Chatterbox #224 – Reverse culture shock

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Have you ever experienced culture shock while travelling abroad? How about reverse culture shock? In this episode, Andrew talks about some instances of reverses culture shock that he felt in Canada after living abroad in South Korea for a long time.

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Reverse culture shock occurs when you return home after immersing yourself in a different culture for a long period of time. Symptoms include boredom, isolation, frustration, and loss of self-identity. Adjusting back to your routine at home can be extremely difficult. Reaching out to your friends and family before you return home can help lessen the effects of reverse culture shock.

Expressions included in the study guide

  • To ramble on
  • To strike someone as [odd, strange, bizarre]
  • A bust
  • Out of luck
  • To stand out
  • To jive with [something]

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