Home Germany Forum Germany Guide Moving to Germany Real Estate Healthcare in Germany
Germany
Resources
City Guides
JoinSign In
Cigna International Health Insurance

Karlsruhe >

Expat Advice: Culture Shock in Karlsruhe, Germany

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

Karlsruhe

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

In a manner of speaking, I am a dual citizen and had visited Germany on numerous accounts.

Expats living in Germany interested in expat health insurance should take a minute to get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA. Get a Quote

Expats living in Germany interested in expat health insurance should take a minute to get a quote from our trusted expat health insurance partner, CIGNA.

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 spoke German a bit from home, however, the language my mother spoke 20 years ago has changed and evolved, much as any language changes and evolves with time.

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

No, not really. That was a mistake

Moving to Germany

Moving to Germany soon? AGS Worldwide Movers is a leader in the international moving industry. Their experience and expertise allows them to guarantee their clients the best quality moving services. Get a moving quote today.

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

Very. Perhaps more so because I did not expect it. Everything was different in the little ways.

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 went mainly into shock. Perhaps it is most poignant when you are in that college-aged phase as I am and you have a clear picture of how you think all age groups ought to be and then they aren't. There was some frustration, that is undeniable and a lot of idealization of American (at least my small midwestern-town) culture.

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.

Frustration, bits of depression, lots of homesickness. Those things get better with time though.

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

The independence. I come from a small MI town, when you want to go somewhere you have two options drive your car or have someone else drive you. Public transportation here is very good, you can get anywhere with it.

What are the most challenging aspects of the new culture?

Getting used to stores closing at 8.00pm and staying closed on Sundays.

Did you "commit" any embarrassing or humorous cultural blunders? If you did and you'd like to share them, please do tell!

Um, try asking what hand motions are considered 'inappropriate' or might have an ulterior meaning.

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

Don't fight it. Expect it. It doesn't matter how well you know the culture, knowing it and living in it are two wholly different things. It does get better, you have to wait it out. Having someone who is going through the same thing helps a lot! Good Luck!

Talk with Expats in Germany

If you're not involved in our Germany Forum, it's a great place to meet others in your area, get answers to questions about moving to Germany or offer advice to a newcomer.

More about Germany

Moving-to-Germany

Moving to Germany

Expats in Germany share 10 things they wish they had known before moving to Germany - from the importance of learning German to residency permits to understanding the culture and more.

Expats in Germany share 10 things they wish they had known before moving to Germany - from the importance of learning German to residency permits to understanding the culture and more....

8-Best-Places-to-Live-in-Germany

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.

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

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.

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 ove...

Cigna International Health Insurance

Write a Comment about this Expat Report

Sign In to post a comment.
addacomment
Cigna Expat Health InsuranceExpatriate Health Insurance

Get a quote for expat health insurance in Germany from our partner, Cigna Global Health.
Get a Quote

Culture-Shock-in-HannoverAn Expat Talks about Culture Shock & Living in Hannover, Germany

Do you need to learn German before moving to Hannover? What are Germans like? An expat talks about living in Hannover, the cultural stereotype about German people being rude, healthcare in Germany and more.

Do you need to learn German before moving to Hannover? What are Germans like? An expat talks about living in Hannover, the cultural stereotype about German people being rude, healthcare in Germany a...

Moving-to-GermanyMoving to Germany

Expats in Germany share 10 things they wish they had known before moving to Germany - from the importance of learning German to residency permits to understanding the culture and more.

Expats in Germany share 10 things they wish they had known before moving to Germany - from the importance of learning German to residency permits to understanding the culture and more....

8-Best-Places-to-Live-in-Germany8 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.

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....

12-Expats-Talk-about-What-its-Like-Living-in-Germany12 Expats Talk about What it's Like Living in Germany

Expats talk about living in Germany. From meeting people to adjusting to the German culture, expats offer a glimpse of life in Germany.
Expats talk about living in Germany. From meeting people to adjusting to the German culture, expats offer a glimpse of life in Germany. ...

Copyright 1997-2020 Burlingame Interactive, Inc.

Privacy Policy Legal