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The Xenophobe's Guide to the Belgians (Xenophobe's Guides) Kindle Edition
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On p.37, it says that Belgians greet relatives and friends with a triple kiss. This is false. Belgians only kiss once, everywhere, unlike the French who kiss from one to four times depending on the region.
On p.61, the author claims that Belgians prefer foreign channels to their own. That may be true to some extent for French speakers preferring French channels, but the Flemings are quite proud of their channels and will rarely go for Dutch channels instead.
On p.69, the authors explains that Catholic schools are single-sex. This was true a few decades ago, but since the 1990's pretty much all schools in Belgium are unisex, even elitist schools.
On p.75, it says that following the 2010 political crisis Belgium was left "with no government at all" for over one year. This is a common misconception, but there was actually an current-affair government in function during the whole period, which is why almost everything went as usual.
P.84 is the worst in the book. Everything is wrong. The author says that, contrarily to the Dutch, the Flemish intentionally refuse to use French words. The fact is that Flemish is filled with French borrowings (e.g. 'communicatie' instead of the original Dutch word 'mededeling').Read more ›
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A fun book. Having spent several years living in Belgium I can clearly recognise the characteristics described. An recently update too. Well done!Published 10 months ago by Mrs B.
I read this while on holiday in Belgium and it was very informative . Easy to read . Not to be taken too seriously !Published on 18 May 2014 by M. Eves
Perfect as a Secret Santa present...if you have a belgian colleague !
A lot of funny facts but also quite a lot of cliches.
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