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It's common to experience a sense of isolation and frustration when confronted to a new culture and language.

It's common to experience a sense of isolation and frustration when confronted to a new culture and language. However, it doesn't have to make life more frustrating andcan do much to enrich it, although it's important to be aware of the potential difficulties.
Many people underestimate the cultural isolationthat can be experienced in a foreign country, particularly one with different language.
Many factors contribute to the duration and effects of adapting to a new culture , eg: personality, education, travel experience, and family and social support.
How did you cope with this kind of situation???

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  • Dec 13 2011: Balkissa
    With difficulty, but with huge rewards. I can remember going into stores and even after having looked in the dictionary, leaving because I couldn't even ask for the thing I wanted. It is frustrating. Cultural learning is hard work.

    I must say however, when I look back on all that, I laugh, cry, and feel a deep sense of satisfaction. I did cope. I said stupid things and made huge cultural blunders. I like to think I am a better person for it.