Numerous people will admit that settling down in the United Statesis not easy. Besides the culture shock, many immigrants experienceother challenges including but not limited to language barriers. Itis essential to state that I was not exempted from this challenge andcommunication with classmates and other English speakers was asubstantial challenge due to the language barrier. Furthermore,Americans communicate in particular ways such as tone. Being in aforeign land, I was extremely afraid of making any mistakes whilecommunicating. Moreover, I could not imagine the ridicule andcritique that would follow if I made mistakes while communicating.Primarily, the U.S. appeared totally different and adapting to theculture was a huge challenge.
Thesis: While many people settle in the U.S. withoutdifficult, numerous people face challenges such as language andcommunication barriers that require plans to alleviate.
While many people tend to adapt to a foreign culture easily withouthaving to add an extra effort, the situation was different for mesince I had to come up with a solution. Visiting public places suchas restaurants was instrumental in helping me to learn how tocommunicate effectively. I learnt how people live, their language andthe best ways to address others. In order to practice what I observedin various public places, I would utilize online platforms such associal media to practice. Therefore, I used imitation to learn how tocommunicate effectively and this took me approximately three months.
Notably, learning to communicate in the U.S. had significantadvantages. Firstly, it aided me in my interactions with myclassmates, as well as other people outside school. As such, myacademic performance improved significantly. Furthermore, I couldmanage communicate effectively with friends and even hang out withthem.
Settling down in the U.S or in any other country can be difficult.Differences in culture determine other aspects such as ways ofcommunicating. Adapting to this new culture requires both commitmentand patience. Steps such as observing communication strategies andliving styles are essential in adapting to a new culture.