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caballero37
6/16/2017 15:52 EST

Hello, I’m a business student soon to be travelling abroad with my management class at Texas State University. I had 3 questions I was hoping anyone who is either currently living in Chile or has lived in Chile could answer. Our group is traveling into the country soon so any help would be much appreciated!

1. How hard do prospective expatriates find it to adjust from their native culture to that of the Chilean culture?
2. Can you explain some ways to mitigate this cultural adjustment?
3. For those wishing to move but aren't too fluent in Spanish, what are the chances they might encounter an English speaker/English speakers?

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thealexander
6/20/2017 23:56 EST

1 & 2: It shouldn't be much of a task adjusting to the chilean culture given that you are open minded enough to be accepting of the different way people of different cultures operate. Immersing yourself in the environment will do wonders in helping you get more comfortable overall.
3: Something I had to learn the hard way is there is not as many English speakers in Chile as one might think. Using your hands and basic Spanish skills will get you far if you arent too fluent in spanihs. Most chileans who do speak english only do so they can get better at speaking it, so be ready to accommodate your communication to them!

Good luck!

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thealexander
6/20/2017 23:56 EST

1 & 2: It shouldn't be much of a task adjusting to the chilean culture given that you are open minded enough to be accepting of the different way people of different cultures operate. Immersing yourself in the environment will do wonders in helping you get more comfortable overall.
3: Something I had to learn the hard way is there is not as many English speakers in Chile as one might think. Using your hands and basic Spanish skills will get you far if you arent too fluent in spanihs. Most chileans who do speak english only do so they can get better at speaking it, so be ready to accommodate your communication to them!

Good luck!

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Socium
7/5/2017 21:12 EST

I am Chilean so, I will write to you from that side.

1. Sometimes older foreigners non native in Spanish. have a hard time trying to learn the language. So, if your class is composed of young people, you got the winner card to advance in our culture.

2. The main problem of foreigners coming from developed nations, in particular from USA, is that they think their way of doing things on their home country, is the top standar. So, they have a strong prejudice that at the end is a strong bias that avoid learning the Chilean culture. Or the learning curve is very low. If the students come open minded, they can really get the most of their visit.
3. There are English speakers througout the country and many businessmen speak English. As an example, I am a Business Consultant specialized on foreigners

If you read my blog, you may find some knowledge about business and administration in Chile.

Enjoy your visit.

Regards

Teo

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