Essay Task 2

People who go to live in other countries, should follow the customs and traditions of the new country. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

It is said that people should always follow the customs and traditions of the new country. I agree with this opinion based on two reasons: common sense and mutual respect.

When people go travel and stay for some time in a new country, they are expected to follow the habit in the destination country. For example, people who arrive in Jakarta, Indonesia tend to be stressful because they find the city is so disoriented. They need to adapt to the culture of Jakarta citizens which involves the expertise in using ride-sharing applications and knowing electric train stations or memorizing all the bus stops. Only by doing so can they expect to enjoy the life in Jakarta which is characterized by its messy traffic. In other words, following local habit is mostly all about common sense and to ease your life.

In addition, people also do things based on mutual respect. If you find yourselves in certain area in Asia, such as in Japan or in South Korea, you will be amazed at the many unwritten rules you need to know regarding eating manners. This etiquette related to eating some food such as sushi or any other traditional food, even to how you drink a cup of tea, will be a sign whether you respect or disrespect local culture. In this case, anyone should learn about dos and don’ts before engaging people in their area. It is all about showing respect and politeness.

In conclusion, following people habit, customs or tradition is essential if we want to have a smooth relationship with local inhabitants. It is a gesture of kindness and respect all at the same time.