In this post, I would like to suggest a book series called “Culture Smart”. I’ve been reading it for the last months found it amazing! If you are the kind of person who loves learning about different languages, cultures and customs, I’m sure this book series will be a perfect match for you!
Culture Smart! guides are written for people who want more than just the nuts and bolts of where to stay, what to see, and how to travel. Short, sharp and humorous, they deal with the richly rewarding human dimension of foreign travel by telling you about the beliefs and attitudes of the people you will meet and about situations you may encounter. They help you to understand what makes people tick, the values they live by, and the kind of behaviour that will be reciprocated with goodwill and hospitality.
Each guide includes concise chapters on the local customs, traditions and values of the country’s inhabitants, and crucially, the key historical and cultural events that have shaped them. There are sections on social and business etiquette, tips on communication, both verbal and non-verbal, and advice on how to be a good guest.
For the authors, the idea of travelling overseas and operating in a foreign culture without an understanding of its idiosyncrasies, quirks and taboos is a bit like watching a movie in black and white: a little bit of insider knowledge and cultural know-how won’t just help to make sense of what you are seeing, it will enrich the experience to full color.
The authors’ aim is to arm readers with a level of cultural fluency, so that whatever their reason for travelling, each situation may be approached with both confidence and sensitivity.
Brief and thorough, the guides are designed so that they can be dipped into for quick reference as and when needed, or comfortably completed in a few sittings, affording you a comprehensive overview of what you’re getting yourself into before you have even taken off!
Written by long-term expats, journalists, professors and diplomats, Culture Smart! guides have been helping travellers be more than just tourists for over 20 years. With over 100 country guides to date, there are new titles and editions published every year.
If you are an immigrant in Canada like me, you should start from this one! You’ll learn everything you need about the Canadian culture and other important aspects, which will definitely help you to fit in and learn about the rich cultural variety that exists in the country. Click HERE to take a look inside.
You can also give it as a gift, so that your Canadian or foreign friends or partner can learn everything about your country of origin. You can find this and many other titles on Amazon’s website and read them through the Kindle App.
I hope you like this suggestion and enjoy the reading like me!