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France

Kwintessential’s guides are great when you need to do a bit of quick research on the culture, customs, manners, etiquette and values of people from other countries. Let’s take a closer look at France today (link to: kintessential.co.uk).

Would you agree with me that learning about other cultures can help us understand how people in other regions live and think? I think it’s a valuable exercise.

Pudding versus dessert

A few weeks ago we spoke about the difference between pudding and dessert, as seen by a British expert. For John G. Robertson, who grew up in North America, dessert is the sweet course that comes after the main meal. Pudding is something like bread and butter pudding or something soft and custardy. In this article,Continue Reading

The UK

As I told you some weeks ago, I like taking a look at Kwintessential’s guides when I need to do a bit of quick research on the culture, customs, manners, etiquette and values of people from other countries. Today I thought we’d take a closer look at the United Kingdom (link to: kintessential.co.uk) and read aboutContinue Reading

Pudding is not dessert, and dessert is not pudding

British etiquette expert, William Hanson writes that “pudding is not dessert, and dessert is not pudding.” But what exactly does that mean? He says that dessert was, and still is, the fruit course that comes after pudding. So pudding is what we here in Germany call “Nachtisch”. It’s what comes after the main course. The rhubarb crumble,Continue Reading

China and the Chinese

I like taking a look at Kwintessential’s guides when I need to do a bit of quick research on the culture, customs, manners, etiquette and values of people from other countries. Today I thought you might like to take a closer look at China (link to: kwintessential.co.uk) and learn about the importance of ‘face’,  non-verbal communicationContinue Reading