Jonas Boseila, center, with his Delphos host parents Ann and James Benfield.
DELPHOS — Traveling and studying foreign languages is not a new thing for 16-year-old visiting German student Jonas Boseila, His decision to come to the United States was centered around language as well as cultural curiosity.
“I wanted to improve my English. My pronunciation wasn’t so good,” Boseila said. “English is the world’s language and you need it for most jobs. I also wanted to see the American culture and people.”
In addition to German and English, Boseila can also speak French and Arabic.
“I learned how to speak French when I was in Italy,” he said. “I know Arabic because I was born in Egypt and lived there until I was 10 with my mother and my younger sister Sarah. My mother is German and my father is Egyptian. My father is a doctor and he was living in Germany because he could make more money there. When I was 10, we moved to Germany to live with him. My mother used to be a nurse but now she works in a private practice as someone who takes calls and my father is head of thoracic surgery in the city hospital.”
During his time here in Delphos, Boseila has been enjoying himself.
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