In this study, I want to research about Arabs’ experiences and culture shock, which they underwent at the beginning of their stay in London. The study will also determine how Arabs feel while in London as well as compare British and Arab cultures, which are significantly diverse.
Culture shock is a very interesting topic based on responses I received after inquiring from Arabs whom some of them include my friends; regarding what were their experiences once they arrived in London. They claimed to have experienced almost similar problems though in dealing with them was more of an individual (due to personality issues). According to “Business Dictionary”, “Shock Culture” refers to, “Sense of confusion, discomfort, disorientation and uncertainty felt by those exposed to a different cultural environment.” Mainly, these are fluctuations, which an individual experiences once he or she finds oneself in a country that is not his or hers, which is “first phase of familiarization.” This phase, everything to the person is strange to the extent of not knowing exactly what he or she ought to behave. Some of the things that seem strange that I will intend to address include use of ATMs, Phone calls and visiting supermarkets. Besides the aforementioned challenges, the newcomer in order to mingle well with other people need to learn the region’s values and morals despite experiencing language barriers in certain circumstances.
I choose to interview mostly people aged from 18 years and above. This included both students in higher institutions and working people. I took a sample of 12 interviewees (7 students and 5 other people) of Arabian origin with the intention of obtaining first hand information, which will act as primary source of this study.
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