January 10, 2012
Urara Mikami from Tokyo enjoys spending time with her friends from the Education First Foundation exchange program.
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Not unlike most teenage girls, the three Payson High School students giggled as they sat around the table, lollipops in hand. But these girls weren’t talking about boys or music, they were dishing about the differences between the United States and their home countries. “I think I use a lot of sarcasm and they don’t get it sometimes,” said Mandy El Ebiari, a German foreign exchange student. “I’ll say something and they’ll look at me and say, ‘Um, OK.’ My sense of humor is different.” Urara Mikami, from Tokyo, and Hanna Sauer, from Germany, said they also have language troubles. “I can speak English well, but maybe like something joking I don’t understand. I nod my head and say, ‘uh huh,’” Mikami said.