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Adjusting to US culture, social norms a struggle for some Ohio State international students

from The Lantern

Lin Lu has a great sense of humor, but she might not get the punch line of your joke. Abdulrahman Alsuhaibani is outgoing, but he rarely used to talk to strangers. For some international students at Ohio State, language barriers block more social opportunities than academic ones. Alsuhaibani, a third-year in chemical engineering from Saudi Arabia, said his English instruction began at age 12 with lessons from his father. Before coming to the U.S. in 2011, his family paid for him to take extra English classes at the English Language Institute, Alsuhaibani said. more

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