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Easy steps on how to make friends in a new country

Moving to a new country can be like landing on Mars. Everything feels strange and it’s not always easy to get settled. It might even feel like the people are speaking Martian. That’s why making friends in a new country is so important. Friends can be like your guides, helping you settle in and feel at home. They're the ones you can talk to about your day and share your feelings. So, today, we’re going to give you a few tips on how to make friends when moving to a new country to study, even if you don’t speak the same language and are just starting your English learning journey.

Step 1. Be open to possibilities and keep an open mind

It's important to be open to new experiences. Remember that not everyone will be your best friend, and that's okay. Try to be open to different cultures, personalities, and ways of life. You might discover hidden talents, learn something new, and even make unexpected friends. Smile, make eye contact, and be ready for new experiences and friendships.

Step 2: Learn basic local greetings to make friends

When you travel to a new country, it's a good idea to learn a few words and phrases in the local language. This will help you show respect, connect with the locals and make new friends. Even if it's just a simple "hello" or "thank you," this can make a big difference in breaking language challenges and making friends in a new country. English Path's courses can help you learn basic phrases in English!

Step 3: Hang out with your classmates

Remember the guys you sit next to in English class? They are also learning the same language and going through the same difficulties as you are. They should be on the top of your list when you're thinking about making friends in a new country. You could do things like hang out, grab lunch together, practise English after class, or explore the city on weekends. Since you are all in the same situation, why not stick together?

Step 4: Talk to your neighbours

Who knows the best places to get pizza or the secret shortcut to the nearest park or places to go shopping? Your neighbours! Even if they don't speak perfect English, a friendly smile and wave can go a long way. Try saying "hello" to them and strike up a conversation. Before you know it, you could make new friends who could become your go-to guides for all things local.

Step 5: Join a class or group based on your interests

Do you like painting, sports, or volunteering? Find a class or group that shares your passion! Whether it's pottery, cooking, or soccer, joining a class for something you love is a great way to meet like-minded people. It's a great way to meet people, even if English isn't their thing. Plus, you'll have fun doing what you love while making new friends!

Step 6: Go to as many events as you can

Be sure to check out local events, movie nights, music festivals, and gatherings in your area. These events provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere to learn about the local culture and make new friends. So, don't stay indoors all the time – go out there and join the fun!

Step 7: Use the power of social media

Did you know that social media can help you feel more at home in a new country? You can find other people from your home country or join groups for English language learners. You can also follow local event pages and connect with people who share your interests. This is an easy way to start chatting and making friends in a new country.

Step 8: Step out of your comfort zone

Sometimes, making friends means breaking out of your comfort zone. Don't spend all day in your room. Try going outside and exploring new things. You never know who you might meet. Maybe grab a coffee with someone new, join a game you've never played, or say yes to an unexpected invitation. You never know who you might connect with! 

Step 9: Make an effort to stay connected

It's totally normal for making friends in a new country to take some time. Don't worry if you don't hit it off right away. Keep trying and put yourself out there in social settings. Exchange phone numbers or social media handles and stay in touch with new people you meet. Ask them to hang out for a coffee, a walk, or to do something fun together. Just remember, friendships take time and effort to grow, so keep trying!

Step 10: Be brave and take a chance on yourself!

You need to take a chance on yourself and believe that you can make friends and have fun in your new home. Remember, even if you feel like an outsider, you can find your tribe, your people. So, don't be afraid to say hello and get ready for an exciting journey filled with laughter, learning, and friendship!  

Making friends in a new country takes time. Don't worry; just be patient and open-minded. Try to find ways to connect with others and make an effort to talk and laugh with them. It may take some time, but eventually, you'll learn how to make friends. At English Path, we will be with you all the way! 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about how to make friends in a new country

A1. Start by being friendly and saying hello! Join groups or classes where you can meet people who like the same things you do.

A2. Absolutely! Making friends in a new country is not always easy; it takes time and effort to build a strong bond with someone. If you are struggling to make friends, don't feel bad or let it worry you. Keep trying and don't give up. It's important to be patient and keep meeting new people. 

A3. Everywhere! English classes, sports teams, hobby clubs, libraries, parks – just say "Hello!" Join local events, talk to neighbours, and even chat with shopkeepers. Think of openness as your magic key!

A4. Discover new passions! Take a cooking class, learn a new sport, volunteer at an animal shelter. Hobbies bring people together, and you might find hidden talents along the way!

A5. Share it! Explain traditions with patience and kindness. Be curious about their culture, too, and remember, friendship is about learning from each other and celebrating differences.