How long do you need to be in a new country to feel at home?
I always adapt very quickly - I can feel at home in as little as a week or two, but it takes much longer to get a really deep knowledge of a place.
It depends on the area where you are living as some make you feel welcomed while others may not hostile. Anyway, my family and I are very adaptive in places we go to stay in different areas though I have not move to a new country. My young brother is now staying in New Zealand and settle in quickly.
It seems to me that one of the key variables regarding to your question has to do with language. If you speak and read the language of a new place, assimilation should be much quicker than in a place where you do not know the language.
I absolutely agree. I didn't have that problem moving to America, but in the Czech Republic it took a while to feel comfortable speaking Czech (and I only ever had a basic grasp of the language). Still, Prague felt like my home. Thanks for commenting
It took my grandparents about five seconds to feel at home in the United States after spending what seemed like an eternity in an overcrowded leaky boat, coming over from the old country.
They spoke not a word of English, but learned it very quickly and made it a rule in their household that we could speak only English - we were not allowed to speak the tongue of the old country. Sounds perhaps like a harsh rule, but it made us real Americans in just one generation!
Depends if the new country is to be long or short term.
As a long time ex pat I still miss home. Perhaps because I left my immediate family behind. Admittedly, travel wasn't so easy in those days either. Today, many years later I'm still torn.
Also much depends on language, finances, work, relationships, status - they often are a part of moving permanently to a new country.
I like to think I quickly adapt. I don't think it troubled me in the past to stay in other cultures and I'd like to think it won't trouble me now to be marooned in a place that I completely know nothing about. The potential thrill of the place is always exciting.
It depends. If you have to learn a new language and learn to comprehend a very different culture it can take months or year.s Perhaps the learning never ends....
A person starts feeling at home in a new country only when he/she can start earning his/her bread and butter in that country.
I have only lived in 2 countries but i have travelled quite a bit. I adjust easily to a place I go to, even with the language barrier.I love exploring places so I think If I move to onother country, it will be easy for me to adjust.
Usually around three months, Emily....! I need to observe more on everything in the new country where I live in -- especially the people who live around me, this is the first priority for me that I have to adapt before the other...!
I would say, maybe about 2 years. I've been in Poland now for over 2 years (after my deportation from the US, which I lived in ever since I was 3 years old, for drug related charges, which I deal with in my hubs) and I'm starting to get the hang of it. The most difficult aspect of it all is the language barrier. But after overcoming that, it gets much easier. They say it takes about 2 years to learn how to speak a language conversationally and 5 years to speak it fluently.
Wow, that's a good one... I think it depends on what you do in that country, and how you impact those that are around you and visa-versa. When you have spent enough time in the trenches/offices/businesses etc to feel as if you have earned your keep in the presence of your peers, and when you have stopped saying you, you guys, you people, and have replaced it with, I, we, and us... I think that would be a good indication of feeling at home where ever you are. Peace. Kawi.
I depends upon the character of each person. Those who are friendly and bold will require only a few days to feel at home in a new country. But for those who are shy and quiet, it may take a lot of time. I.e, adaptability of a person has great importance in such cases.
People who quickly adapt to a new atmosphere can be good friends too. We never feel bored when we are along with such people.
Maybe a month or two but I always feel homesick, even here after 23 years in England I still miss my family in the Philippines especially my father, step-mother and brothers & families & sister. I can adapt easily to other places and people but I still miss my country home. As the saying goes "There is no place like Home".
In my opinion, this has less to do with time spent abroad and more to do with your ability to grasp the language and etiquette's necessary to live and function on a day-to-day basis.
Once these are grasped you can start to be more independent and make progress with the things that are important to you.
It also depends on your ability to cope with change. I lived abroad for 3 years without returning home (in fact, as of the writing of this, I'm going to be returning back to the US for a while now). Avoiding "complaining" and the other expats that complained about everything was absolutely essential to living abroad like that for me.
when one has the ability to make a living, speak the language well enough to understand politics and a developed close circle of friends to share your life with. That pretty much makes you sigh and think "there is no place like home". But I don't think the feeling of homesickness for your native country ever goes totally away.
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