I think it all comes down to how much you atually "embrace" the culture of the foreign country you're living in. If you stick to interaction with people that aren't natives from that country, it doesn't really matter how many years have passed. I'm from Portugal and I have family who emigratted to different countries of the World and while my cousins who went to the US 10 years ago are now "americanized", my other uncle who went to France and has been there with his family for over 20 years speaks French rather badly and doesn't interact with French people at all since he lives in a community with mostly Portuguese people. It's not as easy as it seems to "absorb" other people's cultures.Originally posted by berthes ghost
After 10 years (the ten years in question being as a developing young adult when learning is usually swifter and at an age when most of us are learning cultural habits in our native countries anyways), excuses like 'second language' and 'not familiar with culture' are kinda lame. She's not a clueless old grandma fresh off the boat, and it's US culture (which is pretty familar world wide) not outdated habits from an anchient culture.
Not everyone is good at games. That's all.
I wouldn't doubt it happens with Oksana too, given the large community of Russian and Ukrainian people in skating. Yeah, but if you're not good at games either, doesn't matter where you come from.