Home Germany Forum Germany Guide Germany Resources Germany Real Estate International Jobs

Germany

Resources

City Guides

AGS Worldwide Movers
Join Sign In
AAGS Worldwide Movers

Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Hamburg, Germany

Comments

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Hamburg

Did you receive any cross-cultural training for your move abroad? If yes, was it before or after the move?

Yes, I was enrolled in a cultural orientation course upon my arrival

Expat Health Insurance

Integra Global is a different breed of health plan provider. Smaller, more flexible. Intelligent and personal. Our mission is to make our members feel as safe in their new country abroad as they felt back home. With Integra Global, you're not just another number. Unlike some of the bigger insurers, we are able to provide a fast, flexible and personal service to all our members and our plans are designed specifically for the healthcare needs of expats. Get a quote from Integra Global.

If they speak another language in your new country, do you speak the language? If yes, did you learn the language before you moved or while abroad? If no, are you planning to learn the language?

I studied German for two years before moving here, and now I'm learning more and more every day

Were you worried or concerned about culture shock before you moved abroad?

No

How significant was the culture shock you experienced when you moved abroad?

At first not bad, but then after about a month it really started to set in.

Expats often talk about going through the "stages of culture shock." Examples include the honeymoon phase, the irritation-to-anger stage, the rejection of the culture stage, and the cultural adjustment phase. Do you feel like you went through these or any other stages as you settled into the new culture?

I've been through all of these stages, currently in the cultural adjustment stage, but some times still showing the irritation-to-anger stage.

What, if any, were some of the changes you noticed in yourself that might have been caused by culture shock? These might include things such as anger, depression, anxiety, increased eating or drinking, frustration, homesickness, etc.

I see alcohol in a much different way, since it's a major part of the culture here, and not in the US it was a big change, but I no longer see it as such a negative thing.

I no longer get frustrated as easily when I can't do something 100% correct.

I do however get angrier sometimes when I notice things are different than at home.

What are some things you appreciate most about the new culture?

It's very laid back and fun, and you always know exactly who your friends are.

What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?

Becoming friends with people is seemingly difficult. Also mannerisms and conversation topics are much different and difficult to adjust to.

Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?

Don't let culture shock get you down, you'll over come it eventually, and when you do you'll truly see the culture in a new and amazing way!

Read Next

Retirement-In-Eifel-An Expat Shares What it's Like Retiring in Eifel , Germany

A couple from the UK discusses their decision to move abroad to reduce living costs and travel more. For now, they are living in Eifel, but the locals are not welcoming and they are considering moving again.

Moving-To-MunichAn Expat Talks about Moving to Munich, Germany

An expat living in Munich offers advice on moving to the southern German city. Great advice on getting a drivers license, renting a flat, and more.

8 Best Places to Live in Germany

Expats love Germany for its historic towns, festivals, Christmas markets and diversity. In this article, we cover 8 of the best places to live in Germany.

5 Tips for Tech Jobs in Berlin

Expats in Berlin live in one of the biggest tech hubs in Europe. There are companies that range anywhere from large corporations to budding start up, and these are able to attract talent from all over the world.

AGS Worldwide Movers

Write a Comment about this Expat Report

Sign In to post a comment.

Comments about this Report

guest
Jan 11, 2011 17:58

Okay, I'll share a cultural tidbit I learned about Germany just TODAY, though I have lived here in Deutschland quite a few years! Here's the scenario: I said to my friend "I want to take a birthday present to my neighbor who will be 92 years old eight days from now. Shall we walk to her house now?" My friend looked absolutely horrified! "Her birthday is EIGHT days away?? You MUST NOT take her a present early! Elderly people consider it BAD LUCK to receive a present early -- whereas young people wouldn't mind!" replied my friend. How's that for a cultural tidbit??

Join Today (free)

Join Expat Exchange to meet expats in your area or get advice before your move. It's FREE and takes 1 minute!

Germany Guide
Other Links
Our Story Our Team Contact Us Submit an Article Advertising Travel Warnings

Copyright 1997-2018 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal