Fitting in can be one of the biggest challenges that you face after your relocation to London. It might be easy to find a fabulous apartment with the help of your London relocation services agents, but finding out how to ‘fit-in’ to your new community is going to be a lot harder than trying to fit your double-door fridge into a closest sized kitchen.
When you are making plans for you international relocation to London you need to consider the cultural difference between your country of origin and the UK. While it is true that London is an international city and over 300 foreign languages are spoken in the city alone, there are often small cultural differences that you should know about.
Many Americans moving here think that it will be easier because of the common language of English, but this is often the stumbling block that hinders the settling in process after relocation to London.
The English spoken in England and in particular London may be unrecognizable when you first touchdown. Of course your sear will become attuned to the different accents and you will be able to learn the names of words that are completely different, but the challenge comes in from a cultural and social perspective. Some words and phrases used commonly across England are often considered rude in American and vice versa. It might take a bit of time to figure out ‘what people are actually trying to say’.
An odd cultural difference is the use of PC terminology. We don’t mean words used to describe your personal computer and technology either. The United States is far more ‘politically correct’ than the UK. Many women under the age of about 30 are called ‘girls’. They don’t really mind it in the UK; it’s not a term that is meant to be derogatory or deliberately sexist. If that sort of thing offends you, you may have to swallow your retort and just accept it after your relocation. It’s learning small things like this that can make all the difference to the success of your stay.