English Phrases Related to Relocation

Learn useful English phrases related to relocation and house moving.

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English Vocabulary related to Relocation

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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).

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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, a person who sells and rents out apartments and houses) 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 are 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.

English Phrases Related to Relocation

Here are some other English phrases related to relocation:

Up sticks

Meaning: to pack everything you have and move somewhere new

Example:

They would not grant Sam a work permit, so we’ve had to up sticks and return back to the UK.

Pastures new/Greener pastures

Meaning: new place, or activity that offers better opportunities

Like a horse when it finishes eating the grass around him, it will move on. 

Examples:

Tom is thinking of giving up his current job and moving on to pastures new.

Many of my friends have left my hometown for greener pastures.

Home is where the heart is

houses and flats are made of bricks. The real home is where your heart is.

To move on

Meaning: to start doing something new

Example:

I’ve lived with my family long enough – it’s time to move on.

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To go through

Meaning: to deal with something

Example:

There are a lot of formalities you’ll have to go through when you move to another country.

To adjust

Meaning: to get used to something

Example:

It is hard trying to adjust to living in a new country.

To move out

Meaning: to leave a place

Example:

My brother moved out of the house to go to college when I was 12.

To resettle

Meaning: to make your home in a new country (city)

Example:

Many countries provide services to help refugees to resettle in a new environment. 

To downsize

Meaning: to move from a larger home to a smaller one

Example:

My parents downsized their house last year and moved into a smaller apartment.

Upfront costs

Meaning: payments that you have to make in advance

Example:

We don’t want to pay too much upfront costs when moving to a new place.

English phrases related to relocation

To cut down (on something)

Meaning: to reduce the amount, size of something

Example:

When we moved to a new country, we cut down on clutter.

To fill out

Meaning: to complete

Example:

You have to make an appointment to open up a bank account and fill out the form.

To stand out

Meaning: to be easily noticeable, to attract attention

Example:

In societies where people mostly socialise with their neighbours and relatives, you will stand out as a foreigner.

To fit in(to)

Meaning: to be accepted as similar by a group of people

Example:

It’s not always easy to fit into the new country.

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English vocabulary about relocation

To take out

Meaning: to remove

Example:

Moving somewhere that’s going to take you out of your comfort zone is really brave.

To end up

Meaning: to be in a particular situation, state, or place after doing something

Example:

If you were to end up going back, your life and mind have completely been completely changed by this experience.

To figure out

Meaning: to understand something

Example:

There are so many things you have to figure out when you move to a new country.

To set up

Meaning: to arrange

Example:

You can set up your utility bills to be paid directly from your bank account.

So here are my useful English phrases related to relocation. Try to put them into sentences, this will help you better remember them. Use new vocabulary words and speak English with confidence!

More Information

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English phrasal verbs about RELATIONSHIPS

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