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Reverse Culture Shock

Reverse Culture Shock {Also called “Reentry Shock”}  A few days ago, my cousin paid me a compliment. She said,”I think your years in the Middle East have caused you to lose touch with mainstream America.” I had been worried that I had … Continue reading

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Multi-Lingual Family Life

Multi-Lingual Family Life An Entreaty From One Who Learned (the Hard Way) When a Western woman marries a Saudi man, and moves to Saudi Arabia, she is faced with a language barrier. Her MIL  likely will not speak much English. … Continue reading

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A Walk on the Wild Side

 Before I went to Saudi Arabia in 1986 to work at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital, I bought a small book of Arabic phrases. The language, with its strange guttural sounds not made in English, and its curvy script read … Continue reading

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