Have a more meaningful and successful time abroad through a better understanding of the local culture. Chapters on values, attitudes, customs, and daily life will help you make the most of your visit, while tips on etiquette and communication will help you navigate unfamiliar situations and avoid faux pas.
Unsuspecting outsiders often assume that Canadians are just like their American neighbors, if perhaps a little more modest. However, there is much more to it than that. Canadian society is a complex mosaic of distinct cultural identities that vary from province to province, and with high levels of immigration, it is one of the most multicultural societies in the world. The country’s unique development through devolution, rather than revolution, affects the way Canadians view the world and their place in it, while numerous events of the last decade have challenged their self-image and tested its substance. Culture Smart! Canada takes you to the heart of this diverse nation. It unpacks the key chapters in their history, describes the values that Canadians hold dear, and the attitudes that you are likely to encounter. It introduces you to the people and describes their way of life, at home, work, and play. The people you will meet in Canada will more than likely be friendly and welcoming, but demonstrate an understanding of their culture and an awareness of their traditions and your time spent with them will be greatly enriched.
About the Author
Diane Lemieux was born in Quebec into a diplomatic family, and first moved abroad at the age of three. Her journey continued through eleven countries on five continents, during which she acquired four languages, two passports, and several cultural identities. After completing studies in the fields of Communication, Development, International Relations, and Journalism, Diane embarked on a career in international development before deciding to pursue her passion: writing. She is the author of four books, including The Mobile Life: A New Approach to Moving Anywhere and Culture Smart! Nigeria. Juliana Tzvetkova is an academic and intercultural intelligence trainer with a passion for education. She was born and educated in Bulgaria, where she gained a Ph.D. in Social Philosophy. In the late 1990s she moved to Canada with her family and taught at community colleges in Toronto. She has since worked on educational projects around the globe—from Bulgaria to Angola, Canada to China, the UAE to Kazakhstan. Today she works in student recruitment and continues to provide intercultural intelligence training as well as developing her personal cultural project, Kanadiana.
"Culture Smart! has come to the rescue of hapless travellers,” —Sunday Times Travel
“…the perfect introduction to the weird, wonderful and downright odd quirks and customs of various countries,” —Global Travel
“…full of fascinating, as well as common sense, tips to help you avoid embarrassing faux pas,” —Observer
“…as useful as they are entertaining," —Easy Jet Magazine
"…offer glimpses into the psyche of a faraway world,” —New York Times