Communication and Immersion
Students who seek maximum immersion should note that regular communication with home can significantly hinder your language progress and your adjustment to the new culture. If your goal is maximum immersion, you should prepare family and friends for the reality that you may be difficult to contact and that, even when possible, regular calling or e-mailing may interfere with your linguistic and cultural acquisition. If something has gone wrong, your family will learn about it immediately. Otherwise, you can remind them that no news is good news.