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used to it • most part • culture shock
language barrier • reverse
  1. Some people couldn't handle the schedule, but he is now.
  2. Many people think culture shock is worse than the feeling when you initially arrive.
  3. Although there was a we were able to communicate just fine.
  4. For the he prefers to be alone.
  5. Did you experience when you first arrived?
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821 Culture Contrast
Michele talks about the cultural differences. of living in Japan and Canada.

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totally used to it

Do you feel like you're totally used to it?

When we are 'totally used to' something, that means we are 100% comfortable with it.  Notice the following:

  1. I'm totally used to the hot weather.
  2. She's not totally used to it yet.

for the most part

They're not difficult for the most part.

We use the phrase 'for the most part' to talk about something that is true, but maybe not 100%.  Notice the following:

  1. For the most part, the trip was fun.
  2. I enjoyed it for the most part.

culture shock

I don't have culture shock anymore.

The term 'culture shock' is used to describe cultural problems we have visiting a new country for the first time.  Notice the following:

  1. She experienced serious culture shock in China.
  2. Tokyo's really different from my hometown, but I never got culture shock while I was there.

the language barrier

There's still the language barrier.

We use the term 'language barrier' to talk about; problems we have communicating in a different language.  Notice the following:

  1. The language barrier was a problem.
  2. There was no language barrier in the Philippines.

reverse culture shock

Did you have reverse culture shock?

If we stay abroad for a long time; for example, to study or work, we sometimes experience reverse culture shock.  Notice the following:

  1. After a year in Paris, I had a kind of reverse culture shock when I went home.
  2. What's reverse culture shock?