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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Kuperard (Aug. 4 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857334833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857334838
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 1.3 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Culture Smart! has come to the rescue of hapless travellers, Sunday Times Travel - ...the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries, Global Travel - ...full of fascinating, as well as common sense, tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas, Observer - useful as they are entertaining, Easy Jet Magazine - ...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world, New York Times.

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By Travel Lady on Oct. 13 2014
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My friend and I have both read it to help us not to do any cultural blunders. Very informative.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Tanzania March 23 2010
By G. Ritter - Published on
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This small book is a wealth of information for someone who wants to learn everything from about how to conduct themselves in Tanzania to the health, religions,and concerns of the Tanzanian people. It is a must for anyone traveling there, either for business or recreation. It can be tucked into a purse or large pocket(6x4)for easy reference. The book is exactly what it says on the cover - Tanzania the essential guide to customs and culture. A Must!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Either the source or the perpetrator... Oct. 6 2011
By M. R. Wallace - Published on
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I have found that entire sections of this book match passages from the website of Canada's Centre for Intercultural Learning ([...] I do not know which side committed the crime but I read in the review for Culture Smart - India that there were passages taken verbatim from another book. That is two strikes against the CultureSmart series. The book is well-organized and easy to read so I gave it three stars since it is easier than reading 100 different websites and books, however they should have at least changed the wording!! This is something I would expect out of a lazy college freshman.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great little book April 21 2011
By Daniel Dorr - Published on
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Great intro to Tanzania's culture. Not only does the author give you great insights and examples of Tanzania's culture, but also connects it to specific examples in history. I wish I had read this book before going to Tanzania as I probably would have changed my travel plans. After reading more about the culture I would love to have visited a few other places besides Kilimanjaro and the safari parks. Short, easy read you can easily finish on a long flight.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
appears to be plagiarized April 9 2012
By Benjamin Crowell - Published on
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This book appears to be plagiarized, either in whole or in part. If you compare with the Canadian Government web site at, you will immediately be struck by passages that are identical or extremely closely paraphrased. Here's an example: "Foreigners are particularly appreciated when they make an effort to learn and use Swahili in their conversations. Tanzanians have a particular pride about Swahili, their national language, since it is the lingua franca of the country and is not a European language left as a legacy of colonisation. In general, Tanzanians will appreciate this legacy of the time when Julius Nyerere was president whether or not they agree with his philosophies or his government."

Tanzania - Culture Smart: "Foreigners gain immediate respect when they make an effort to learn and use Swahili. Tanzanians are particularly proud of their national language, since it is the lingua franca of the country and is not a remnant of European colonization. In general, Tanzanians appreciate this bequest from Julius Nyerere, whether or not they agree with his philosophy or his government."
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Quick, easy read. Very useful for culture and history. July 18 2011
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I purchased this book aobut a month before my recent trip to Tanzania. The information in this book is helpful in understanding the people and their culture. The locals appreciated that we had some knowledge of the customs and history. One of the useful facts in this book, is that Tanzanians find it insulting if you hand them items with your left hand. The respectful way, is with your right hand. This was particularly useful to my husband - a lefty. He was very cognisant of using his right hand to pay, gesture, etc. It also provides a good insight into the politcal history of the region, which you will find useful when traversing the region. I highly recommend this book to anyone traveling to Tanzania or anyone interested in learning more about the country. It is a quick and easy read.