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When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do: The Clued-in Guide to German Life, Language and Culture (When In... Do as the Locals Do) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

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1. Juli 2002 When In... Do as the Locals Do
Enjoy Germany and its culture without feeling like a Dummkopf. Do you want to blend in when visiting Berlin? To feel like you belong in Bavaria? "When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do" makes it simple! If you long to navigate the narrow streets of an Alpine village unnoticed or go to a movie in Munich without turning heads, transform yourself from a typical tourist into a connoisseur of culture. With this crash course in German customs and heritage, you'll avoid embarrassing blunders and enrich your travel experience. Packed with almost one hundred articles, this handy collection of cultural dos and don'ts covers a broad range of topics, including food, art, pop culture, politics, business, entertainment, home life, history, and education. In these pages, you'll find authoritative answers to questions such as: At a restaurant, should I find my own table or wait to be seated? What is a suitable topic for small talk with a stranger in Germany? Are gas stations open on Sundays? What Goethe novel swept the world in the 1770s? Where do Germans get their fascination with the American Wild West? Can I use an ATM card in Germany? With light-hearted quizzes, cool Internet addresses, and up-to-date insights into all aspects of German culture, "When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do" will delight everyone from students and tourists to armchair travelers and trivia buffs.

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  • Taschenbuch: 176 Seiten
  • Verlag: Mcgraw-Hill Publ.Comp. (1. Juli 2002)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0844225533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844225531
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,9 x 14 x 0,9 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 34.122 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Enjoy Germany and its culture without feeling like a Dummkopf. Do you want to blend in when visiting Berlin? To feel like you belong in Bavaria? "When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do" makes it simple! If you long to navigate the narrow streets of an Alpine village unnoticed or go to a movie in Munich without turning heads, transform yourself from a typical tourist into a connoisseur of culture. With this crash course in German customs and heritage, you'll avoid embarrassing blunders and enrich your travel experience. Packed with almost one hundred articles, this handy collection of cultural dos and don'ts covers a broad range of topics, including food, art, pop culture, politics, business, entertainment, home life, history, and education. In these pages, you'll find authoritative answers to questions such as: At a restaurant, should I find my own table or wait to be seated? What is a suitable topic for small talk with a stranger in Germany? Are gas stations open on Sundays? What Goethe novel swept the world in the 1770s? Where do Germans get their fascination with the American Wild West? Can I use an ATM card in Germany?

With light-hearted quizzes, cool Internet addresses, and up-to-date insights into all aspects of German culture, "When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do" will delight everyone from students and tourists to armchair travelers and trivia buffs.

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Enjoy Germany and its culture without feeling like a Dummkopf

Do you want to blend in when visiting Berlin? To feel like you belong in Bavaria? When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do makes it simple! If you long to navigate the narrow streets of an Alpine village unnoticed or go to a movie in Munich without turning heads, transform yourself from a typical tourist into a connoisseur of culture. With this crash course in German customs and heritage, you'll avoid embarrassing blunders and enrich your travel experience.

Packed with almost one hundred articles, this handy collection of cultural dos and don'ts covers a broad range of topics, including food, art, pop culture, politics, business, entertainment, home life, history, and education. In these pages, you'll find authoritative answers to questions such as:

  • At a restaurant, should I find my own table or wait to be seated?
  • What is a suitable topic for small talk with a stranger in Germany?
  • Are gas stations open on Sundays?
  • What Goethe novel swept the world in the 1770s?
  • Where do Germans get their fascination with the American Wild West?
  • Can I use an ATM card in Germany?

With light-hearted quizzes, cool Internet addresses, and up-to-date insights into all aspects of German culture, When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do will delight everyone from students and tourists to armchair travelers and trivia buffs.


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2.0 von 5 Sternen Gut geschrieben, schlecht recherchiert 17. September 2006
Von Alexander
Format:Taschenbuch
Der Autor schafft es in recht kurzweiliger Form, dem Deutschland-Neuling ein z.T. recht akkurates Bild zu vermitteln. Einige Aspekte (z.B. die gerade für einen Amerikaner recht schwer verständliche, gespaltene Einstellung der Deutschen zum Patriotismus) sind m.E. sehr treffend beschrieben.

Auf der anderen Seite schreibt Mr. Flippo zu manchen Themen Dinge, die daran zweifeln lassen, ob man ihn tatsächlich als "Insider" bezüglich deutscher Lebensgewohnheiten betrachten kann. Zwei Beispiele:

Wer behauptet, dass es in Deutschland als ineffizient gilt, Überstunden zu leisten, der hat in den letzten fünfzehn Jahren keinen Fuss mehr in ein modernes deutsches Unternehmen gesetzt. Es ist vielmehr der Regelfall, dass ab einer bestimmten Stufe eine Mindestanzahl von Überstunden geradezu vorausgesetzt wird. Wer weniger arbeitet, gilt nicht als effizient, sondern schlichtweg als faul.

Geradezu grotesk ist Mr. Flippos Behauptung, dass die in Deutschland üblichen Kreditlaufzeiten von 5-10 Jahren dazu führen, dass das Eigenheim für viele Deutsche schwer finanzierbar ist (im Gegensatz zu den USA, wo die Kredite i.d.R. 30 Jahre und länger laufen). Glaubt Mr. Flippo denn wirklich, dass wir in Deutschland unsere Häuser in 5-10 Jahren abbezahlen ? Da hat er wohl Zinsbindungsfrist und Finanzierungslaufzeit verwechselt. Natürlich ist der Hausbau in Deutschland teuer und für viele kaum erschwinglich, was aber primär mit den Grundstückspreisen und der aufwendigen Bauweise zu tun hat.

Mein Fazit: stellenweise recht unterhaltsam, aber gerade für jemanden, der sich einen realistischen Eindruck der deutschen Gesellschaft verschaffen möchte, zu schlecht recherchiert. Also: When writing a book about Germany, have it proof-read by someone who actually lives there.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Oberflächliche Irreführung 30. Juli 2007
Format:Taschenbuch
Ich habe mir dieses Buch aus Interesse daran gekauft, was wohl an der deutschen Gesellschaft so wissenwertes dran ist für Amerikaner und Briten. Im Nachhinein bereuhe ich den Kauf, da dieses Buch nicht weiter ist als eine Erweiterung von bestehenden Klichees. Meines Erachtens nach hat der Autor nicht die geringste Ahnung von Deutschland. So ist dieses Buch leider nicht dazu geeignet Vorurteile auszumerzen und einen Blick auf das Deutschtum zu ermöglichen, sondern bedient sich über lange Strecken dieser Vorurteile und wird so wohl eher schädlich sein für den Ruf der Deutschen im Ausland.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Herrliches "Spiegel vorhalten" 23. Mai 2006
Von Michael Kleerbaum TOP 1000 REZENSENT
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
Teilweise sehr lustig zu lesen, teilweise stimmen die Texte über uns Deutsche sehr nachdenklich. Der Autor hat es geschafft, über gewisse Aspekte unseres "Deutschseins" so zu berichten, das man unwillkürlich den Spiegel sieht, den er einem dort unbeabsichtig (das Buch ist ja primär für US-Amerikaner und Engländer geschrieben) hingehalten hat. Obwohl man im täglichen Leben darüber eigentlich nie nachgedacht hat, hält man hier den Atem an und denkt: Da hat er recht!

Ok, es trifft wohl nicht auf alles zu. Vor allem ist Winnetous bester Freund nicht Old Firehand. Aber ich bin beeindruckt über die Fülle von Themen und Inhalten, die der Autor zwar kurz, aber sehr gut erklärt hat und ich bin sicher, das der US-amerikanische und britische Leser am Ende der Lektüre um einige Vorurteile ärmer und um eine Menge an Wissen über Deutschland und wie wir Deutsche sind reicher sein wird.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wie ein Ausländer Deutschland betrachtet 31. August 2007
Von Rezensent
Format:Taschenbuch
Es ist immer sehr interessant zu lesen, wie ein Ausländer Deutschland betrachtet, insbesonders ist die Sicht der US-Amerikaner interessant, nachdem diese aus einem weit entfernten Land kommen,
welches heute die verbliebene Ordnungsmacht der Welt ist, und alle US-Amerikaner, wie alle Angehörige einer gemeinsamen Staatskultur, in ihrem Denken sehr ähnlich geprägt sind, egal ob volksbritische US-Bürger der US-Unterklasse, der US-Oberklasse, und damit auch jene im Weißen Haus.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Those Surprising, Never Boring German Ways 22. Juli 2002
Von Ron Hunka - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"When in Germany, Do as the Germans Do"
Hyde Flippo
ISBN 0-8442-2553-3
Hyde Flippo has written another interesting book about German ways, for Americans planning to go to Germany. It is a good follow-up to "The German Way". Sometimes writers of travel books try to provide insights that turn out to be misleading. Mr. Flippo, however, is neither travel writer nor dilettante and seems to know Germany well.
The book begins with a series of questions to test one's knowledge of things German. Despite having once lived in Germany, having traveled there several times recently, and being particularly interested in the German language and culture, out of the first ten questions, I could answer only three correctly.
The German washing machine is a case in point. Any American who has ever tried to do laundry at a German laundromat has discovered differences in the process. For starters, there hardly are any German laundromats. Next, a German washing machine may have a two-hour wash cycle, it uses hotter water, since it heats its own, and it spins the laundry to a near dry state.
Regarding the German language, Mr. Flippo cites a number of English sounding words commonly in use that Germans think are English words, which are not. A couple of examples are "die Basecap" which means "baseball cap", and "der Talkmaster", which refers to a "talk show host".
Flippo touches on other "Germanisms" which I have encountered. One is the idea that drinking tap water is unhealthy and should be avoided. A waitress I encountered in Austria explained that although it was okay for Americans to drink tap water that it was not good for Germans and Austrians. Germans tend to drink bottled mineral water, and asking for tap water, "das Leitungswasser", will not uncommonly be regarded as fairly strange behavior.
Another useful thing to know is that credit cards are not as universally accepted as they are in the U.S. Flippo warns that is best to never assume that a restaurant will accept your credit card. The same is true for smaller hotels and accommodations. As evidence, Flippo points out that although France has a population of about 58 million and Germany 82 million, 250,000 less locations in Germany accept credit cards.
One of the most entertaining chapters in the book is about household garbage in Germany. One is not allowed to simply put anything in one's garbage can. There are strict local rules for the separation of the various types of waste. Glass waste is not to be mixed with biodegradable waste, for example. Break the rules, and your garbage does not get picked up. By the way, the garbage disposal is not to be found in Germany, and it is in fact illegal, due to pollution considerations.
Despite previous familiarity with Germany, I acquired new information from this book and very much enjoyed reading it. Hopefully, in the future, Hyde Flippo will tell me some more that I do not know about the German-speaking world.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Primer but NOT an Authoritative Guide to German Life 6. Juli 2003
Von book worm - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
I wish I could give this book a five start like the other reviewers, but I cannot due to my recent experience using this book in Germany.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a quick and entertaining introduction to German Life, Language, and Culture. But to someone who has already been to Germany, has an understanding of Deutsche Kultur, and/or is studying German I would recommend keeping an open mind to how limiting this book can be. Let me elaborate:
While the book does a superb job of starting with a quiz (and most Germans love quizes) and provides the quiz answers in the back, has supporting articles and web-sites throughout the book, and even has a map of the 16 Budesländer (federated States) it comes short of being Comprehensive or Authoritative.
What I had found when I used this book (quiz) with my friends and relatives in Germany is that:
a) Some answers may be debatable (section on 'Do As the Germans Do' and 'Know What the Germans Know').
b) Some statistics may have changed (section on 'Time,' 'Quantity' and 'Laws and Regulations') since the time Hyde Flippo wrote the respective articles.
In real life, Germans as a people are not as homogeneous as they come across when answering the quiz questions and reading the articles in this book. Many Germans identify first with the region (Bundesland) where they live in. Each region has their own traditions, festivals, and many time different public religious holidays (like the Catholic states in the southern part vs. the Protestant States central/northern Germany). As such, someone from Thüringen will answer some questions differently than someone from Berlin or someone from Hamburg. Nevertheless the sections on 'People,' 'Places' 'What's That?' are invaluable to anyone.
A companion book that I would recommend is Richard Lord's "Culture Shock - Germany, A Guide to Customes and Etiquette."
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Nice stories but it reinforces stereotypes and urban legends 21. Februar 2006
Von Norman Rockwell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
I have lived in Germany for more than 20 years and am currently residing in the United States.

I bought this book as a gift for a friend. Browsing through it myself I found that some things pointed out in the book are on-spot (for example the "Sie und Du" section on how to address people, or insights on dining out).

However, some things covered in the book describe a Germany of 100 years ago (the "Hauptmann von Koepenick" episode, while factually correct, fails to point out that today's Germany fortunately has little resemblance to the Prussian-style military culture of yore described here).

And the chapter on "Kehrwoche" - purportedly an institution of cleaning the hallway in front of one's apartment - is an urban legend to me. Visitors to the town of Stuttgart have told me that they heard of people subjected to such neighborhood rituals. But in all my years in Germany I have never had anybody confirm such facts to me so it is a regional oddity at best. And again the author fails to put this into proper context, thus making today's Germans seem like some cleanliness-and-orderliness-obsessed oddballs to a much greater degree than they deserve.

So while there is some truth in all hyperbole I encourage you to buy a book written by somebody who has seen more than one or two cities and who has been to Germany recently.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Funny book! 24. März 2003
Von richter - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
I truely had a lot of fun ready this book about Germans and German customs. I am myself German but I lived quite many years in foreign countries and read a lot of literature about other countries and there inhabitants. And I always wanted to read something about how others view the Germans. And I must say it was very amusing and the informations are realistic. And I recommended it to my friends, Germans and Non-Germans, as a good lecture. Everyone who can pass the test is really good prepared for staying in Germany. I must admit, that I could not answer everything correctly, but that way I even learned some interesting facts about my country, too.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Undertones of disdain towards the German culture 22. Oktober 2006
Von A. Kimsey - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
Having lived in Germany for a year now, I decided to finally flip through this book, given to me as a parting gift in April 2005. As I read, I was appalled at Mr. Flippo's seeming dislike for Germans. The book is more of a warning for all the traveling American's to be on their guard rather than an informative guide. My favorite quote is, "This "pushy" behavior is not limited to Germans. It's a European thing" (p.31). This extraordinary generalization is quickly followed by the warning that you must either bring your own shopping bags or purchase one in a German grocery store and, as stated by Flippo, "to add insult to injury, you usually have to bag your own groceries". Gee, reducing waste by encouraging the reuse of shopping bags and keeping prices low by simply putting your Müsli in your own bag instead of hiring some prepubescent bag boy to do it for you is a pure abomination and should be henceforth considered "insult to injury" (I'm hoping you're noting my sarcasm). The book continues in this fashion, with hardly a bright comment to be had about this amazing culture. The only reason I'm giving this two stars instead on one is because the author does have a few nuggets of truth and interesting observations woven within his cleverly placed one-liner biases. If you still purchase this book, remember to read critically and differentiate opinion from facts.
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