You may be familiar with the Christian holiday of Christmas—you may have even celebrated it in your native country. But you’re in for a surprise when you celebrate it in the United States. About nine in ten Americans (92%) and nearly all Christians (96%) say they celebrate Christmas, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center… Read More

Integrating into a new country and culture can be a bumpy process—you probably know all too well the difficulty of the transition. When you first move to somewhere new, it’s easy to stay in your comfort zone of immediate family members when living in an unfamiliar place. However, if you don’t venture out to meet… Read More

If you’re new to the US, watching television is one of the easiest ways to get to know what kind of people Americans are, what they value, and how they live. Of course, nothing can compare to the real-life conversations you’ll have when you get out into the community and meet people face-to-face—but TV is… Read More

Conversational American English may be one of the hardest languages to master—so many of its words and phrases have meanings that can’t be translated literally. By the time you’ve come to the United States and made your home in Oklahoma, you may think you’ve got the American language “down pat” (meaning to understand or memorize… Read More

One of the absolute joys of helping immigrants get settled in OKC is telling them about our city’s diverse cultures. You don’t need to go anywhere fancy to experience these cultures—it’s as simple as going shopping. You can see just how diverse and delicious OKC is by visiting its many ethnic grocery stores. One of… Read More

When you’re new to a country, staying isolated in your own cultural community can be tempting. We encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone by sharing your culture and traditions with your new neighbors. Getting to know more Americans will help you to become a part of America in a meaningful way. And… Read More

One of the first things immigrants notice when they arrive in OKC is that the metro is sprawling (over 600 square miles!) and that it’s full of cars—so how can you efficiently get around town if you don’t own one? Compared to many other cities, you might think OKC has fewer transit options—but we’re in… Read More

If you struggle to put into words how you feel about living in a new country, try reading someone else’s story. Reading a similar story to your own will confirm and awaken your feelings on your life in America. Reading books will give you a sense a validation. It’s like the authors are all telling… Read More

You have the skills for the job, but how do you make a good impression when you can’t speak the language? Interviewing for a job in the U.S. can be intimidating if you aren’t fluent in English. Heck, it’s hard enough for native English speakers to land a job, so having a language barrier can… Read More