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Settling In And Intergrating

Settling in to a new country and integrating with the locals is one of the most challenging, yet fulfilling parts of relocating abroad. The complete process of getting to grips with a foreign language and using it to communicate with locals, is a process which may seem difficult at first, but in the long run will be worth it.

 

There are many new experiences that you will experience when you move to Bulgaria and most of them will be enjoyable for you. It is a good idea to try to live in a similar way to locals instead of fighting the culture; it often makes for a happier lifestyle.

Once you have set up a new home abroad, the next part is to break the ice with your new friends and neighbours. Some people may already speak English, which is always useful in the beginning stages, as you will immediately be able to communicate with people. However, don't get lazy and put off learning the language, there are still a number of Bulgarians who don't speak English. People who are bilingual will be able to help you learn the national language and will be happy that you are taking an interest in learning their language. Some people don't feel comfortable attempting to speak a new language until they have a reasonable understanding of it, but it is a good idea to practice what you know, no matter how much you know.

Part of the integrating is socialising and communicating with new people. So, when you get invited to parties, gatherings and other social events, you should accept the offer and attend. It can be a daunting prospect to enter a room full of new people who don't speak the same language as you, but it is better to go, as it will show people that you are serious about integrating and fitting in. However it is regarded as a polite gesture to take a small gift when visiting a Bulgarian's home.