Saturday, June 29, 2019

Adapting To Living In A New Culture

By Joyce Bell

Adjusting to a new way of life in another country is not easy. There is a lot that you have to adjust to, such as the language, the way you need to act both in the business sense as well as on a day to day basis. What may seem acceptable to you, may be rude to everyone else. Often, you will learn as you go along. When you are living in a new culture you should have a good attitude, with a positive mindset and this is going to help you go forward.

It is not something that you will get used to overnight. Usually it takes between six and twelve months. One needs to be patient with themselves. However, it also means that you have to make the effort and work on the various phases. By sitting at home, you are not going to adjust. As you begin to learn the language, put this into action, get out and take part in activities and explore, you will begin to adjust.

At first, excitement will take over, as the individual enters the new environment. They explore their surroundings and they are keen to find out more about what there is to do and what there is to see. This is more like a vacation. However, reality will hit them. They begin to think about what life is like at home.

Coping with culture shock as a student is another aspect which individuals struggle with. More and more students are flocking to other parts of the world to promote themselves and this helps them get a better chance in life. However, it is not always easy to fit in. Many students have beliefs of how things should be according to how they grew up.

People find that they have to learn about driving on the other side of the road. They need to learn about public transport. Of course, it is your attitude that makes the difference. If you are negative about everything, then it is going to be more difficult to adjust. People may say that it is wrong to drive on the opposite side of the road.

This can include aspects, such as the people and their way of life, the food, how closely related the country is to your home country and how easy it is to learn the language. People may frown upon certain things which you do. This is all part of the culture. It comes in the form of the way in which you eat, the way you dress, your body language and gestures.

If you refuse to see the positive aspects, you will never get anything from this. One can look at the history, art, galleries, things to do and see and joining up with clubs where they will meet others in the community. They will also be able to meet other expats who are working in the area. Usually expats meet up and get together at pubs.

Judging other people is not something that you can easily do, because they can do the same to you. You are a guest of their country and you need to remember that. It is easy to think that people are not normal in the way in which they do things. Basically, there is no one way of doing things.

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