I also had to adapt to the new culture. Things like eating together as a family (which we rarely did in Korea) or praying before eating.
Everyone come down, dinner is ready!
School was even harder to adjust. I had to make new friends with people who not only look different, but also who speak different language.
I could not even ask to go to the bathroom. But this experience hasn't all been negative. Because I had no way to talk, I learned to listen. Back in Korea I use to be a "chatterbox" who always talks but never listens.
I need to use the bathroom...
I would walk the playground practicing the "hard" words while other kids just played. But I admire this experience. I learned to think about the words before I actually say them. Ultimately, by thrown into a new culture, I was able to learn life lessons that cannot simply be learned through textbook.