How To Fit In Better, When Living Overseas For Work

Are you planning on living overseas? Are you afraid you wouldn’t make a lot of friends there? Perhaps you are afraid you will not fit in; and always be looked at as a stranger or a foreigner…? If so, then the below tips and suggestions are exclusively for your benefit…Are you planning on living overseas? Are you afraid you wouldn’t make a lot of friends there? Perhaps you are afraid you will not fit in; and always be looked at as a stranger or a foreigner…? If so, then the below tips and suggestions are exclusively for your benefit… 

• Learn the language; be familiar with the slang – learning a new language can benefit you a great deal. This is especially true in your situation, when you want to fit in. Learning the language or languages spoken mostly in your new home country will help you not only make new friends (which inevitably will help you feel like you’re fitting it), but it will also make your day to day activities much easier. Whether you have to speak to your post man, or the salespeople when you go to buy homewares, or even when you have to take a taxi, you’ll find that knowing the local language will help you a great deal.  

• Dress less like a foreigner – each country has its own sense of fashion. What’s appropriate and “in” in your country may not be so here. So try to blend your sense of fashion with that of your new country. Especially for special occasions. For example, if you live and work from China, then you might be incline to buy Chinese dress online for a special occasion. This is a good idea; provided you take a local friend to guide you on what to buy.  

• Know the local customs and traditions – a lot of “Foreigners” make plenty of social mistakes in their years abroad; and don’t even realize that they have done so. To avoid offending and or hurting someone unintentionally at least, try and study up on the local customs and traditions or give great gifts. This is particularly important if you intend to live and work in the Middle East, or East Asia. 

• Get familiar with the local music and movies – music and movies are a few nearly tangible bridges that connect people around the world. Thanks to the internet, you will not have any difficulty familiarizing yourself with them. Being familiar with these will not only give you a rough idea about the country, but it’s also a great conversations starter, as well as a very effective method of learning a language.

• Be open to trying new things; however foolish you feel – if you’re invited to places by friends you trust; do go with them. Yes, you need to be cautious. But open as well. Try out the local cuisines and local water holes. And it’s alright if your friends are having a little fun watching you experience these things; after all, what is new to you is familiar to them…

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