Moving to A Different Country

Conversation

After a quick greeting, use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  • When people move to another country, some of them decide to follow the customs of the new country. Others prefer to keep their own customs. Compare these two choices. Which one do you prefer? Support your answer with specific details.
    • What are some benefits of following the customs of the new country?
    • What are some benefits of keeping your own customs?
    • What are the disadvantages of adapting to the new customs?

Vocabulary

Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
custom (n) a traditional and widely accepted way of behaving or doing something
Even though they moved, they wanted to keep their traditional customs they had grown up with.
habit (n) a settled or regular tendency or practice
She always had a habit of wanting to learn all that she could from others.
cultured (adj) characterized by refined taste, manners and good education
With increased education comes a more cultured perspective on life.
sophisticated (adj) from a great deal of worldly experience
Ever since moving to Italy, he took on a sophisticated palate, becoming a very picky eater. 
integrate (v) combine one thing with another so that they become a whole
The gym class integrated the boys and girls so they could play together.
discriminate (v) recognize a distinction, to differentiate
She didn’t want to discriminate against others because of where they came from.
acclimate to (expression) to adapt to a new situation
Although it was a shock at first, she soon could acclimate to the different temperature. 
blend in (expression) to look or seem the same as your surroundings
She wore the new clothes just so she could blend in with others around.
revert to (expression) return to a previous state
She could always revert to the customs she grew up.
jump on the bandwagon (expression) join a popular trend or activity
Although he didn’t want to like the spicy food, he wanted to jump on the bandwagon of Indian cuisine.

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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