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International Students at UEM -Culture Shock?
Listen? Can you identify all those foreign languages being spoken on campus this year? Do you understand any of them?
Exchange students from dozens of countries have chosen UEM for their semester or year abroad and during our "Orientation Week for International Students" I got to meet several of them. Some happily discovered that there are many students from their home countries, others found themselves quite alone in the crowd and were very happy to make new friends. We talked about what courses and activities are offered on campus, and encouraged them to make lots of Spanish friends.
In the session about Culture Shock, they talked about how customs differ from country to country. The Mexican students said the Spanish food is too bland. They want to put "chile" on everything! And they are getting used to saying "vosotros" because they only use "ustedes" in Mexico. They are surprised by all the Spanish expressions like "tío" and "vale". The Northern Europeans and North Americans are surprised by all the kissing. Everywhere the foreign students looked, someone, just back from summer vacation, was hugging or kissing a friend or co-worker. What a friendly country! And not one kiss, but 2!
Erasmus, Garcilaso, Laureate..... Welcome to all the UEM exchange students!
chosen: choose/chose/chosen: eligir
abroad: en el extranjero
quite alone: bastante solo
culture shock: choque cultural
too bland: demasiado so-so
getting used to +(verb) ing: acostumbrarse a