розмовна тема: Culture shock

розмовна тема: Culture shock

Culture shock comes from the anxiety that we all experience when we suddenly finds ourselves in a situation where everything that we think of as normal is done differently. People in a different country have different ways of saying ‘hello’ and speaking to other people. They may have different ideas as to what is normal and acceptable behaviour.

Now, at first, these differences can be very exciting. This is the honeymoon stage when life in the new country can seem like a good holiday, but this is often followed by a stage where people reject the new country. They begin to think that everything is dirty and different. That life at home is much better. They try and hide from reality and spend a lot of time with people from their own country. Or they have to stay at home alone during the day. They feel useless and unable to cope. Failing to learn the language does not help. They blame the new culture for their bad feelings.

However, there is a cure. After the honeymoon stage and the period when people really dislike the new country, many people begin to adjust. They start by accepting that although food, habits and customs are different they are not necessarily worse. They become more confident that they can cope. When people can do this, they can start living happily in the new country. If they are able to do this, they should enjoy their time in the strange country.