from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British An expatriate.
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- n. An expatriate; a person who lives outside his or her own country.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who is voluntarily absent from home or country
If said expat is doing something seriously wrong, the LOCAL population will certainly let them know.
I'll make my usual, by now dogeared (no offense) comment about foreigners (gringos, expats, ets.) who seem to feel that those who cling to their native culture; live in expat-intensive communities and can only "get by" in Spanish are somehow inferior to those who boldly go forth to become assimilated into Mexican culture.
Being an expat is an excellent confidence builder if you treat it as an opportunity.
On the same note as above, being an expat is an excellent opportunity to develop interests and talents you've always had but perhaps never put into action.
Being an expat is something you don't recover from, in my opinion.
Despite early advice from a long-term expat working in national health care to "work with existing systems and improve them from within and not do an end run", Robin set out very much on her own track.
Spending time with him also brought home the contrast between a short-term expat like myself and someone who chooses to live abroad indefinitely, like Douglas.
The good news is, I found out last week that one of my best friends from high school, who I lost touch with about 5 years ago, is in London on a long-term expat work assignment.
The charity said more than 500 people have called the expat helpline since the start of the year - a 33 per cent increase on the same period the previous year.
Soultraveler, you sound like an expat, which is a whole other matter.
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