and their country to reveal the heart of the Gallic temperament. The book navigates through essential topics such as learning the French language, how best to work with the French, observing their body language and even how to choose wine in a restaurant. Discover how easily the French recognise a foreigner just by the way their salad and pasta are eaten and learn how to avoid being the object of their criticism. CultureShock! France is a must-read guide to all the essential information needed for one to feel right at home in France.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Map of France
  8. Chapter 1: First Impressions
    1. Learning to Understand (and Love) the French
    2. Being Someone
    3. Giving and Getting Directions —The First Dance
  9. Chapter 2: From the Celts to Rollerblades
    1. The Circles of French Life
    2. The Early French
    3. Some Recent History
  10. Chapter 3: Stereotypes and Beyond—The Public French
    1. Skin Deep
    2. Stereotypes about the French
    3. Beyond the Gauls & Franks
    4. How the French See...
    5. Beyond Stereotypes—French Values and Traditions You’ll Need to Learn Early
  11. Chapter 4: Fitting into the French Way of Life
    1. Shopping—The Perpetual Temptation
    2. Food Shopping
    3. Clothes Shopping
    4. Dressing the Chanel Way
    5. Non-verbal Communication
    6. The Family Cycle of Life
    7. Being a Guest in a French House
    8. Being a Good Guest
    9. The Psychology of Cultural Adjustment
    10. Going Home... It Is harder Than You Think.
  12. Chapter 5: Settling In
    1. Bureaucracy
    2. Visas and Work Permits
    3. Renting
    4. Making Your Home Among the French
    5. Managing at Home in France
    6. Children and their Adjustments
    7. Education in France
    8. As a University Student in France
    9. Student Housing
    10. French Student Protests
    11. Private Telephone & Data Services
    12. Public Phones
    13. The Colour of Money
    14. Opening a Bank Account
    15. Health Care and Social Services
    16. Getting Around Town
    17. Taxis
    18. Private Transportation
    19. Cycling
    20. Public Transportation
  13. Chapter 6: Restaurants and Wine— French Essentials
    1. Le Café—Everyday Fare in Paris
    2. Why Businesses Close for Lunch
    3. Refined Dining and the Food Mystique
    4. Wine and its Part in French Life
    5. Telling Wines Apart
  14. Chapter 7: The Greatest Arts of France
    1. Cuisine & Character by Pays
    2. The Other Arts
    3. The Year’s Holidays and Seasons
  15. Chapter 8: Parlez-vous Français?
    1. The Art of Conversation
    2. Silence Preserves
    3. Conversational Confrontations With Strangers—Three Rules
    4. In France Try to Speak French
    5. Thinking Like the French
    6. Faux Amis
    7. Apprendre!
  16. Chapter 9: Working in France
    1. Office and Business Relationships
    2. The Business Lunch
    3. Establishing a Business in France
    4. Reverse Culture Shock—Back at the Home Office
  17. Chapter 10: Fast Facts about France
  18. Culture Quiz
  19. Do’s and Don’ts
  20. Glossary
  21. Resource Guide
  22. Further Reading
  23. About the Author
  24. Index