Topic: Culture shock when studying or working abroad.
Nowadays, spending time to study or work-> studying or working abroad is an expectation of many people. Studying or working in foreign countries, especially in -> del developed countries will give you more situations-> opportunities to develop your ability and have a higher chance to get good job for a good future. It is no surprise that more and more people are looking for opportunities to live and work in a foreign country. However, if you want to relocate to another country, you will have to face up with many difficulties of a new life. In my opinion, the biggest problem you will see is the feelings about differences between old and new culture that called “culture shock”. In the first time you live far from home, culture shock is hard to be avoided. Therefore, having knowledge about culture shock and how to solve it will help you prepare better for your life in new country.
I/ Definition of culture and “culture shock”.
1/ Definition of culture
To understand “culture shock”, you need to understand what culture is. This is the common definition of culture: Culture is an organic system of matter and morale value that is created and accumulated by people through practical active process, in the interaction among human, natural environment and society. More simply-> To be simple, culture is a big part of your environment. It is made up of the common things that members of a community learn from family, friends, media, literature, and even strangers. These are the things that influence how they look, act, and communicate. For example, it is the way you behave when meeting somebody, the way you dress, the way you eat and drink, etc. 2/ Definition of “culture shock”
Culture shock isn't-> is not a clinical term or medical condition. It's simply-> It implies a common way to describe the anxiety and feelings (of surprise, disorientation, uncertainty, confusion, etc.) felt when people-> of people who have to operate within a different and unknown cultural or social environment, such as a foreign country. It grows out of the difficulties in assimilating the new culture, causing difficulty in knowing what is appropriate and what is not. This is often combined with a dislike for or- !? even disgust (moral or aesthetical) with certain aspects of the new or different culture
II/ Phases of culture shock.
The Culture shock often consists of three distinct phases: _ Honeymoon Phase:
Honeymoon Phase lasts about the first few weeks – the first time when you go to a foreign country. With-> For you, the differences between old and new cultures are very new-> exciting, wonderful and interesting. It makes you feel curious and want to enjoy everything. You will love the-> del people’s habits, the new foods-> food, the-> del beautiful landscape, the-> del polite and friendly people, etc. This period is full of observations and new discoveries, so you will be-> feel happy and comfortable. _ Negotiation Phase:
Next to the Honeymoon Phase is the Negotiation Phase. This is the time when you had enjoyed everything in new country and you also no longer interested in it. You realize the differences between old and new cultures apparently. Your excitement turns to disappointment and more and more differences start to occur. You don’t-> do not understand the way people think, behave and communication-> communicate. You find the pace of life is-> del too fast or slow. Sometime you fell you can’t-> can not express what you want to say. Further more-> Furthermore, the strange weather let you be-> makes you feel tired or irritated…Starting missing your native country, you seem lost in a new environment and feel anxious. _ Adjustment Phase:
After the Negotiation Phase that lasts about several months, you will have experience of the Adjustment Phase. In this time, you begin to...
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