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What Foreigners Need to Know About America from A to Z: How to Understand Crazy American Culture, People, Government, Business, Language and More (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 30 mag 2012

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Born and raised in America, Lance Johnson has long been fascinated with the history and culture of America and foreign countries and how they differ. Having visited 49 of the 50 U.S. states and traveled in 81 countries, he’s learned among other things that the Black Sea, Red Sea, and the Blue Danube do not reflect those colors, and that Iceland might better be called Greenland and vice versa. He’s also learned how America and its people are perceived abroad both correctly and incorrectly. And how America’s perception of the rest of the world can vary, too. A student of cultural differences, his travels also allow him to explore the difficulties foreigners face understanding American ways and language, and how that affects their success in dealing with us. He consults, teaches, and conducts seminars about the subjects in this book. He has an Ivy League graduate business degree and has studied at Oxford University in England. The author and lecturer was a manager with an international management consulting firm and a corporate president for 26 years before taking up acting and writing. He now volunteers his services to nonprofit organizations and immigrants. He has appeared in movies, stage plays, national commercials, and TV dramas, including a lead American role in a 28-part China TV production. As a second-generation American, he shares his love of history and culture with visitors at a leading museum of history where he is a docent. He also golfs and skis, adores his grandchildren, and plays with Malibu Barbie, his third Great Dane, and Max, his Bulldog-Pug mix. He has also mentored underprivileged youth. His American heroes include American visionary presidents Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt, and inventor Thomas Edison, all of whom had significant roles in the development of America and its culture as we know it today. Equally important on his list are those foreigners who came to America and despite overwhelming discrimination, sacrifice, and deprivation contributed to the rich history of the early settlement of America. The legacy of all these immigrants resides throughout America today. Equation of life: Knowledge + Understanding + Acceptance = A Better World for All. - Lance Johnson

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3.0 su 5 stelle A Good (not great) Option for American Culture Instructors 30 marzo 2015
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I like the content of this book (as a generic cultural encyclopedia), but I feel like the information is presented in a somewhat confusing fashion. I also think that the use of bold-faced words as vocabulary items is a ineffective (and at times misleading) -- and think the last portion of the book (on language and grammar instruction) should be in a separate book. I am using this book as a personal resource while teaching an American Culture class to a group of low-level non-native English speakers. I'm still looking for the perfect book (either a textbook or simply a personal resource) -- this gets me part of the way there, but not all they way. I wouldn't recommend it to ESL students, unless you're highly proficient.

I'll also add that the nature of a book like this is to become outdated fairly quickly. I hope the publisher plans to do another reprinting of this book, preferably with an extensive review to the text.
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2.0 su 5 stelle mediocre writing, predictable politics, no citations 5 ottobre 2013
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Foreigners should not be subjected to clumsy style, cliches, and unsupported claims any more than Americans should. The author continually repeats hackneyed generalizations, saying that Americans are "independent," "casual," and "direct" compared to people from other cultures, even though this is not always the case. He picks out random words to spell out "phonetically" using a system that is only useful to those who are very familiar with English spelling. He states generalizations about Americans' politics in a way that does not admit for a variety of political opinions, and attributes government policies to public opinion as if there were a direct causal relationship. He ventures into the realm of English grammar even though he does not seem to be an expert on the subject. And most unfortunately, he does not always seem understanding of other cultures.

Here are some real quotes from this book:

"Customs are those behaviors we have had in the past and will most likely continue to have in the future."

"So, for these and other reasons, it is in our best interest to learn more about the culture of other nations with which we deal, be it for personal or business matters."

"We also react negatively towards foreigners with annoying habits, like those who noisily suck mucus down their throat and then spit it out or those who pick their noses in public."

"Try to remember the equality word if you are dating an America." [sic]

"As you have learned, Americans believe in fairness."

"we have three levels of grammar: formal, general, and informal."

On the plus side, the book includes a lot of data from national polls, and the anecdotes from the author's travels abroad are interesting. The book does include some useful tips such as the following:

"If you arrive late, be sure to apologize, but not profusely, as is done in Japan where a late arriver must give a deep, ingratiating apology."

"we routinely address one another by their first (given) name even if we have just been introduced."

"If you are invited to an American's home and are comfortable with animals, make a big fuss over their pets (and their children)."

"Half of all Americans are convinced that UFOs (unidentified flying objects) have visited earth in some form"
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4.0 su 5 stelle How To Understand American Culture in Changing Times 5 novembre 2016
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This is a helpful guide to people around the world who would like to better understand American culture and values. Lance also shares his insights as a traveler to other countries his experience of customs and cultures around the world he has visited.
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5.0 su 5 stelle What a great read! It explains literally everything one needs to ... 9 agosto 2015
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What a great read! It explains literally everything one needs to know about the USA, as someone from Africa the USA can be a little intimidating. I would suggest this book for anyone whom is in the process of immigrating to America, it gives you a greater understanding of their history and where they are today. I love it.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Buy This Book 12 settembre 2014
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Lance's book is excellent. We distributed copies to 100 international students at our business school, and the feedback has been universally positive. "A To Z" is both easy to read and contains enough material to serve as a reference for Americans and non-Americans alike. I highly recommend this book!

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