“I Must Learn English”

January 16, 2019 at 8:04 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How many times a day do you read in English without thinking about it? While you’re driving? When you write a check? When you order at a restaurant? For many of us, reading and using English is second nature, and is an essential part of navigating the day-to-day of the world around us. However, LCNV’s learners don’t take English for granted. LCNV’s classes are designed for the beginning-level learner: someone who may not be able to read ingredients at the grocery store, or who may struggle to follow street signs as they walk to a new place. LCNV learner Orfan tells his story of learning English below. If you know someone like Orfan, tell them to visit LCNV’s website or call 703-237-0866 to find an English class near them in 2019.

“I live in the USA so I must learn English language to speak with American people and recognize everything around me like shopping centers, banks, traffic signs, restaurants and government buildings. Also, I need to learn English to get a better job and to communicate with new people. My children’s problems in school need me to speak English with their teachers. So learning English in the USA gives me a new wide field of life and makes it easier to meet all my life needs.”

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English Made My Life Better

January 9, 2019 at 8:38 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

LCNV’s class registration has started! You can find accessible English classes throughout Northern Virginia, and sign up for nearly any class at any location. Call 703-237-0866 for more information or visit lcnv.org/learn. Read LCNV learner Banh’s story below, and don’t forget to spread the word about LCNV’s classes!

“I came to the United States in 2008. I felt awful because I didn’t understand English. I couldn’t go anywhere and do anything. But then I went to school to learn English. I got a driver’s license and became a good driver. I drove my car and went shopping, went to visit my friends, and went to the doctor if I needed. English made my life better. After I lived in the United States for ten years I became a citizen and have a nice job. I feel so happy and wonderful. I am thankful to the teachers who teach me and I like the United States.”

“English helps me”

December 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “English helps me”

While it’s hard to believe that 2018 is almost over, all of us at LCNV are excited for the new possibilities that 2019 holds for adult language and literacy education. In just the past year, LCNV served nearly 1,500 adult learners across all 400-square miles of Northern Virginia. Without your help, this would not have been possible. Below, you’ll find LCNV learner Maryam’s essay, in which she talks about how “English has changed [her] life a lot.” As you reflect on the difference you can make in the lives of learners like Maryam, consider making a donation at www.lcnv.org/donate. Thank you!

“English has changed my life a lot. I am able to communicate with my colleagues better. English helps me learn a lot of new things about this country. With all this help, I am able to create a happy life for my family. English helps me with a lot of things. I’m really glad that I am learning English!”

“This is my hope”

December 12, 2018 at 11:12 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “This is my hope”

Each year, LCNV serves nearly 1,500 beginning-level English language learners, and helps them achieve their learning goals. In the essay below, LCNV learner Nazifa reflects on all the ways that English helps her at work, in the home, and while travelling.

Do you need English classes? Class sign-ups begin in January, click here to view the schedule or call 703-237-0866 for more information.  If you would like to help make these English classes possible for 1,500 learners throughout Northern Virginia, please visit lcnv.org/donate. Thanks to a generous anonymous donor, all increases from your last gift and first time donations will be matched up to $2,000. Thank you!

“I like to speak English for my job and for a better life. I can help my children because English is our second language. I can travel to different countries and talk with people. This is my hope. Thank you.”

“If I need a job, I need to know English.”

December 5, 2018 at 8:00 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “If I need a job, I need to know English.”

In the midst of the holiday season, each of us begins to consider what we’d like to do in the next year. For some, travelling is on the agenda, while for others, getting healthy or advancing in a career is important. Regardless of your plans for 2019, knowing English makes these goals far easier to attain. LCNV learner Berthe writes in her essay, “If I need a job, I need to know English”. She also discusses the importance of knowing English in other aspects of her life.

If you would like to help English language learners start 2019 on the right foot, consider donating to LCNV at lcnv.org/donate. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law, and thanks to a generous anonymous donor, all increases from your last gift and first time donations will be matched up to $2,000!

“Learning English is making me interact with American people. Shopping is easier. If I am sick, I go to the hospital and I need English to explain my problem. When I go to a restaurant, I can read the menu. If I want to go to another state on vacation, I need to use a map to teach me the place [that] we go. Sometimes I need to change money at the bank. If I need a job, I need to know English.”

Mai’s Story

November 28, 2018 at 9:09 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Mai’s Story

The holiday season is in full swing, which means busy stores and crowded public places. For beginning-level English language learners without a mastery of English, an inability to speak or read fluently can make communication even harder during an already stressful time of year. Luckily, LCNV provides classes for English language learners to help improve their English skills. Read Mai’s story below.

If you would like to give the gift of literacy this holiday season, please consider supporting LCNV at lcnv.org/donate. Thank you.

“I am going to English class to [learn to] speak fluently. My English is not very good so I am afraid to talk [in case] someone will not understand [me].
I can now speak better English, and [want to] thank my teachers Corrie, Sue, and Oscar. I learned a lot in class.”

Alla’s Thanksgiving Story

November 21, 2018 at 8:15 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Alla’s Thanksgiving Story

In preparation for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, read LCNV learner Alla’s essay, using English that she learned in LCNV classes to describe her favorite Thanksgiving traditions. If you are thankful for accessible adult English literacy classes, please consider donating to support LCNV’s classes throughout a 400 square mile radius in Northern Virginia at lcnv.org/donate. Thanks to a generous challenge grant funder, any increased amount from your last gift and all first time donations will be matched up to $2,000.

“In every country, people have their holidays. Every one is different and is connected to their history, religion, and culture. In the United States I met a remarkable holiday—Thanksgiving. I love this holiday with its focus on national history, the family, and yourself. The basis of Thanksgiving is the ability to thank and feel the need to thank and that is valuable for the soul. On this day people hurry to their family and say thanks. Already we have celebrated three Thanksgivings with our family.”

Muzlefa’s Story

November 14, 2018 at 7:45 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Muzlefa’s Story

LCNV learner Muzlefa found her first experiences in the United States difficult due to her lack of English. She was unable to excel in her US Citizenship class without English, and wasn’t able to communicate with her doctor. This all began to change, however, when Muzlefa joined LCNV’s classes. Read her story below to find out how English changed Muzlefa’s life.

Consider starting this season of giving by supporting accessible English classes throughout Northern Virginia. You can make a difference! Visit www.lcnv.org/donate for more information.

“English helps make my life better when I go to the doctor. When I first came to the USA my life was difficult because I did not speak English. [LCNV is] helping me to improve my English with speaking and writing, which will help me to pass my US Citizenship class.”

Orfan’s Story

November 7, 2018 at 7:29 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Orfan’s Story

Today, LCNV partners with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to present a Naturalization Ceremony at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church, VA. As we reflect upon the joy and triumph of these new citizens, it is important to recognize how learning English has helped them to become a part of their new home. In his essay, LCNV learner Orfan states “I live in the USA so I must learn English language to speak with American people.” Read Orfan’s essay below.

Please join us at today’s USCIS Naturalization Ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of these new citizens. Find more details here.

“I live in the USA so I must learn English language to speak with American people and recognize everything around me like shopping centers, banks, traffic signs, restaurants and government buildings. Also, I need to learn English to get a better job and to communicate with new people. My children’s problems in school need me to speak English with their teachers. So learning English in the USA gives me a new wide field of life and makes it easier to meet all my life needs.”

Zhour’s Story

October 31, 2018 at 9:20 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Zhour’s Story

LCNV’s learners take part in beginning-level English programs throughout Northern Virginia for a variety of reasons. Some learners want to get jobs, while others want to help their children with school. Regardless of reason, all LCNV learners share one desire: to improve their lives. Read LCNV leaner Zhour’s story below.

You can support LCNV learners just by shopping! Through November 2, AmazonSmile will donate 5% of purchase prices to LCNV (10 times the normal amount). Start here to support literacy.

“Learning English has made life so much better. Before I was shy to talk. No one understood me.”

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