The Expert Expatriate (Expat) - Your Guide to Successful by Melissa Brayer Hess & Patricia Linderman

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In one tragic case, a four-year-old expatriate child was killed while standing on a transformer to wash his hands at a bathroom sink. Be sure to operate transformers on a dry, fire-resistant surface (such as ceramic tile), and keep them unplugged when not in use. By the way, electric clocks and some other devices with internal timers (such as washing machines) will not function properly on the “wrong” number of Hertz, even with a transformer. Bring battery-operated or voltage-switchable clocks (see below), or purchase new ones when you arrive.

Have extra passport-sized photos made and take them with you. Renew your driver’s license, if possible, so it won’t expire while you’re overseas. Apply for an international driver’s license (which Chapter 3 35 As a British expatriate in Spain is basically a translation of your reports, license into a range of languages, Every application for anything at available from most automobile all has to be accompanied by at clubs) if one is necessary in your least half a dozen passport-sized host country.

A Word about Conversation A Canadian woman in Japan reports on what helped her most to learn the language. Talking as much as I can. Also, talking to friends who were not Japanese and could not speak English either. Their Japanese was easier to understand and we had to use the common language out of necessity. As children learn language, they are not embarrassed about making mistakes. They may say “he goed” before they learn “he went,” and it doesn’t bother them at all. Adults and teenagers, though, are often seriously inhibited by the thought of making mistakes and sounding foolish.

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