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People from around the world share their biggest culture shock after moving to the UK

An Italian woman has revealed the biggest culture shock she has experienced after moving to the UK for six months.

Go to a thread on the Q&A site QuoraKiara Bay, 21, from Italy, revealed the elements about British culture that completely baffled her when she lived in London for six months.

From Curry’s selling electronics instead of Indian food and pubs closing at 11pm, Kiara confessed to being totally stunned by British culture.

She wrote: “Overall it was a nice experience, but there were many crushing moments of culture shock that left me intrigued and confused.”

Kiara Bay, 21, from Italy, revealed the elements about British culture that completely stunned her after living in the country

Kiara Bay, 21, from Italy, revealed the elements about British culture that completely stunned her after living in the country

From Curry's selling electronics rather than food and pubs closing at 11pm, Kiara confessed to being totally stunned by British culture

From Curry's selling electronics rather than food and pubs closing at 11pm, Kiara confessed to being totally stunned by British culture

From Curry’s selling electronics rather than food and pubs closing at 11pm, Kiara confessed to being totally stunned by British culture

Kiara shared her thoughts on the most unusual elements of British culture, explaining, “Pub culture.

‘I was shocked to hear how much the English enjoy going to the pub and having a drink, because their stereotype is that of a stuffy, sophisticated Englishman.

‘There are so many bars, restaurants, nightclubs and pubs in London and people really like a pint or a Pimm’s punch.’

She continued: ‘As much as Londoners like to drink, the last conversation in the pub is 11pm. In Italy, people start getting ready to go out at 11:00 PM.’

The Italian revealed that she had lived in the UK for six months and said there were several elements of the culture that left her baffled

The Italian revealed that she had lived in the UK for six months and said there were several elements of the culture that left her baffled

The Italian revealed that she had lived in the UK for six months and said there were several elements of the culture that left her baffled

Meanwhile, she also revealed how amazed she was at how Brits ‘cross the street’: ‘Because they drive on the left in London, traffic wasn’t coming from the direction I expected. So many close calls every day!’

Kiara said she found it confusing that “pants” meant “underwear” and “pants” meant “trousers.”

She continued: “When someone says something is a ‘good shout’, they mean ‘good idea’.

‘The shop called ‘Currys’ does not sell curry. They sell electronics.

One of the things she said that surprised her was how Brits “cross the street” and admitted she had “a lot of close calls.”

‘Don’t google ‘curry’ after a night in the pub then walk up to Currys thinking you can order a curry as you will be VERY DISAPPOINTED.’

She added: ‘As a greeting everyone in the UK says ‘Are you okay?’ When they say this, they just mean ‘hello’.

“But every time I heard it, I thought I looked sad or upset. (Very plausible given my resting b**** face).

The word ‘terrible’ means ‘real’ and the world ‘terrible’ also means ‘real’. I’m really glad we went out on this date. Yesterday it went really well. I really like you.’

Writing on Quora, Kiara said she felt “crushing culture shock” and called elements of British society “intriguing” and “confusing.”

She continued: ‘Instead of ‘sleeping in’, ‘Brits lie out’. This doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it’s confusing in a conversation.’

Meanwhile, others on the site quickly responded to the same question, with one person Hanya Bella, from Malaysia, explaining how they had become confused about various elements of British culture after moving to the country to pursue higher education.

She wrote: ‘This is more of a surprise, the UK has many functioning buildings that are over 300 years old. For example, what baffled me, Cambridge is older than the Majapahit empire (the old empire in Indonesia before the European came).’

Meanwhile she added: ‘Cows around Cambridge. This is specific to Cambridge as a city. When I first arrived, I was shocked to see… cows… in the middle of town… just behind King’s College.”

Other social media users were also quick to share the moments when they scratched their heads

Other social media users were also quick to share the moments when they scratched their heads

Other social media users were also quick to share the moments when they scratched their heads

Meanwhile, another user, Shamim Chowdhury, confessed that he had also had culture shock while living in the UK.

He explained: ‘One VERY important thing when crossing the road: look closely or die.

“We’re driving on the left, so when crossing the road, look to the right first and not just instinctively to the left, as you’ve been used to doing all your life.”

He continued: ‘Keeping doors open for others – you keep it for the person behind you, they take it over for the person behind them, etc., take it a little longer for the elderly or those with prams, etc. thanks helps here too.’

Meanwhile, Petter Brenna Rian said he had moved to the UK in 2009, explaining: ‘A major culture shock was the plethora of so-called chavs.

“They’re everywhere, especially in the north. These are young Brits, typically lower classes, who wear tracksuits and have children in their teens.

“They are also easily agitated. I’d seen them on Little Britain, but I never expected them to be so widespread.’

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