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“Third Culture Kid”? List of idiosyncrasies of other culture

Posted on: April 9, 2021

Is your child “A Third Culture Kid”? And 31 Signs you’re a TCK

Posted on July 7, 2013

According to sociologist David C. Pollock:

Luchunyu via shutterstock.com

Rega Jha posted on BuzzFeed this July 2, 2013:

But, of course, you knew that already.

Source: Ssuaphotos  /  via: shutterstock.com

1. You can curse convincingly in at least five different languages.

You can curse convincingly in at least five different languages.

Source: GraphJam  /  via: cheezburger.com

2. To everyone’s confusion, your accent changes depending on who you’re talking to.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: reactiongifs.com

3. And you often slip foreign slang into your English by mistake, which makes you unintelligible to most people.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: suplainey.tumblr.com

4. You’re really good at calculating time differences, because you have to do it every time you call your parents.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: reddit.com

5. But you also have your computer programmed to help you out when your math fails.

But you also have your computer programmed to help you out when your math fails.

Image by Rega Jha/Buzzfeed

6. You start getting birthday wishes several hours before your birthday, from your friends farther east than you.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: lets-sail-away-love.tumblr.com

7. Your passport looks like it’s been through hell and back.

Your passport looks like it's been through hell and back.

Or, more likely, your passports*, in the plural.Source: Charles Taylor  /  via: shutterstock.com

8. You have a love-hate relationship with the question “Where are you from?”

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

You have both a short and long answer ready, and you pick one depending on who’s asking.Source: Miramax Films/Paramount Vantage

9. You run into your elementary school friends in unlikely countries at unlikely times.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: orgazaynn.tumblr.com

10. You’ve spent an absurd and probably unhealthy amount of time on airplanes.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Source: Paramount Pictures

11. And you definitely know your way around jet-lag recovery.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: gifloop.tumblr.com

12. Your list of significant others’ nationalities reads like a soccer World Cup bracket.

In Arabic: UhebekVia: catwomanlovesyou2.tumblr.com

13. And your circle of best friends is as politically, racially, and religiously diverse as the United Nations.

And your circle of best friends is as politically, racially, and religiously diverse as the United Nations.

Via: eyesareout.wordpress.com

14. Which is great, except that you “hang out” more online than in real life.

Which is great, except that you "hang out" more online than in real life.

Source: XKCD  /  via: xkcd.com

15. So when you do see your best friends, you lose it a little.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: green-grass-of-the-shire.tumblr.com

16. You’ve had the most rigorous sensitivity training of all: real life.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Always take your shoes off in a Thai household, but never show the soles of your feet to an Arab.Via: vh1.tumblr.com

17. You get nervous whenever a form needs you to enter a “permanent address.”

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: thegiflibrary.tumblr.com

18. You know that McDonald’s tastes drastically different from country to country.

You know that McDonald's tastes drastically different from country to country.

And you can rank them from best to worst.Via: edition.cnn.com

19. You’re a food snob because you’ve sampled the best and most authentic of every possible cuisine.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: adriftingintokyo.tumblr.com

20. You convert any price to two different currencies before making significant purchases.

You convert any price to two different currencies before making significant purchases.

Source: CVM  /  via: shutterstock.com

21. You don’t call it “home.” You call it “passport country.”

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: pureblood-.tumblr.com

22. You often find yourself singing along to songs in languages you don’t speak or understand.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: shakpl.tumblr.com

23. You miss BBM, but Viber and WhatsApp will do for now.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: hidden-glow.tumblr.com

24. You’re the token exotic friend in your non-TCK crew.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: littlefairylights.tumblr.com

25. Love it or hate it, you have a strong and well-informed opinion on the I.B. system.

Love it or hate it, you have a strong and well-informed opinion on the I.B. system.

Via: ib-people-problems.tumblr.com

26. The end of the school year was always bittersweet because so many people moved away.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: so-my-life.tumblr.com

27. And, no matter how many you say, good-byes never get easier.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: hairycarmen.tumblr.com

28. But the constant flow of new friends more than made up for it.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: piinkwinemakesmeslutty.tumblr.com

29. Now you feel incredibly lucky to have loved ones and memories scattered all over the globe.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: veemoreno.tumblr.com

30. You know better than anyone else that “home” isn’t a place, it’s the people in it.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: weheartit.com

31. And you can’t wait to see where your life adventure takes you next.

31 Signs You're A Third Culture Kid

Via: virginvelcro.tumblr.com

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