What you need to know when relocating to Houston from abroad: Texas Translation

August 10, 2012

Houston is a great place to call home but there are certain aspects of the Houstonian lifestyle that might take some getting used to. We interviewed several foreigners that have recently relocated to Houston and compiled a list of useful tips to help make for a smooth transition to life in “Space City.”

Why move to Houston?
The top reason the people we interviewed gave for their move to Houston was either for their own career or their spouse’s. Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, has a good economy, a strong workforce and diverse employment opportunities.

What do you like most about Houston?
Most of the expats we interviewed said they enjoyed the level of comfort they could achieve in Houston and the relative ease of buying a home and starting a family. Other popular features are the friendly residents and the abundance of recreational activities the city has to offer.

What do you most dislike about Houston?
The heat! Summers in Houston are brutal with temperatures reaching above 100 degrees Fahrenheit for most of the season. Some tips to beat the heat: walk slow, talk slow, and stay in the air-conditioning.

What was the hardest thing to adjust to after your relocation to Houston?
Many of the foreigners interviewed reported difficulty understanding the local accent when they first arrived in Houston. The Texas twang can be tricky for non-native English speakers but you probably won’t need a Texas translation guidebook. Most foreigners said they were able to adjust to the language quickly. To speak lie a local, drop the “g”’s. For example: fishing, hunting and dancing would be fishin’, huntin’ and dancin’.

A popular bumper sticker on the Houston highways reads: “I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could.” Houston is a friendly city; make it your home and flaunt your pride like a true Texan!

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