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Moving to a new country is a daunting and exciting thing, with, probably the hardest task is getting a job. Or if you already have one secured, it will be the language and cultural barriers that you must cross. If you have moved to a new country that speaks the same language as you, then you have a good step up, but there are always new things to learn in a new country. Before you move, prep. Use the internet to research where you’re going, have a vague idea of the layout of the town or city, and start to get to grips with the money, laws and traditions.
The language is going to be the hardest barrier to face. The hope for most moving to a new country is to learn it and be as fluent in it as their mother tongue. And living in a different country is the easiest way to learn a new language, if only because you have no choice but to learn to speak it. You can find schools and teachers in any country, and, hopefully, they will do as the Effortless English Club in the US do, and teach in a modern and flexible way, and not like going back to school. You can also kick off your learning with apps like Babel so that you can get the basics down before moving.
With neighbors, colleagues and anyone else you meet – make an effort to socialize, not only will you become more fluent when speaking, but you’ll learn more about the place you’re living. There’s no point moving somewhere new and shutting yourself away all the time. Explore and enjoy the place that has become your new home, don’t let work take over. Hanging out with people gives you the chance to learn about the local culture too – about the socially accepted rules, and the things to avoid. About any festivals or celebrations, any national holidays that you can get involved in and enjoy. One of the easiest things to do in a strange place is to shut everything out, causing you to feel homesick and even depressed.
If you’re struggling to grasp an aspect of your new job, having a problem with the language barrier, or an issue with anything really – you just need to ask for some help. Ask your boss or one of your new found friends. Don’t sit there and let it become a much bigger issue down the road. There is no harm in asking.
Live Like A Native
There maybe things you’re used to back home that are very different in your new country; rather than buying your food at a store, you might have to go to a market. Cooking might be different, the food you’re used to not available. And where you might miss it, think about the new skills you’ll learn, the exciting prospects of trying new things, and how amazing food will taste when you visit home again. Try and integrate some local culture into your daily life and appreciate the new land you live in.