Au Contraire! Figuring Out The French by Gilles Asselin

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Au Contraire! Figuring Out The French by  Gilles Asselin

Au Contraire! Figuring Out The French by Gilles Asselin (Author), Ruth Mastron (Author)
Publisher: Intercultural Press; 1st edition (January 1, 2001) | ISBN-10: 187786482X | PDF | 0,7 Mb | 305 pages

This book was insightful, rich, honest, and interesting. I could not put it down! This book is definetly worth buying, even if you are not interested in the french particularly. As someone with a french background, and french grandparents, this book makes me appreciate my heritage just a little more.
Although this book was written before the current political crisis that strained relations between France and the United States, it provides excellent general advice for everyone traveling between the two countries. It gives a fair assessment of both cultures and urges the visiter to adopt an open mind and leave cultural baggage and prejudice at home. I spent almost two years planning our recent 3 week trip throughout France and studying the language (which as the authors say is a must). It is arrogant to expect that people in any other country will automatically speak your language. Why should they? Everywhere we went people were reserved, as we expected, but courteous and helpful and sometimes quite friendly. I agree with the authors that the key to good relations and living, working or vacationing in another country, France in this case, is to learn "their" history, culture and language and embrace the differences. I recommend this book highly.

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