whats with all the threads?
my second language is english.
and cos i live in a rural area i had to attend local comprehensive.
i really had no choice but to get on with everyone even if i couldnt say a word .
then again, i was a massive sports junkie so didnt take long to learn the language.
english is my third language effectively. i talk to almost everyone in my class...
get on well...
If his/hers english is up to scratch, which a lot of foreign students are, there shouldn't be a problem in the first place. It's more likely the culture shock. Most decent, open minded people will want to make an effort with him/her anyway, on a friendship level.
I often go to France or Germany, and although the language barrier isn't as much a problem anymore, of course it's harder to communicate. But it also means that you really have to start from the beginning, so you end up knowing everthing about each other - plus you end up spending a lot of time together when doing this. Basically, there's not a lot to worry about. If you're enquiring about unis etc, there are lots of foreign circles, and i'd have thought there'd be someone who speaks the some language somewhere.
My Dads first lanuage isn't English. Although now he has been living here about 20ish years he has picked it up well. I don't have many problems talking to him, unless there is a confusion over which word to use (Very rarely now) or I have to explain what a word means, that can happen quite often but it is usually when I use psychology/media terms.
I don't think that it was ever a problem for my Mum.
It can be an advantage as it means that if you learn part of their mother tongue (providing it isn't well known) then you can say you want to leave etc without causing offence to others.