Many of you I am sure have or will at some time in the future relocate to an English speaking country. Here is my experience with some English phrases related to relocation.
Moving home is a very stressful (worrying) time and is the top 4 list of the most stressful (comparative format of stressful) life experiences. I believe that when you relocate to another country then that stress is multiplied by a factor of 2 or 3 (two or three times greater).
I recently relocated within Europe but to a different country. The idea of a move (relocation) is always exciting and a bit of an adventure. However when you actually do it and try to organise everything to fall into place (to happen at the same time) it can be extremely tricky (difficult) as problems you did not envisage (think about) arise and knock you off track (delay or prevent you from completing your task).
Usually you need to have an apartment selected (chosen) before you arrive unless you are going to spend some time living out of a suitcase (literally all your clothes in a suitcase in a hotel room). You need to locate an apartment but it is impossible without the help of a real estate agent (realtor) who knows the market in the city you are moving to. Then you have to, as happened with me, register with the local authorities but to do that you need a permanent address. So it is a bit of a “chicken and egg” situation! (What came first the chicken or the egg? What do you do first?) so should you register first or rent? Then you need to organise utilities (phone, internet, water, electricity and heating).
These are all achievable (can be done) assuming there is no language issues. There was of course in my situation as I did not speak the local language. Luckily I discovered (found) a specialist who assisted poor people like me and offered to bring me around (introduce me to) the appropriate services that I needed. This of course cost me a fee but it was invaluable (very useful).
Of course in the modern world of a cashless society (credit and debit cards only) you also need to have a local bank account so that rent payments and utility bills can be set up (arranged) as direct debits on your account (payments that are deducted monthly from your account).
It always works out well in the end (eventually) and you can start to enjoy your new surroundings.
Here are some other English phrases related to relocation:
To up sticks – to pack everything you have and move some where new
Pastures new – like a horse when it finishes eating the grass around him will move on. So when we move on we go to pastures new.
Greener pastures – similar to “pastures new”. To move on to something better.
Time to improve your English vocabulary!