An Italian woman has revealed the biggest culture shocks she suffered after moving to the UK for six months.
Speaking to a thread on Q&A site Quora, Kiara Bay, 21, from Italy, revealed the bits about British culture that utterly stunned her while living in London for six month.
From Curry selling electronics instead of Indian food and pubs closing at 11 p.m., Kiara confessed she was totally baffled by British culture.
She wrote: “Overall it was a great experience, but there were many heartbreaking moments of culture shock that left me intrigued and confused.”
Kiara Bay, 21, from Italy, revealed the elements of British culture that utterly stunned her after living in the country
From Curry selling electronics instead of food and pubs closing at 11pm, Kiara confessed she was totally baffled by British culture
Sharing her thoughts on the most unusual elements of British culture, Kiara explained: “The culture of pubs.
“I was shocked to learn how much the English like to go to the pub and have a drink because their stereotype is of a stuffy, refined Englishman.
“There are so many bars, restaurants, clubs and pubs in London and people really like to have a pint or a Pimm’s punch.”
She continued: “As much as Londoners love to drink, last call at the pub is 11:00 p.m. In Italy, 11:00 p.m. is when people start getting ready to go out.”
The Italian revealed that she had lived in the UK for six months and said various elements of the culture left her in awe.
Meanwhile, she also revealed how amazed she was at the way Britons ‘cross the street’, saying: ‘Since they drive on the left in London, the traffic wasn’t coming from the direction I was going. was expecting.” So many close calls every day!
Kiara said she finds it confusing that “trousers” means “underwear” and “trousers” means “pants.”
She continued: “When someone says something is a ‘good cry’, it means ‘a good idea’.
“The store called ‘Currys’ does not sell curry. They sell electronics.
Among the things she said that surprised her was the way Britons ‘cross the street’, admitting she had ‘many close calls’
“Don’t Google ‘curry’ after a night in the pub and then walk to Currys thinking you can order a curry because you will be VERY DISAPPOINTED.”
She added: “As a greeting, everyone in the UK says, ‘Are you okay? When they say that, they just mean “hello”.
“But every time I heard it I thought I sounded sad or upset. (Very plausible considering my resting b**** face).
“The word ‘terribly’ means ‘really’ and the word ‘terribly’ also means ‘really.’
Writing on Quora, Kiara said she felt “crushing culture shock” and called the elements of British society “intriguing” and “puzzling”.
She continued: “Instead of ‘sleeping’, Brits ‘lie down’. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it’s confusing in conversation.
Meanwhile, others on the site were quick to answer the same question, with one person Hanya Bella, from Malaysia, detailing how they had become confused about several elements of British culture after moving to the country to pursue superior Studies.
She wrote: ‘It’s more like a wonder the UK has many functioning buildings that are over 300 years old. For example, which stunned me, Cambridge is older than the Majapahit Empire (ancient empire in Indonesia before the arrival of Europeans).
Meanwhile, she added: “Cows around Cambridge. This is specific to Cambridge as a city. When I just arrived I was beyond shocked to see…cows…in the middle of town…right behind King’s College.
Other social media users were also quick to share the moments that left them confused.
Meanwhile, another user, Shamim Chowdhury, confessed that he also experienced culture shock while living in the UK.
He explained: ‘One VERY important thing, when crossing the road – Look Right or Die.
“We drive on the left, so when you cross a road look right first and not just an instinctive glance left like you are used to doing all your life.”
He continued: “Hold the doors open for others – you hold it for the person behind you, they take over for the person behind them etc., do it a bit longer for older people or those with pushchairs , etc. thanks help here too.’
Meanwhile, Petter Brenna Rian said he moved to the UK in 2009, explaining: ‘A big culture shock was the abundance of so-called chavs.
“They are everywhere, especially in the North. They are young, generally lower-class Britons who wear tracksuits and have children in their teens.
“They are also easily agitated. I had seen some on Little Britain, but didn’t expect them to be so prevalent.