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ERIC Number: ED140621
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
German-Speaking People of Europe.
Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT. Language Research Center.
This book attempts to provide cultural information which will enable an American to communicate effectively with German-speaking people of Europe. The book discusses differences between American and Germanic culture in such areas as food, laws, customs, religion, language, dress, and basic attitudes. Background information is given on Austria, Germany, and Switzerland and on the characteristics of their people. Problems in intercultural communication are presented via situations built around such themes as: the concept of time, attitudes toward knowledge, formality, individual pride and sense of privacy. Facial expressions and gestures are also discussed. Short cultural notes on such topics as shopping and holidays are followed by "survival phrases" and a translation of common signs, clothing sizes, and weights and measures. A brief bibliography completes the volume. (AM)
Descriptors: American Culture, Communication Problems, Communication (Thought Transfer), Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Education, Cultural Influences, Culture Conflict, Culture Contact, German, Language Instruction
Brigham Young University, Language and Intercultural Research Center, 240 B-34, Provo, Utah 84602 ($2.00 plus $0.25 postage).
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT. Language Research Center.