Ok, so your English is pretty good. You’re working in an English speaking country and everything seems to be going well. However, you don’t feel comfortable with your colleagues, you think they misunderstand you.
How can you better integrate yourself in your new workplace and your new society? We’ll try to help you with this in this episode of Aprender inglés con Reza and Craig.
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What’s the difference between raise and rise?
Raise must have an object, as it is a transitive verb.
Raise is a regular verb. Its three forms are raise, raised, raised:
Our favourite restaurant has raised its prices again.
The government have raised the age of retirement.
Rise does not take an object, as it is an intransitive verb. It’s an irregular verb – rise, rose, risen:
The sun rose at 5.30 this morning.
House prices have risen sharply in my sister’s area.
Something raises something
Both can also be nouns.
The noun rise has a general meaning. Eg. There has been a rise in crime recently.
But the noun raise specifically means “an increase in salary”. Eg. My boss offered me a raise – quite a lot of money. (rise more common in UK English, raise in Us English)
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An email from Luigy
Hiya! How are you doing guys? It’s been a long time since the last time I wrote to you!
So, let’s get to the meat and potatoes! As you might know, I have been living in London for one year and a half (one and a half years). After a tough year working hard, I finally got promoted as an events assistant last month, but I am on a month’s trial. (I must confess without your podcast it wouldn´t have been possible, so many thanks).
I have a huge problem! Because of I lived in Spain for over 14 years I have become like them, let me express myself, I mean, I am a direct person. And, as you know, in this country you should behaviour (behave) the opposite. Besides, because I am still doubting about my level of English, I can´t feel comfortable working in the office.
My colleagues are the most understanding people in the world and they support me in everything but I think I come across as being arrogant, rough and with no sense of humour because I can’t understand their jokes and that makes me feel apprehensive because, trust me, I consider myself the other way round.
Definitely, I have decided to change my behaviour otherwise I will never match at the office (fit in), I hope they bear with me.
So, guys, I need your suggestions. What can I do to soak up the British culture? Which series would you recommend to me? Song? Jokes?. I wish to get on with all of them!
Thank you guys in advance.
Find your ‘tribe’!
Is there one person, at least, in the workplace who you can relate to and who would have a beer with you after work?
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Some windows on British culture:
Maybe it’s as much if not more the British or English 😉 creating Luigi’s problems of integration, rather than the other way around? After all, what kind of people would vote to voluntarily leave an integrated European Union to be less integrated into Europe, as many Brits did in June 2016!
Did you have this problem of integration when you first came to Spain?
How did you deal with it?
Do you have it now, to some extent?
What aspects, apart from language, can prevent successful integration into other cultures?
Do you think different cultural identities are being watered down by globalization? And if so, is that a good or bad thing?
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. Have you had similar experiences to Luigy? How did you overcome the problem of integrating into another society?s
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