Mistakes expats make in Tunisia

Hello everyone,

Did you make any mistakes when you first moved to Tunisia? What were they?

How did you address your mistakes? Did you learn anything from them?

With hindsight, what would you do differently?

Are there any tips you could give future expats in Tunisia to help them avoid these kinds of mistakes?

We look forward to hearing from you!


Understand the culture and traditions before you go. Not everyone is well versed on the way American and Europeans behave, regardless of what they want you to think.
Also, if you are going to attempt to speak in Tunisian Arabic, make sure that you use the correct word in the proper context.

Of course everyone who moves to a new country will make some terrible mistakes!!  I made many - language wise etc.  But here everyone is so forgiving and will help you out.  I have lived here now so long but every once in a while I make a mistake and have everyone in fits of laughter.

Don't try to compare both countries
Yours and Tunisia !!!!
It's a big NO.
Adjust and enjoy.


This is great advise!