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Pocket Protectors
By Tom Price

(Business 2.0) – If you're leaving next week, grab one of Lonely Planet's new Fast Talk guides. The 96-page books ($5; in French, Italian, and Spanish) feature phonetic spellings (bonjour becomes bon-zhoor) to help you sound like less of a rube. But even if you've learned to speak like a native, there's still more to making a connection than just talking shop. Culture Shock's cheat sheets ($19; www.cultureshockguides.com) can help you avoid social faux pas. Fourteen titles are specifically geared toward business behavior; the rest give general advice. -- T.P.