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Posted 9/4/14
When I got a job to UK, all my family told me that people there are cold and unfriendly and that's also how we see them from Europe (land).

I was shocked as this was not true, probably coz I was expecting the worst, Everywhere I go people are smiling and so polite. Best practice is the checkout in supermarket.

I ve read before about that syndrome, I m not surprise about it. Paris is one of the worst city I ve been.
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I miss the Philippines~ All that good food and close family, eh?
It's been way too long since I visited. :<
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FuwaFuwaSensei wrote:



I miss the Philippines~ All that good food and close family, eh?
It's been way too long since I visited. :<


Yeah, I went there in June, and it was the first time I met my family. Which in a way, also help lessen the culture shock. As far as foods, it's pretty similar to how my mom makes it, but just a little bit different, so that helped a lot as well. Also, just how active people are, and being outside, kept my mind occupied, on just having fun. My mom wants to go back again in three years, so I really should start learning Tagalog.
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You can lessen or avoid culture shock if you go to a new country if you expect the worst case scenario of the different culture. I suppose like going to Japan and being over respectful for EVERYTHING, or going to Paris and expecting everything to be inhumanly small and the people to be EXTREMELY protective of their culture and judgmental of Americans. Of course, when you get there you know that these are all over-exaggerations and you will go like....oh...thats it? believing it was way worse than that.

IDK it worked for me when i went to Europe, and expecting things like rooms to be super small and just grateful i had a roof over my head and expecting French or others to be mean because im american (i knew this wasnt true but i came in with a "i have to be careful" mindset) it really wasn't bad at all...the Living conditions exceeded my expectations and the people were the nicest! as long as you spoke in their native language..even if its to ask if they spoke english. Just carry none of your culture with you and became a blank slate with low expectations...

I dont know if anyone understood what i am saying? because im terrible at explaining things and i feel like a lost the entire point in my paragraph


Yeah, I'd agree with this.

I think the basic idea you're trying to put across is: Hope for gold, expect shit.
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It's been over eight years since I went, so I really hope you get to go! I'm also one of those kids that never learned Tagalog or any of the other dialects for that matter too 8( Apparently my mom grew up on different dialects, so she gets confused when she switches to Tagalog for some reason...and then the Japanese comes out hahaha.

Once you learn some basic terms and sentence structures, it doesn't seem to be overly difficult though. I'm just really bad with the accent, so my mom laughs at me OTL Said I sound more Japanese than anything, so I can understand, but rarely speak it. Hopefully you have way more luck than I did!
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I'll have to see about this in about a year's time, I've got a selection course up in Scotland in a week (one of the tiny islands)...

Basically it's working out where I'll be spending a year, most likely teaching :O
I'm going for Japan (teaching English in a High School, either in Tokyo, Kyoto or somewhere up in Hokkaido), but who knows. Might end up with India, China, South Africa or other countries. It'll be a year, and not just culture shock going as a tourist, as I'll be living there :O

Will be interesting to see what happens, I'm sure I'll be alright though It'll be interesting to see what it's like coming back as well, we used to live in South Africa (I'm too young to remember) and my parents said it was really weird coming back to the UK after years there. All the daytime TV in the UK seems to be home improvement and gardening shows which was very different from South Africa, and there were lots of other little things they mentioned being different.

I'll probably find my way back to this forum with where I'm going, and if it's still going by the time I head off I'll put whatever happens on here
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I always feel bad for the Japanese tourists in my country, they must be so dissapointed.
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