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Diary of a French Girl: Surviving intercultural encounters (2009)

Book overview

Author statement:
By Marie-Claire Patron

DIARY OF A FRENCH GIRL is the personal journal of a young French traveller who shares with us her perspectives, experiences and insights into the English Diaspora. It is a unique opportunity for Anglophones to take a look into a magic French mirror and to examine themselves through the eyes of a Francophone. On a broader level, this book also serves to prepare all global travellers for the experiences and emotions they will encounter as they journey through different time zones, lands, languages, people and cultures. It offers useful information and coping strategies to all those who embark on foreign sojourns whether in cultures diametrically opposed to their own, or those that (deceptively) appear similar. It is particularly valuable in recommending strategies as to how to successfully negotiate the challenging cultural transitions both on the journey and on returning home as a culturally enlightened global adventurer.

Book reviews:
"This book should be mandatory reading for international students as they: prepare for their sojourn in Australia, cope with cultural dissonance and homesickness, and readjust to life back in their home country. This book should also be compulsory reading for higher education administrators and teaching academics. -- Shelley Kinash