Intercultural Word of the Week – Depaysment

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Dépaysement is the feeling you have when in a new, strange place.  The French have several words that describe a feeling of disorientation, but dépaysement has more than one meaning.  In fact, it can mean both the feeling of anxiety one feels when being an outsider in a new place that can leave us feeling unsettled, as well as the excitement we only ever feel when away from home.  The impossible becomes possible and we can be who and what we want in the anonymity of a new place.

Confused teen tourist searching location

Dépaysement can be as mild as a little disorientation, feeling a bit lost, to the full on shock of a new culture.  Literally translated in to English it means de-countrified and is a feeling particularly common to expats and families on the move!


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Dom Tidey

Dominic Tidey is the C.O.O. of EuRA with specific responsibility for new projects, conferences, education programmes and research. EuRA is the association for relocation providers across the globe. We are a not-for-profit association run by our 500+ members in 95 countries. EuRA sets global standards for relocation through our MIM Professional Qualification and our EuRA Global Quality Seal, an ISO based independent audit programme for mobility providers. Dominic has worked with EuRA since 1998 having studied law at university and working in social services. In 2003 he completed his masters degree and returned to EuRA as Operations Manager, spearheading the development of the EARP and later, the EuRA Global Quality Seal and most recently, the MIM online training programme.

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