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Living in the USA [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Jef C. Davis , Alison Raymond Lanier
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3. Februar 2005
Living in the U.S.A., has for many years provided the sojourner with just the information and advice needed to deal with the expected and the unexpected. Now, under Davies' skilled editorship, this sixth edition continues in that tradition. Living in the U.S.A. is a concise but comprehensive guide to attitudes, customs, manners and daily life in the United States. It is factual but lively, educational but not pedantic, informative but not prescriptive. Short-term visitors to the U.S. will find advice for, among many other things, doing business, understanding American behaviour, and obtaining health care. Those who stay longer will find practical pointers for getting along at work, in school, at home, even at the supermarket and the bank; for meeting new friends; and for enjoying their leisure time. In fact, there is practical advice on almost anything that might occur during a sojourn in the States

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  • Taschenbuch: 243 Seiten
  • Verlag: Nicholas Brealey Pub; Auflage: Enlarged. (3. Februar 2005)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1931930198
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931930192
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,8 x 15,4 x 2 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 279.985 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Living in the U.S.A., has for many years provided the sojourner with just the information and advice needed to deal with the expected and the unexpected. Now, under Davies' skilled editorship, this sixth edition continues in that tradition. Living in the U.S.A. is a concise but comprehensive guide to attitudes, customs, manners and daily life in the United States. It is factual but lively, educational but not pedantic, informative but not prescriptive. Short-term visitors to the U.S. will find advice for, among many other things, doing business, understanding American behaviour, and obtaining health care. Those who stay longer will find practical pointers for getting along at work, in school, at home, even at the supermarket and the bank; for meeting new friends; and for enjoying their leisure time. In fact, there is practical advice on almost anything that might occur during a sojourn in the States

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Most popular guide to living in the U.S. , updated
Now in its fifth edition, this book offers practical, "how-to" advice on settling in and finding one's way about in the United States, along with interpretations of American lifestyles that help make the foreigner's first encounters easier and more comprehensible.

"Living in the U.S.A." is widely used in ESL classrooms and by corporations, as well as by international organizations and other governmental and nongovernmental agencies. Sprinkled with American idioms, this book is a delightful way to both teach American English and orient the newcomer to life in the U.S.

From Terrence P. Hannigan in the International Journal of Intercultural Relations: "...a fine guide for someone contemplating a visit to the U.S.A. or for someone who has recently arrived." -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen What Americans Do and Why 21. Dezember 2005
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Alison R. Lanier's book is part cultural explanation, designed to help those from other countries understand Americans, and part relocation guide, offering practical advice ranging from food customs to how to select a good school. The book, which anticipates newcomers' needs and helps ease their transitions, is more than a guidebook; it's a training manual. Intercultural expert Jef C. Davis, who updated this sixth edition, explains how post-9/11 aftershocks have changed things for visitors from abroad. He includes useful advice on cooperating with airport security, staying safe in major cities and complying with immigration regulations. Davis realizes that, due to its cultural and ethnic diversity, America tends to elude effective characterization. The book also offers information on some groups within U.S. society, from Native Americans and Asian Americans to gays, retirees and the disabled. One small caveat: the sobriquet "American" should rightly include folks from Canada and all of South and Latin America, grammatically if not in common social exchange. U.S. citizens are Americans, indeed, but hardly the only ones. Such petty Yanks aside, we like this useful, time-tested presentation of logistical and cultural knowledge for making a new home in the U.S. Now about those sidewalks paved with gold...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Ist OK 8. Januar 2013
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Es hat viel info über den Alltag in USA, aber die nicht sehr konkret und detaillierte ist. Das Buch ist gut als Ratgeber, aber es fehlt Details und auch Unterschiede zwischen die verschiedene Staaten.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen What Americans Do and Why 21. Dezember 2005
Von Rolf Dobelli - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Alison R. Lanier's book is part cultural explanation, designed to help those from other countries understand Americans, and part relocation guide, offering practical advice ranging from food customs to how to select a good school. The book, which anticipates newcomers' needs and helps ease their transitions, is more than a guidebook; it's a training manual. Intercultural expert Jef C. Davis, who updated this sixth edition, explains how post-9/11 aftershocks have changed things for visitors from abroad. He includes useful advice on cooperating with airport security, staying safe in major cities and complying with immigration regulations. Davis realizes that, due to its cultural and ethnic diversity, America tends to elude effective characterization. The book also offers information on some groups within U.S. society, from Native Americans and Asian Americans to gays, retirees and the disabled. One small caveat: the sobriquet "American" should rightly include folks from Canada and all of South and Latin America, grammatically if not in common social exchange. U.S. citizens are Americans, indeed, but hardly the only ones. Such petty Yanks aside, we like this useful, time-tested presentation of logistical and cultural knowledge for making a new home in the U.S. Now about those sidewalks paved with gold...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The ideal guide for recent emigrants and new visitors to the United States 5. August 2005
Von Midwest Book Review - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Now in a completely updated and revised sixth edition, Living In The USA rightly continues to be regarded as the ideal guide for recent emigrants and new visitors to the United States, a country which has undergone substantive changes in the last five years since the events of September 11, 2001. This comprehensive, 243-page guide is now enhanced with timely information on American subcultures (including Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans, retirees, gays and lesbians, as well as the disabled), contemporary American social and political issues (including the rise of religious fundamentalism and the tensions between security issues and personal liberties), rapidly changing immigration rules, conditions, and American business conditions (including negotiation, life in the office, and time spent at work). From American values, to American social and civic life, to money, medical care, food customs, communications, housing, child care, education, privacy, and so much more, Living In The USA covers everything the newly arrived need to know whether they intend to stay a week, a year, or a lifetime.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen very helpful, though slightly biased, guide for newcomers 28. Februar 2012
Von G. Hoge - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is a tremendously useful reference tool for newcomers to America. It is almost like two books in one: a how-to guide describing the nuts and bolts of settling into a life in the United States, and a cultural anthropology attempting to explain what it's like to live here, amidst the "native" Americans.

There are two minor downsides to the practical parts of the book. One, they are a little bit dated. Again and again, readers are directed to consult printed matter (newspapers, bulletins, etc.) for further information. The Internet is acknowledged, but its usefulness as a source of information is given short shrift. I'm reluctant to label this as a "fault," but rather an indication of just how much the Internet has transformed our lives in just the few short years since this book was published. No doubt a 7th Edition, if one is in the works, will take care of this minor shortcoming.

The other minor quibble is that, though the book tries to be comprehensive, it does tend to focus on what life is like in our major cities. Life in the suburbs is not as regularly mentioned, and rural life is almost entirely overlooked. There is a logic to this, insofar as new immigrants traditionally come to the cities first, and only later (if at all) branch out to the suburbs. However, this urban focus should be noted by any reader who is intending to make their home in the suburbs, or especially in the countryside.

As for the "what Americans are like" parts . . . the book tackles a variety of vexing political and social issues, trying to make sense of them for the benefit of an outsider. By and large, I think it does a good job of being evenhanded, describing the viewpoints of the various issues from both a liberal and a conservative perspective. The default mode does lean a bit left, though not overtly so.

HOWEVER . . . then there's the book's final chapter, intended to address post-9/11 concerns. Here the book takes a hard-left turn, reading more like something that Noam Chomsky might have written. Thus we have a section on the rise of Christian fundamentalism as a potential threat, while completely downplaying the concurrent (and, in my opinion, exponentially greater) risk posed by militant, fundamentalist Islam. We're told that Americans have become afraid of Muslims, as if this is an entirely unfounded and unwarranted prejudice that just cropped up out of the blue, for no apparent reason -- as opposed to a reaction, justified or not, to the undeniable fact that nearly all terrorist acts against the West are currently being committed by those claiming the name of Allah.

The idea of energy independence is presented as a choice of either despoiling our pristine wilderness areas by drilling for oil (which won't be sufficient anyway, we're told), or embracing wind, solar, hydro, and other "niche" sources of power. The reader is reminded that Americans make up only 4 percent of the world's population but consume 25 percent of its energy, the clear implication being that we're a bunch of selfish wastrels. Not that there's not some truth to that, but there's not even a hint that we use some of this "extra" energy to produce things (such as food, disaster relief, and military power) that we use for the benefit of others around the world, often at no cost to the beneficiaries.

It may seem odd that I've given so much attention to just one chapter out of many, but such is the jarringly negative impression it made on me, at the conclusion of an otherwise laudatory book. I still recommend the rest of the book, with the minor caveats mentioned above; but the final chapter ought to just be torn out and thrown away.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent reference for those who intend to live in the USA 27. Dezember 2007
Von Antonio C. Nolan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about living in the USA. A must-buy for those who intend to migrate to the Land of Opportunity. Best value for money.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Comprehensive and Practical 10. August 2012
Von Maegwen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I used this book as a basis to teach an American Culture class in China. The information was practical and informative. It was the best out of the three resources that I ended up with to draw from. This book would be helpful for those wishing to move to the US or for those just interested in a better understanding of American culture.
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