fish out of water

Fish out of Water – Idiom of the Week

“Boy, it is hot out here today. It seems so much hotter than normal, and I feel so strange. It’s hard to explain, but nothing feels right, and I can’t seem to catch my breath. And why are all these people staring at me. Haven’t they seen a fish out of water before? Wait – I’m out of water? HELP!”

Does any of this sound familiar? Being an expat in America often feels like being a “fish out of water.” Trying to learn a new culture, and being aware of all the differences in how people behave. You probably even wonder if you’re dressed appropriately! The great news is that Apto is specifically designed to help you understand the culture and informal language you encounter each day. And, Apto gives you the confidence to know you’re not a “fish out of water” after all.

This week’s definition comes from UsingEnglish.com:

Idiom: Fish out of water (definition here)


If you are placed in a situation that is completely new to you and confuses you, you are like a fish out of water.

If you’re feeling a little out of place or a little less confident than usual, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Almost all expats feel like “fish out of water” when they first arrive in America. Lucky for you, Apto can give you the confidence and self-assurance you need to thrive and succeed!

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