Does It Take A Long Time To Make Friends In A New Country?

Does it take a long time to make friends in a new country?
Does it take a long time to make friends in a new country? Photo by Brodie Vissers from Burst.

Does it take a long time to make friends in a new country? Many people seem to think so. Recently, I met someone who has made so many friends since she moved here a few months ago that her social calendar is full. And on top of that, she speaks very little English. To find out how she did this, here’s her story–A busy social life with little English in Seattle.

In my work, I have the opportunity to observe the transition process of those who moved to this country. Not just cultural transition, but language, and also social.

Make Cultural Adjustments With Ease

What you can do in your everyday life

Some adjust to their new life with relative ease; some with more challenges. In one of my previous articles, I shared tips on How to use your five senses to help with cultural adjustment. This would be a good starting point if you are new to this culture and want to have an easier time adjusting to your new life.

How to help your children adjust

And if you moved here with children, here is an article on How to help children adjust to a new culture.

How to connect professionally

Let’s say you moved here for a job, and already met some colleagues from work. And you want to build your business network even further. Here is an article on How to build professional connections in a new country.

I hope some of these tips will help you quickly and smoothly transition to your new life in a new country. Start with the ones that feel comfortable to you. Then experiment with some of the others. Once you start making new friends who are also adjusting to this culture, you will find even more ways.

Enjoy this process. It really is a creative work of art–to shape your life the way you want it to be in a whole new environment.

If you fine this blog helpful, here is one on How to make friends easily in Seattle.

Estrella Chan coaches immigrants and international professionals in English fluency, interview skills, and public speaking.    To schedule a session with her, please email

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