Roberta Rossi

A curious mind.
Hi everyone! I'm an English lover and a movie buff, but still struggling to watch films in English. I love also to travel, read and to take naps.

Culture shock

Probably because I've always lived in the same city and in the same country (it sounds a bit boring, isn't it?), I am kind of fascinated by my friends who come from Perù, Colombia, and Argentina and moved to Italy (where I live).
I envy their spirit of enterprise! And I am always eager to listen to their stories about their first months here, how they dealt with the different language and other challenging aspects.

Coincidentally I have recently come across an article about the culture shock.

"For the past thirty years psychologists and anthropologists have been researching culture shock. They have studied the reactions and experiences during the first few months in a new country of travellers and diplomats, business people and international students. Research has shown that what most of these people have in common is a series of reactions to the new culture. Culture shock can affect people to different degrees, but there is a predictable sequence of stages that people undergo."

You might already know what these stages are. If not, they are: honeymoon, frustration, adjustment and acceptance (or adaptation).  
There is an extra stage that you may go through if you go back home after living abroad for some time, the re-entry shock. Everybody is happy to see you again. The only problem is that you have changed a lot in ways that they haven’t. And probably they don’t understand that you have changed. And you end up almost feeling like a stranger in your own culture.

So, to cut to the chase, I was wondering if some of the members who moved to other countries or stayed for long time abroad, have experienced somehow a culture shock. I don't think I am the only one interested in such fascinating topic!

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My introduction

Hi everyone, this is Roberta from Italy. I've recently applied for the membership of the amazing Alastair's podcast. Hey! I am not trying to flatter him! You know, when you reach, let's say, an intermediate or an upper-intermediate level, you start searching for something more interesting than videos and podcasts about grammar and learning techniques. Along your learning journey, you have already learnt what works for you and what you need to keep improving. So you just want interesting contents, that might challenge you a little bit but that worth listening, right? Contents that even natives would like to listen to. And this is what I found in Alastair's podcast! 
I've been learning English for ages, the classical way - textbooks, textbooks, and textbooks - but only three years ago I started to take it seriously. And differently! A different approach brought me results that I couldn't even imagine. I still make lots of mistakes, my grammar isn't perfect, but I can speak now. Three years ago I couldn't. I used to get frozen. 
What's one strange or unorthodox interest that you have?
Nothing comes to mind. I'm a boring person, who loves to take a nap whenever I can. I love reading, travelling (who doesn't like it?), watching films, every genre except horror movies (Old black and white movies, sci-fi, period drama, thrillers, drama, animation, crime fiction, western, action, comics). And that's it. 
Happy to be here!
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