CultureShock! Russia. A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette, Anna Pavloskaya
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Anna Pavloskaya

CultureShock! Russia. A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette

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CultureShock! Russia is the all-essential guide to help you understand and integrate into the largest country in the world. Discover how Russia’s political and cultural histories and other influences have shaped the country and its people. Learn about the values, attitudes and lifestyle of the Russians and how you can avoid cultural and social pitfalls and adjust to the Russian way of life. This insightful book provides useful advice on practical matters such as how to set up home, what to expect from the work environment, how Russians view punctuality, where to shop and even tips on learning the language. The book also highlights the best in Russian cuisine and the rich variety of leisure activities. CultureShock! Russia is a must-read for anyone new to this wonderful and sometimes bewildering land and will pave the way for a pleasant and fulfilling stay.
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it is the Russian people. It is about them, their character, mentality, habits, likes and dislikes, their manner of behaviour and communication, that is worth writing about nowadays.
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