A law school writing instructor returned my essay to me with a C+ grade. Although she could not point to a single discernible grammatical or stylistic error, she claimed my writing sounded “foreign”. “Law school must be so tough for you, ” she said, “You probably still think in your native language, and here’s all this English you have to read.”
For the record, I came to the United States as an adolescent, lived here for over 10 years. Later I learned that this instructor made the exact same comment to a friend of mine, who immigrated to this country at the age of three!