PAWTUCKET â€” For people who are foreign-born, even those who have mastered the English language, imagine their confusion when they hear someone say they had to â€śjump though hoopsâ€ť to get a job. Or their friend â€śreally pushes the envelopeâ€ť sometimes. Or that joke just â€ścracked me up.â€ť
Jimmy Gyasi Boateng experienced this when he emigrated from his native Ghana more than 33 years ago. Growing up in the West African British colony, English was even his primary language, but it didn't take him long to realize that the formal style used there differed greatly from the way most Americans spoke.