How to Learn and Understand the Culture of Your New Expat Home

Posted on 10/06/2014 ~ Categorized as Live
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How to Learn and Understand the Culture of Your New Expat Home

Moving to a new home can be difficult. There are many things that need to be done when you move. You have to learn many new things. The further away from home that you move, the more difficulties you will face. This is especially true for people that choose to relocate to a new country. The number of things that they have to learn and adjust to become even larger.

There are a number of companies that can help with the logistics of moving to another country. They can help with all of the paperwork and are well aware of the rules about what you have to do to relocate in a foreign country. The part that many people forget about until they are actually in their new country is learning about the culture and people of their new home. This is not as easy to learn. If an expat makes mistakes that insult the heritage and culture of their new home, they could face problems. It is best to have a plan to help understand the culture of the new home. The plan should include things that can be done before the move, during the move and after settling into your new home in your new country.

Before You Move

Before you become an expat, it is important to learn as much as you can about your new country. You need to do some research about where you are moving to. Consider researching a few different things.

Language – The more of the native language that you can learn before you go, the easier the move will be. There are plenty of ways to learn a different language that include classes (standard and online classes), and different software and books that can help you learn the language. The very least you should do is learn a few key phrases to help you with basic needs. It is also a good idea to learn words that could be considered an insult or hurtful to the natives of the country that you are moving to.

Navigation – Take the time to learn different neighborhoods and important roads. You need to take the time to learn your way around your new home at least a little. You may also want to learn about transportation that is available and how to use it.

Laws – Take the time to learn the laws of the new country. There are many resources available that can help you learn what is allowed and what is not allowed in your new country. Breaking a law because of ignorance is never a good excuse or a way to start out in your new home.

During The Move

Make sure that you are asking questions while you are relocating to your new country. Do not be afraid to take in as much information as you can to make it easier when you get there. Consider asking the same things that you had prepared for before the move. Ask questions about the language, culture, transportation and laws from the people that you meet during your move.

After You Arrive

Once you arrive, delve into your new country. The best way to learn about the culture and heritage of your new expat home is to be involved in what is going on. You can never learn anything behind the closed doors of your new home. Get involved by exploring your new country and by talking to people. Find other expats that may help you with the adjustment.

The internet is one of the best resources an expat can have as they are getting used to the new culture. It can help them connect with others before, during and after their move. It is a good teacher, but in the end, the best teacher is experience. The expats that adjust the fastest are the ones that embrace their new culture and all that it has to teach them.


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