+0
Hy at all!

I have to summarize an Austrian text in 1 or 2 sentences. Maybe someone can help me. My english isn`t very good and i don`t understand this text.

That`s the text:

Nevertheless, Austrians wear their formality with a certain easy lightness and a major distinction between Austrian and German characters is that the former are much more tolerant of fooling around than their neighbours [there is a long tradition of pantomime and farce in Viennese theatre]. Austrians have a great sense of humour that is not always refined or subtle and they will accept your joking so long as you are self-deprecating at the same time. Teasing others, though, may be interpreted as putting them down, and that is certainly not appreciated. Unless you are confident of your command of German idiom and/or Austrian taste, it is perhaps best for a visitor to avoid making jokes that can be easily misconstrued in another culture. Humour has no place at a formal meeting or in the office at all when senior staff are present.

Thanks a lot and nice greetings

Luna
Comments  
Hi,

I have to summarize an Austrian text in 1 or 2 sentences. Maybe someone can help me. My english isn`t very good and i don`t understand this text.

That`s the text:

Nevertheless, Austrians wear their formality with a certain easy lightness and a major distinction between Austrian and German characters is that the former are much more tolerant of fooling around than their neighbours [there is a long tradition of pantomime and farce in Viennese theatre]. Austrians have a great sense of humour that is not always refined or subtle and they will accept your joking so long as you are self-deprecating at the same time. Teasing others, though, may be interpreted as putting them down, and that is certainly not appreciated. Unless you are confident of your command of German idiom and/or Austrian taste, it is perhaps best for a visitor to avoid making jokes that can be easily misconstrued in another culture. Humour has no place at a formal meeting or in the office at all when senior staff are present.

I'm sure you realize that you wil lose some meaning in a summary.

How about this?

Austrians appear formal, but in informal settings they enjoy humour that is not unkind.

Clive
Hi Clive,

thanks a lot for your help. I think i have finished the summary.

Now i need someone who reread my text. Because i`m not sure of the transitional words and i think i have some mistakes because of grammar and so on. And i also need to appreviate my text. The summary may have only 250 words and not more.

That`s the text:

The text from Executive Planet.com deals with the Austrian punctuallity, the business dress and the guidelines of conversation.

Austrian people plan their schedules in advance some months before. If it is necessary to cancel an appointment, you should say it as soon as possible. They are very punctual and expect from others the same. Office times depends on the different province in Austria. Normally they are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. from Monday through Thursday. In August and near Christmas you should avoid planning business meeting. Some Austrians go skiing or on summer holiday at this time.

In Austria it is common that people dresses in an elegant manner. The first impression counts. So you have to wear well-fitting clothes and polish leather shoes. Men wear a dark woollen suit with a white cotton shirt and conservative tie. And Women wear a tailored suit and a silk blouse, a business dress or elegant trouser-suits. On special events people wear traditional clothes. For women are the Dirndl dress and men wear collarless jackets with folkloric designs.

One of the important topic in Austria is the conversation . Austrian people don`t want to compare with German people. The culture and the history of Germany is completely different. The only thing, which is nearly the same is the language. Some german people may struggle with the Austrian accent and regional dialects. Austrians appear formal, but in informal settings they enjoy humour that is not unkind.

At the end you also have to know a little bit about the country and the language. There are some topics like Classical music or winter sport, which are very welcome in conversation.

thanks for helping me

Luna
Students: We have free audio pronunciation exercises.
Hi Clive,

thanks a lot for your help.

Luna
Hi Luna;
I've added some suggestions and highlighted some errors.

Austrian people plan their schedules in advance, sometimes some months before the event. If it is necessary to cancel an appointment, you ("you" is not good here, because you are talking about Austrians, and not the reader - Austrians believe that it should be done ) should say it as soon as possible. They are very punctual and expect from others the same. Office times depends on the particular different province in Austria. Normally they are from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. from Monday through Thursday. In August and near Christmas you should avoid planning a business meeting. Some Austrians go skiing or on summer holiday at this time.
In Austria it is common that people dresses in an elegant manner. The first impression counts. So you have to wear well-fitting clothes and polished leather shoes. Men wear a dark woollen suit with a white cotton shirt and conservative tie. And Women wear a tailored suit and a silk blouse, a business dress or elegant trouser-suits. On special events, people wear traditional clothes. For women are the Dirndl dress and men wear collarless jackets with folkloric designs.
One of the important topic in Austria is the conversation . Austrian people don`t want to be compared with German people. The culture and the history of Germany is completely different. The only thing, (no comma) which is nearly the same is the language. Some german people may struggle with the Austrian accent and regional dialects. Austrians appear formal, but in informal settings they enjoy humour that is not unkind.
At the end you also have to know a little bit about the country and the language. There are some topics like Classical music or winter sport, which are very welcome in conversations.
Hi AlpheccaStars,

thanks a lot for your answer and your suggestions.

Nice Greetings,

Luna
Teachers: We supply a list of EFL job vacancies
You'r welcome, Luna!

Why don't you register on the Forums? We are friendly, helpful, and our service is completely free.
If you register, the web site appearance will be a lot better, you can track your posts and our responses, and also participate in chat.

Just a suggestion!
A-Emotion: stars
good suggestion!:) Yeah, i think i want to register on the Forums.