|My friend Steve moved to another country.
|He had lived in Canada all his life, and he moved to Japan.
|Life in Japan was very different for Steve than what he was used to.
|At first, Steve suffered from culture shock.
|His whole life seemed different.
|He was not used to the way of life in Japan.
|Steve was not used to the large crowds of people that walked up and down the streets in Japan.
|In his hometown in Canada, the streets were fairly quiet.
|Steve had to get used to the food.
|In Japan, the people eat a lot of fish.
|Steve had never eaten much fish before.
|Steve wanted pizza, but it was expensive in Japan.
|Steve said that he had to adjust his eating habits.
|The people in Japan have different customs than we do here in Canada.
|Steve didn’t want to offend anyone, so he had to learn the customs.
|He had to learn about what Japanese people considered polite and rude.
|Sometimes, in a foreign country you can do something to insult someone
|without even realizing that you are being rude.
|At first, Steve had trouble with the language.
|He said that the only way to really learn the language is to talk to people.
|Steve talked to a lot of people.
|He made a lot of mistakes, but people were patient with him,
|and they tried to help him with his Japanese.
|It wasn’t long before Steve felt more comfortable in his new surroundings.
|You have to be willing to learn new customs and a new language if you move to another country.
|Steve feels very comfortable in Japan, and in Canada now.
|He is thinking about going to another country now.
|He thinks that he might like to try and live in Italy.
|I’m sure that he would get over his culture shock very fast if he moved there.
|Moving to a new country can be difficult,
|but if you are willing to learn, it can be a very rewarding experience.
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