I have met two kinds of foreigners in places where they don’t speak the language.
The first kind of person sees no reason to learn the language since they can manage with English. The second kind starts learning the language and using it at every opportunity.
The first kind of person thinks of how their stay in the country is temporary, and how learning the language is wasteful. The second kind uses even a temporary stay as a great excuse for learning a new language.
The first kind of person talks about how difficult it is to learn a new language. The second kind talks about how much fun it is to learn a language a little bit everyday.
The first kind of person is frustrated everytime a native speaker doesn’t switch to English. The second kind of person is grateful whenever a native speaker doesn’t switch.
The first kind of person always feel like an outsider regardless of how long they stay. The second kind of person feels welcomed from the beginning.
The onus to be integrated rests on the outsider. The kind of person they choose to be makes all the difference.