Have you ever been homesick? What makes you homesick? What do you miss from your country?
Nicolae thinks Victor is ashamed of his country, language and traditions. How can you become a citizen of a new country and learn about its culture and values while still keeping your own traditions? How can you raise your child to be bicultural?
Nicolae is surprised that Victor doesn't speak Romanian very often. Jess is impressed with how well Nicolae spoke English. Do you know about the benefits of being bilingual?
What is culture shock? Have you ever experienced culture shock? What was it like? Do you know the stages of culture shock? What stage in the culture shock wave do you think you are in?
What are the cultural differences you have noticed between your country and the US? Here are some things to consider:
History of the country, patriotic values
Non verbal communication, gestures
High Context versus Low Context Communication or Direct versus Indirect Communication
Collectivist Culture versus Individualist Culture
High Power Distance versus Low Power Distance
Gender Equality verus Gender Roles
Monochronic versus Polychronic
Live-to-work versus Work-to-live
Rule following versus Rule flexible
Confrontational versus Conflict avoiding
Efficiency versus Beauty
Productivity versus Leisure
Legacy versus Novelty
Here are some videos about cultural differences and living in other countries.