Culture shock

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Culture Shock


Culture shock was a new term to me. I know it only from my English lectures. Firstly, when I looked at these words separately, I’ll find words like traditions, customs, way of life, for “culture”, and words like alarm, fright, distress and verbs like stun, scandalize, traumatize for “shock”. So, then I understand, new traditions that scandalize you, new mores that alarm you, and a different way of life that frightens you; that’s culture shock. It may hit as soon as you arrive. Or, if you’re a different complexion, height or dress than the people in your new country. Or, one day, after a while in your new residence, you gesture with the left hand, and people look at you scandalized. Then you are disappointing and in your letter to family “I just don’t understand these people!”
Speaking about myself I didn’t feel culture shock, so it’s very difficult to predict my feelings in the other countries between a lot of different people.
To some culture shock is a horrible experience that devours their precious time abroad and leaves them exhausted and confused, to others it is a business impediment that can crash the most thought out deal. Students get confused, families can be torn apart, and the "lucky ones" come away feeling guilty - asking each other why "someone as lucky as me" would be experiencing feelings like this.
Some people feel culture shock after two weeks, others after a month or more. Surely it depends...