Moving to another country can be really challenging because of language and cultural barriers. However, migrating to another place is a pretty common thing nowadays, especially when we have all the means to prepare for it: learn the language, learn more about the place, ask for recommendations or find people who can help us through our journey. The possibilities of finding out more about a certain country are endless. However, people cannot be prepared for everything, and that’s where the fun begins. Getting lost and experiencing culture shock is how people learn to adapt to a new place.

Living in another country means that you find something new every day and it is exciting to share your findings with others. Having this in mind, American TikTok user @kayywuerf started sharing videos of what differences she has experienced since she moved to Australia.

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Francis
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2 months ago

i once asked (on BP?) why you put on a price without taxes and someone told me, so you can compare prices without the changing taxes in the differnt states.. but if a product costs 5$ with taxes and 6$ with taxes in a different state, i don't gaf that the taxes are different? it is just more expensive in state b? wth?

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Kaymie Wuerfel is a 23-year-old American who has moved to Australia. She moved to Sydney from Florida in 2020 after she got married to an Australian. On her TikTok, she shares funny and short videos where most of the time, she recreates everyday situations. For example, one of her video series is called “Things I Had To Learn Working At An Aussie School”. Since she’s a school teacher, Kaymie shared how she first struggled with understanding certain things kids say.

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Robert T
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2 months ago (edited)

Not just Australia. True of pretty much everywhere EXCEPT America.

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snipergun
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2 months ago

Also situation in many countries except US...

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Jo Choto
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2 months ago

Yep, still pretty common, even in places where the weather is not great, like the UK, because the cost of running a tumble dryer is excessive.

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In her video series “Culture shocks: moving to Australia from America”, Kaymie shares her reactions to things that are considered normal in Australia and are handled differently in the United States. Besides learning some new meanings of words, she also had to adjust to the fact that refills are not free and grocery bags and sauce at a fast-food restaurant cost something, too.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago (edited)

She is probably talking about soft drinks aka soda coz tap water refills are free in Australia.

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Jo Choto
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2 months ago

I still can't believe that I cannot make direct transfers to anyone's US bank account from my US bank account, but it's true.

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Robert T
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2 months ago

Been the same in the UK for many years now. Bring your own bags or pay for them, your choice.

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Caro Caro
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2 months ago

Yeah, too big, too much in the USA.

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Through her journey of getting to know her new home, the woman shared some positive things she learned throughout time. Kaymie was pleasantly surprised to find out that in case a person needs medical help, their bills are covered by Medicare—a national health insurance program. In the United States, there is no one health care program as it consists of private and public health coverage. In one of her videos, she also revealed that she didn’t know Australians don’t leave tips for waiters as they get a proper salary.

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Jo Choto
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2 months ago

Australians are next level casual about everything.

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Jo Choto
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2 months ago

They have cameras. They'll catch you. I wish I pay at the pump but here in UK, my local gas station requires me to fill up and then go in and pay. Never seen anybody do a runner.

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Caro Caro
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2 months ago

Health food section HA HA HA, doesn't have as much sugar as in the USA.

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Guy MacGregor
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2 months ago

Well... You have to pay for what you order ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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These TikTok videos became viral as people were very interested in the differences between Australia and the United States. It is also a great way to see things from a different perspective and learn something new in an entertaining way. Which one of these “shocks” is your favorite? Leave your thoughts in the comments down below!

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago (edited)

It's a no. The yeah is to say we heard what your saying and the nah is to disagree with what you said. I am terrible with this and say it all the time. But also for another reason, indecisiveness lol.

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HoneyBun Arts
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2 months ago

This is the only Australian reference i know! (They’re flip flops ;) )

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Many people don't realise that US Target has absolutely no affiliation with Australian Target in any way.

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Robert T
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2 months ago

Had to Google it! "It's Australia's Secret Umami Bomb. That's right. It's salt—made out of chicken."

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John Urbanski
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2 months ago

Just like in Pennsylvania. Only recently is beer available in some supermarkets. Not in 7 eleven, CVS or gas stations.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

Business at the front, party in the back. I personally think mullets look bloody awful. But each to their own.

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Robert T
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2 months ago

Looks round for a weedy bloke in glasses. ;-)

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Robert T
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2 months ago

You're likely to get your face rearranged if you try that anywhere other than Australia ;-)

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Robert T
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2 months ago

Shout = turn. Same as British English.

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Francis
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2 months ago

i never understood the american tampons with the thingy :D

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