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Turkey - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
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Turkey - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture [Kindle Edition]

Charlotte Mcpherson

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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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Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.

Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include

* customs, values, and traditions
* historical, religious, and political background
* life at home
* leisure, social, and cultural life
* eating and drinking
* do's, don'ts, and taboos
* business practices
* communication, spoken and unspoken

"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." Easyjet Magazine

"...offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world." New York Times

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1684 KB
  • Print Length: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Kuperard; Reprinted edition edition (June 8 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003P9VOGM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price for the new traveler to Turkey Nov. 5 2010
By D. D. LeDu - Published on
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My wife and I have been to Turkey five times. In 2010 and 2011 we spent two months each in central and eastern Turkey. We have learned some Turkish and a smattering of Kurdish. For our purposes, we found this book useful.

It was not so much that it taught us how to act, but it helped us understand much that we observed and experienced. We spent much of our time in Kurdish areas, but the book was equally enlightening there.

One shortcoming is that the book does not delve into the intricacies of dealing with both Turks and Kurds. We sometimes inadvertantly made mistakes, such as asking a Turk if he were Kurdish, or saying "thank you" in Turkish while in a 100% Kurdish village, or later saying "thank you" in Kurdish to a Turk.

This book is most appropriate to the west, particularly Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. Nevertheless, I know of no other book that is as helpful, and I recommend it to anyone who intends to leave the predominately tourist areas.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for Your Turkish Visit - Critical Insight into Turks Sept. 26 2013
By D/San Antonio - Published on
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Living in a multi cultural city and having worked work for foreign corporations have given us an understanding of other cultures and countries. This book digs into the culture of Turkey in ways often ignored by the usual tour book. The usual laundry list of restaurants, sultans, wars, hotels, etc., etc. is not the sole focus of this book. There is certainly a lot of hard information and some historical background included to shed light on the Turkish people. The meat of this book is get in the heads of the Turks you will encounter on vacation or living in Turkey. From broad cultural principles to simple facial gestures the book is a great guide. My trip to Turkey is coming soon, so I cannot compare the book to the trip. However, the author gave a lot of little tips like those that have helped me with other foreign travel and international work experiences. Happy I made the purchase and would recommend.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential for travels June 19 2008
By David J. Powell - Published on
If you are a casual traveler to Turkey or a serious one, these books are essential to read, to know the customs and habits of the country. It is not only useful, it is a courtesy you should show to ever country you step foot on their soil. We'd want people visiting America to know about us what this book tells us about Turkey. Read it, absorb it, and follow it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, easy reading April 2 2014
By Nonna - Published on
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This is exactly what I needed for my first trip to Turkey. It is concise, easy to read, entertaining and informative. You can thumb through it or read the entire book in an afternoon. I highly recommend this book for a first time visitor to Turkey.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive March 15 2014
By Bonita Preston - Published on
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Excellent book, was very helpful. Gave a comprehensive examination of cultural differences across many areas of life. When visiting Istanbul, I could clearly see many of the behaviors discussed, and the book helped me conduct myself in a courteous and culturally sensitive manner.

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