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shock • adventurous • forthcoming
changeable • on time
  1. You need to be to adapt to a new country.
  2. It can be really frustrating that she is almost never . I hate waiting.
  3. people will try just about anything.
  4. The normal way of life here is a culture at first.
  5. My son is never very when he does something wrong.
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241 Japan and England
Sarah compares life and teaching in Japan and England.

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culture shock

I expected to have a very big culture shock, but I didn't.

'Culture shock' is how you feel when you move to a new location and the habits and people are very different from what you are used to.  Notice the following:

  1. I didn't have culture shock when I first got there, but it was really bad when I came home.
  2. Moving here was a complete culture shock for her.


With food, I've tried to be adventurous.

If you are an 'adventurous' person you take risks and try new things. Notice the following:

  1. You need to be more adventurous when you travel.
  2. He has always been very adventurous and has a lot of great stories.


Austrians are usually loud and forthcoming.

Someone who is 'forthcoming' is direct and cooperative. They will help you or give you any information you ask for. Notice the following:

  1. She is usually very forthcoming, but is obviously uncomfortable talking about this.
  2. We need you to be forthcoming with this information.


The weather is very changeable, and the rain is unbelievable.

If something can change a lot from one moment to the next we say it's 'changeable.' Notice the following:

  1. I think my style is changeable depending on what I'm doing.
  2. Her mood is very changeable, but you can usually tell from her actions and facial expressions.

on time

The trains are always on time.

When something happens at the time that it is supposed to then it is 'on time.' Notice the following:

  1. In this country you can't expect that anything will be on time.
  2. She is usually on time for work.