I have a new friend and he is a new comer here. He needs to adapt to the culture here. Last week he told me that he felt uncomfortable. Yesterday, he said that he felt at home. He has been two weeks here.

My question is, how do I say, "he finally felt comfortable here"? Is there any idiomatic expression? I checked in a dictionary and found: feel at home

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    Felt at home works. – Richard Kayser Nov 10 '16 at 0:25
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    You could say "He feels that he is settling in." – Kate Bunting Nov 10 '16 at 17:27
  • Also: he accommodated himself. – Alan Carmack Nov 13 '16 at 20:45

Adding on Kate Bunting's comment.

After some initial anxiety, yesterday, two weeks after arriving, my new friend finally admitted to settling in.


settle in v.
To become established or comfortable in a new environment or circumstance:
It took a month for us to settle in after the move. We'll come visit you after you get settled in.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • CW wouldn't be the worst idea when making an answer this way. – Helmar Nov 13 '16 at 18:20
  • @Helmar, can you please clarify? What is CW? – alwayslearning Nov 13 '16 at 18:22
  • Community Wiki. There's a check box if you edit your answer. This is one: english.stackexchange.com/questions/333406/… It's used when answering with someone else's comment after a time to provide an answer that can be accepted without seeming to steal since you won't get any reputation. Another use is to invite other people to contribute to the same answer. – Helmar Nov 13 '16 at 18:28
  • @Helmar, thanks for this. I have edited the answer to make it CW. – alwayslearning Nov 13 '16 at 18:30

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