Looking for better ways to communicate across cultures and specific country-by-country advice? We hope you find these books useful! They are recommended for Americans going abroad or dealing with international students and colleagues.
Brit-Think, Ameri-Think: A Transatlantic Survival GuideJane Walmsley
Hilariously apt look at two nations divided by a common language.
Miller maintains Europeans are the way they are due to their many centuries of rigid class structure, as well as an incredibly violent and hate-filled history, while Americans are an unusual people, molded by a Puritan ethic that all people are friends before God.
Cultural misunderstandings: the French-American experience
Excellent look at difference in U.S. and French conversation styles.
Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam
Opening chapter on “States of Mind” examines the linguistic and cultural differences that led to U.S. woe in Vietnam. Much of the information is broadly applicable to Asia and even small villages everywhere.
Do’s & Taboos Around the World
Roger E. Axtell
Helps executives and tourists avoid missteps and misunderstandings. Terrific analysis of weaknesses of American English, including the seven deadliest sins:
- local color
Also in this series:
Kiss, Bow, or Shake Hands: How to Do Business in Sixty Countries
Written by executives who prepare other executives for international travel. The introduction discusses cognitive styles, value systems and negotiation strategies in different cultures, explaining how delicate they make the process of intercultural relations.
A Journey of One’s Own (Second Edition): Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler
Excellent practical advice in chapter called “Getting to know new cultures.”
Gender and Discourse
Scholarly guide that looks at differences in how men and women communicate in many cultures, including Greece, Japan, Madagascar and United States. Makes point that most people communicate indirectly.
The Travelers’ Guide series
Good basic information on how to converse, dine, tip, drive, bargain, dress, make friends and conduct business. Titles available:
The Traveler’s Guide to Asian Customs and Manners: How to Converse, Dine, Tip, Drive, Bargain, Dress, Make Friends, and Conduct Business While Asia
The Travelers’ Guide to African Customs & Manners: How to converse, dine, tip, drive, bargain, dress, make friends, and conduct business while in sub-Saharan Africa
The German Way and additional Passport titles look at behavior, food, etc.
The Hispanic Way
The German Way
The Italian Way
The Japanese Way The Russian Way: Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs of the Russians (Language – Russian)
Lonely Planet guidebooks
Each of nearly 200 guidebooks contains “Facts about the Country: Culture” with useful information.
The Culture Shock! series
55 titles examining in depth customs, business practices, meals and driving.
The Trans-Cultural Study Guide
Hundreds of thought-provoking questions designed to help the reader systematically study a foreign culture.