Each year, millions of people go abroad to work, study or travel. It's a great way to find out what life is like in another part of the world! You're probably hoping to make new friends and learn about the culture in your host country—everything from attitudes and beliefs to social customs and popular foods. But constantly having to deal with new situations can be frustrating, even stressful.

Homesickness, stress, fear and confusion are all symptoms of "culture shock". At first, you may feel like getting on the plane and heading home. It's OK to have those feelings, and the following are some tips to help you handle the challenges that you will face.

Don't expect to be perfect. You may feel frustrated that you have culture shock, especially since you probably spent so much time preparing for your trip. No matter how much information you read, or how well you speak the host language, it is natural to feel overwhelmed sometimes. If you give yourself some time, things will gradually get easier.

Have an open mind. While it's certainly OK to feel frustration or confusion in your new surroundings, try not to form an opinion about the new culture too soon. Don't think of the host culture as better or worse, just different—you'll be more willing to try new things.

Participate. This is obvious, but everybody needs to be reminded. Just watching life go on around you isn't good enough. You really need to try things for yourself. Don't worry about making a mistake; people in your host country will generally be very understanding and willing to help if you have questions.

Your study abroad experience is a unique and special time in your life—one that you'll never forget. If you follow our suggestions, you'll be able to handle it well, and have a wonderful time. Good luck!

1.What is culture shock according to the passage?

A. Something that you feel surprised and shocked at.

B. The problems you have when you go to another country.

C. The frightening feelings you have.

D. Something different from your own culture.

2.What should you do when you feel depressed?

A. Go back to your own homeland.

B. Talk to someone about your problems.

C. Give yourself some time to get used to it.

D. Stop thinking of it.

3.Which of the following statements is NOT true?

A. It is natural to feel overwhelmed sometimes.

B. Not everything is perfect.

C. Try to form the opinion about the new culture as soon as possible.

D. Tell others about your problems.

4.What is the main idea of the passage?

A. How to overcome culture shock.

B. Why people have culture shock.

C. Who might have culture shock.

D. When you will have culture shock.

A long flight can affect one's biological block, sometimes for days. Air travelers can get very tired and develop unpleasant feelings when they fly great distances across time zones. The natural order of things can become unbalanced on long, overseas trips from east to west or from west to east. This is what we call jet lag. 1.

● Try changing your meal and sleep times before you go

Several days before you travel, start moving your bedtime and hours for meals closer to the times you plan to eat and sleep on your trip.


Change your watch when you get on the airplane. This is playing a trick on the mind. But it can help you to start thinking of the time at the other end of the flight. Try to sleep on the plane if it is nighttime in the place where you are going. Try to stay awake if it is daytime.

● Arrive early

If you are traveling for work or for a personal reason, try to arrive a few days early, if possible. 3.

● Drink water

Drink lots of water before, during, and after your flight. 4. Alcohol and caffeine can interfere with sleep.

● Move around

During your flight, get up and walk around or stretch every so often. 5. Exercise near bedtime can delay sleep, whether on an overseas trip or at home.

A. Play a trick on your watch.

B. This will give your mind and body more time to correct to the new hours.

C. Now the following tips can help you avoid jet lag.

D. Because exercise benefits you a lot after the flight.

E. Avoid drinking alcohol or caffeine a few hours before you plan to sleep.

F. But after you land, avoid heavy exercise near bedtime.

G. Start making small changes while in flight.

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