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orientation • reflection • adjust
physical • new culture
  1. It is always difficult to adjust to a when you first arrive in a place.
  2. How much time did it take to to the altitude?
  3. Before we start training next week we will have a group .
  4. I think you need to so some self- and decide what you really want to do with your life.
  5. The job made him tired, but it felt nice to do some  work.
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We usually have a short orientation.

An 'orientation' is a meeting or a tour where people are introduced to a new job, place or activity.  Notice the following:

  1. There's an orientation for new students at the university tomorrow.
  2. All new employees must attend the company orientation.

reflection time

We have a reflection time about what happened that day.

When we 'reflect,' we think carefully about an experience we have had.  Notice the following:

  1. After the loss, the team had a reflection time.
  2. The long flight home was a time of reflection.

adjust to the heat

Sometimes students don't adjust to the heat of the country.

When we 'adjust to the heat,' that means after some time, hot weather is not a problem for us.  Notice the following:

  1. Thailand was interesting, but it took days to adjust to the heat.
  2. I enjoyed South East Asia, but I just couldn't adjust to the heat.

physical work

They're not used to doing physical work every day.

'Physical work' is a job we do with our hands and muscles.  Notice the following:

  1. Physical work is difficult for older people.
  2. Farming is difficult physical work.

adjusting to the new culture

Sometimes we talk about adjusting to the new culture.

When we adjust to a new culture, we become comfortable with what is different from our own culture.  Notice the following:

  1. Being from Europe, adjusting to Asian culture was difficult for me.
  2. It takes time to adjust to a new culture.