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Author turns new language into old friend

January 26, 2014

PAWTUCKET — 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 “jump though hoops” to get a job. Or their friend “really pushes the envelope” sometimes. Or that joke just “cracked me up.”

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.

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