Au Contraire!

Figuring Out the French

Author: Gilles Asselin,Ruth Mastron

Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing

ISBN: 9781931930925

Category: Travel

Page: 308

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An indispensable guide to understanding French culture.

Au Contraire!

Figuring Out the French

Author: Gilles Asselin,Ruth Mastron

Publisher: Nicholas Brealey

ISBN: 0984247181

Category: Social Science

Page: 328

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An indispensable guide to understanding French culture.

Talk to the Snail

Ten Commandments for Understanding the French

Author: Stephen Clarke

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781596917439

Category: Travel

Page: 272

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Have you ever walked into a half-empty Parisian restaurant, only to be told that it's "complet"? Attempted to say "merci beaucoup" and accidentally complimented someone's physique? Been overlooked at the boulangerie due to your adherence to the bizarre foreign custom of waiting in line? Well, you're not alone. The internationally bestselling author of A Year in the Merde and In the Merde for Love has been there too, and he is here to help. In Talk to the Snail, Stephen Clarke distills the fruits of years spent in the French trenches into a truly handy (and hilarious) book of advice. Read this book, and find out how to get good service from the grumpiest waiter; be exquisitely polite and brutally rude at the same time; and employ the language of l'amour and le sexe. Everything you need is here in this funny, informative, and seriously useful guide to getting what you really want from the French.

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow

A Novel

Author: Faïza Guène

Publisher: HMH

ISBN: 054754118X

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

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A “touching, furious, sharp, and very funny” novel of an immigrant teenage girl finding her own identity in France (Booklist). The Paradise projects are only a few metro stops from Paris, but it feels like a different world. Doria’s father, aka the Beard, has headed back to their hometown in Morocco, leaving her and her mom to cope with their mektoub, their destiny, alone. They have a little help—from a social worker sent by the city, a psychiatrist sent by the school, and a thug friend who recites Rimbaud. It seems like fate has dealt them an impossible hand, but Doria might still make a new life—“with bravado, humor, and a healthy dose of rage” (St. Petersburg Times). “[A] sassy, spunky tale . . . Doria has what it takes to storm any barricade.” —The Hartford Courant “[Doria is] as likable as Holden Caulfield or Prep’s Lee Fiora. Readers will cheer. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal, starred review “A promising addition to the world’s literary voices.” —The Miami Herald “Moving and irreverent, sad and funny, full of rage and intelligence. Her voice is fresh, and her book a delight.” —Laila Lalami, bestselling author of The Moor’s Account

Study Abroad Paris

Your Complete Guide to an Amazing Study Abroad Experience

Author: John Chrisman,Audrey Queyreyre

Publisher: Angevin Llc

ISBN: 9780977432394

Category: Education

Page: 528

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From its predeparture advice to its extensive coverage of daily life issues, this guide covers everything students need to know to adapt quickly to their new life in Paris and get the most out of their experience as an international student and resident. In addition to serving as a complete how-to manual for study abroad—addressing financial, housing, insurance, packing, and visa issues—the guide also serves as a detailed, student-oriented resource for day-to-day living in Paris. Questions such as How should I deal with administrative tasks? How can I use the public transportation system? and Where are the best spots to buy groceries, eat, party, shop, exercise, and visit? are discussed in depth along with hints for making the most out of the opportunity and traveling further into France and Europe. Hundreds of practical reviews, links, and tips designed to make a student's experience in Paris fun, affordable, and virtually stress-free are also included.

Etiquette and Taboos around the World: A Geographic Encyclopedia of Social and Cultural Customs

Author: Ken Taylor,Victoria Williams Ph.D.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1440838216

Category: Social Science

Page: 373

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An interesting resource for learning about the cultural differences and characteristics of people across the globe, this encyclopedia covers the "do's" and "don'ts" of a breadth of countries and major ethnic groups. • Provides comprehensive coverage of many of the world's countries and cultures that enables readers to make insightful cross-cultural comparisons • Directly supports the National Geography Standards by examining cultural mosaics • Provides relevant and useful information for readers preparing for study-abroad excursions or other international travel

Paris

The Story of a Great City

Author: Danielle Chadych,Dominique Leborgne

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780233004389

Category: Paris (France)

Page: 160

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An intriguing, concise history of Paris, beautifully illustrated by works from the archives of the museums of Paris, this delightful book takes the reader on a journey from the earliest settlement in the area via the grand architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and brings them right up to the present day and the ever-changing landscape of Europe's biggest metropolitan city. Acknowledging along the way the people and events that have helped to shape its history - from the Sun King to one of the world's most significant and bloodiest revolutions, to the artists, writers and entertainers who have sought and found inspiration from the city's streets.

How the French Think

An Affectionate Portrait of an Intellectual People

Author: Sudhir Hazareesingh

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465061664

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

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In France, perhaps more so than anywhere else, intellectual activity is a way of life embraced by the majority of society, not just a small group of élite thinkers. And because French thought has also shaped the Western world, Sudhir Hazareesingh argues in How the French Think, we cannot hope to understand modern history without first making sense of the French mind-set. Hazareesingh traces the evolution of French thought from Descartes and Rousseau to Sartre and Derrida. In the French intellectual tradition, he shows, recurring themes have pervaded nearly every aspect of French life, from the rhetorical flair once embodied by the philosophes to the country's modern embrace of secularism. Sweeping aside generalizations and easy stereotypes, Hazareesingh offers an erudite portrait of the venerated tradition of French thought and the people who embody it.

Letters to His Neighbor

Author: Marcel Proust

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 0811224120

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

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Brilliantly translated by Lydia Davis, here are Proust’s tormented, touching, and often very funny letters to his noisy neighbor. Marcel Proust’s genius for illuminating pain is on spectacular display in this recently discovered trove of his correspondence, Letters to His Neighbor. Already suffering from noise within his cork-lined walls, his poor soul was not ready for the fresh hell when his neighbor Dr. Williams married a widow with small children. Chiefly to Mrs. Williams, these ever-polite letters (often accompanied by flowers, compliments, books, even pheasants) are frequently hilarious—Proust couches his fury in a gracious tone. In Lydia Davis’s hands, the digressive brilliance of his sentences shines: “Don't speak of annoying neighbors, but of neighbors so charming (an association of words contradictory in principle since Montesquiou claims that most horrible of all are 1) neighbors 2) the smell of post offices) that they leave the constant tantalizing regret that one cannot take advantage of their neighborliness.” Proust makes fine distinctions among his auditory torments: “The valet de chambre makes noise and that doesn't matter. But later he knocks with little tiny raps. And that is worse.” Lydia Davis has written a generous translator’s note, tracing much of what we can know about Proust’s perpetually dark room; she details the furnishings as well as the life he lived there: burning his powders, talking with friends, hiring musicians, and, most of all, suffering. Letters to His Neighboris richly illustrated with facsimile letters and photographs—catnip for lovers of Proust. With an Introduction by Jean-Yves Tadié and a translator’s note by Lydia Davis.

The Culture Solution

How to Achieve Cultural Synergy and Get Results in the Global Workplace

Author: Deirdre Mendez

Publisher: Nicholas Brealey

ISBN: 1941176186

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 228

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Many people today are expected to manage intercultural teams, serve culturally diverse customers and communities, and support partnerships with international companies and governments. If you are one of these people, this book is for you. Through a powerful, practical framework (The ARC System) developed by the author, readers will be able to discern the cultural orientation of the people they're interacting with, no matter where they are from, and understand behavior and expectations in any environment. It is a guide to creating strategies for managing cultural differences and learning from the approaches of new counterparts. The Culture Solution is a practical system that applies straightforward principles to real-life situations in international business, travel, project and team management, education, healthcare, conflict resolution, mediation and more. The book will help readers adapt to new cultural environments and deal with people from unfamiliar cultural backgrounds. Readers will be able to create a Personal Profile for eight cultural dimensions that identify their own cultural orientation and that of the person, group, or place they choose to analyze. By comparing the two profiles, readers will identify cultural tendencies likely to become sources of confusion and frustration and develop strategies for managing problems, explaining themselves effectively, and communicating persuasively. Readers will also learn ways to leverage the talents of culturally diverse people and capitalize on the benefits.

Predictably Irrational

The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

Author: Dan Ariely

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006135323X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 280

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Intelligent, lively, humorous, and thoroughly engaging, "The Predictably Irrational" explains why people often make bad decisions and what can be done about it.

The French Way : The Truth Behind the Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs

The Truth Behind the Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs

Author: Ross Steele

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780071428071

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 128

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Achieve savoir faire and fit into French culture with ease Written by an internationally renowned expert in French culture, Ross Steele, this second edition of The French Way offers a uniquely impartial and fully up-to-date perspective on French attitudes, tastes, and customs regarding everything from business style (formal) to pets (doted on), conversation (an art form) to humor (satiric, political), love (truly, madly, deeply) to time ("Better late than never!"). With the help of The French Way, you will: Understand how people from every corner of France interact, do business, and live their daily lives Become well-versed in ninety major topics including food, family, holidays, the media, religion, sports, money, entertainment, and le shopping Learn the truth about common myths and misconceptions concerning the French and communicate comfortably with French-speaking people without committing faux pas

The French Way

Aspects of Behavior, Attitudes, and Customs of the French

Author: Ross Steele

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 9780844214955

Category: Travel

Page: 102

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Guide to understanding how people from France think, do business and act in their daily lives

Unveiling the French Republic: National Identity, Secularism, and Islam in Contemporary France

Author: Per-Erik Nilsson

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004356037

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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In Unveiling the French Republic, Per-Erik Nilsson engages in a critical analysis of national identity, secularism, and Islam in France. He argues that secular ideology has been used to justify religious intolerance, mask ethnic prejudice, and reify French national identity.

The Lost and the Found

Author: Cat Clarke

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 1101932066

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 368

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Fans of Lucy Christopher’s Stolen, Caroline B. Cooney’s The Face on the Milk Carton, and Natasha Preston’s The Cellar will be captivated by this twisty psychological thriller about an abducted girl who finally returns home to her family—but is she really who she claims to be? THE LOST When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister, Faith. Since then, Faith’s childhood has revolved around her sister’s disappearance—from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention to dealing with so-called friends who only ever want to talk about her missing sister. THE FOUND Now, thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the front yard of the Logans’ old house, disoriented and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Can her sister finally be back? Faith always dreamed of her sister coming home; she just never believed it would happen. But soon a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated from her family and paranoid about her sister’s motives. Before long, Faith begins to wonder if it’s the abduction that’s changed her sister, or if it’s something else. . . . “An intriguing story from start to finish.” —Kirkus Reviews “Clarke’s true success lies in crafting a realistic and haunting story of two young women who redefine what it means to be sisters.” —PW “This mystery will have wide appeal and keep teens riveted.” —SLJ “A compelling story with sympathetic and credible characters.” —The Bulletin

Band Theory and Electronic Properties of Solids

Author: John Singleton

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191057460

Category: Science

Page: 240

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This book provides an introduction to band theory and the electronic properties of materials at a level suitable for final-year undergraduates or first-year graduate students. It sets out to provide the vocabulary and quantum-mechanical training necessary to understand the electronic, optical and structural properties of the materials met in science and technology and describes some of the experimental techniques which are used to study band structure today. In order to leave space for recent developments, the Drude model and the introduction of quantum statistics are treated synoptically. However, Bloch's theorem and two tractable limits, a very weak periodic potential and the tight-binding model, are developed rigorously and in three dimensions. Having introduced the ideas of bands, effective masses and holes, semiconductor and metals are treated in some detail, along with the newer ideas of artificial structures such as super-lattices and quantum wells, layered organic substances and oxides. Some recent `hot topics' in research are covered, e.g. the fractional Quantum Hall Effect and nano-devices, which can be understood using the techniques developed in the book. In illustrating examples of e.g. the de Haas-van Alphen effect, the book focuses on recent experimental data, showing that the field is a vibrant and exciting one. References to many recent review articles are provided, so that the student can conduct research into a chosen topic at a deeper level. Several appendices treating topics such as phonons and crystal structure make the book self-contained introduction to the fundamentals of band theory and electronic properties in condensed matter physic today.

Strategic Brand Management

New Approaches to Creating and Evaluating Brand Equity

Author: Jean-Noël Kapferer

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0029170451

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 341

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"The art of building sales is, to a large extent, the art of building brands. After reading Kapferer's book, you'll never again think of a brand as just a name. Several exciting new ideas and perspectives on brand building are offered that have been absent from our literature".--Philip Kotler".An invaluable reference for designers, marketing managers and brand managers alike".--Design magazine.

Senior Leadership Teams

What It Takes to Make Them Great

Author: Ruth Wageman,Debra A. Nunes,James A. Burruss,J. Richard Hackman

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

ISBN: 1633692043

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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An organisation's fate hinges on its CEO—right? Not according to the authors of Senior Leadership Teams. They argue that in today's world of neck-snapping change, demands on leaders in top roles are rapidly outdistancing the capabilities of any one person - no matter how talented. Result? Chief executives are turning to their enterprise's senior leaders for help. Yet many CEOs stumble when creatinga leadership team. One major challenge is that senior executives often focus more on their individual roles than on the top team's shared work. Without the CEO's careful attention to setting the team up correctly, these high-powered managers often have difficulty pulling together to move their organisation forward. Sometimes they don't even agree about what constitutes the right path forward.The authors explain how to determine whether your organisation needs a senior leadership team. Then, drawing on their study of 100+ top teams from around the world, they explain how to create a clear and compelling purpose for your team, get the right people on it, provide structure and support, and sharpen team members' competencies - and your own. Timely and practical, this book enables you to create and sustain a leadership team whose members learn from one another while collaborating to pursue your company's objectives.

Explorations and Encounters in French

Author: F. Jean Fornasiero,Colette Mrowa-Hopkins

Publisher: University of Adelaide Press

ISBN: 0980672333

Category: Australia

Page: 321

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"With a title derived literally from the explorations of the French in the Pacific and metaphorically from classroom encounters with another culture - both of which form important subsections to the volume - Explorations and Encounters in French actively seeks to unite those fields of enquiry sometimes seen as separate, namely, culture and language. The essays selected for inclusion in Explorations and Encounters in French bring together many of the current research strands in French Studies today, tapping into current pedagogical trends, analysing contemporary events in France, examining the Franco-Australian past, while reviewing teaching practice and the culture of teaching. Collectively, the essays reflect the common engagement with language, culture and society that characterizes the community of French teachers and scholars in Australia and abroad."--University of Adelaide Press webpage.