Tan’s Story

February 27, 2019 at 6:16 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tan’s Story

Learning a second language as an adult can be one of the most difficult pursuits that a person completes in their lifetime. LCNV’s learners often struggle with the sometimes confusing rules of English, from strange pronunciation, to odd rules about plurals. Imagine if you weren’t just learning English as a second language, but in addition to the multiple languages that you already spoke! LCNV learner Tan writes about this in his essay, where he shares that English is his third language.

If you would like to help learners like Tan access English classes throughout Northern Virginia, please consider donating to LCNV. Your support provides scholarships, supplemental services, and more for the 1500 learners LCNV serves each year. Read Tan’s essay below.

“In my country I didn’t study English. I came over [to the US] and I’ve started studying since 2017. I know one more language. This is the third language. I can practice with my friends or study new words and practice.”

Cesar’s Story

February 20, 2019 at 5:42 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cesar’s Story

“Learning English helps me talk to my friends,” says LCNV learner Cesar. As a member of the LCNV community, Cesar has learned how to speak more confidently and effectively. If you or someone you know needs to improve their spoken English, stop by one of LCNV’s FREE conversation classes at the Meadows of Chantilly on Tuesday and Thursday nights and the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church on Monday nights. Call 703-237-0866 for more details, and read Cesar’s story below.

“Learning English helps me talk to my friends. It helps me at work and talking to my boss and customers. It helps me talk to the doctor. Learning English helps me drive.”

“The Language of Science”

February 13, 2019 at 8:27 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “The Language of Science”

LCNV’s learners come from many different academic and professional backgrounds; they are architects and poets; salespeople and scientists. LCNV learner Akbal had a 30-year career in his home country, where he spoke Arabic. When he came to the United States, he knew he had to learn English to continue his professional and personal pursuits. Now, Akbal is learning English to stay on the cutting edge of science and technology, to develop new relationships in his community, and even to watch his favorite English-language films without subtitles! Read Akbal’s story here:

“When I was in school in my country and when they taught us English, I found it [was] a very beautiful language. I like it very much. For ten years at school there were very good teachers. After my graduation from college I got a job but in Arabic so I stopped learning English for 30 years.

When I arrived in the US in 2013, I found difficulties because I couldn’t speak English well like when I went to the doctor, or the supermarket, or going to my son’s school if there was a problem with him. So I decided to learn English again to help myself live and have contact with people, and because it is the language of film which I like so much and I [don’t] want to rely on subtitles. It is the language of science so it helps me to teach my son and it helps me with technology.

The most important thing is I began to understand what doctors say about my health. The English language is commonly used so when I travel to any country I can speak with people in English.”

Antonio’s Story

February 6, 2019 at 8:00 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Antonio’s Story

English can help people achieve their dreams in the United States. LCNV learner Antonio is able to communicate better with his colleagues, speak with his neighbors, and help his daughter in school, all thanks to his decision and love of learning English. Read his story below, and don’t forget that February 9 is your last chance to sign up for upcoming LCNV English classes! Call 703-237-0866 for more information.

“I am Antonio. I am from El Salvador. My language is Spanish. I speak English with my daughter. I got this American visa to fly to the USA. I arrived 18 years ago. I decided to speak English when all the people in my job speak English. All the time I love to speak English. I know I am practicing more on my words with my friends. We don’t have anything similar except for a few words. The difficulty for me is learning because I speak a little more. Now I can speak and can ask anything I want. I am looking for work. It is easier for me to fill out applications and I can speak with my neighbors in the community and in the school. For example, I can ask something about my daughter. I can get my driver’s license. For my future, I want to keep on with English class. I would like to speak excellent English because I want to get my American citizenship. I would like to live here in the USA all my life and maybe get a government job. We are living in the USA. English is important because English is the language all persons speak in the USA. I recommend learning English because you get a better job if you speak English. We can help friends, family and sons and wife with English. Life would be better and all would be happy.”

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