“I Want to be Independent”

March 27, 2019 at 8:01 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I Want to be Independent”

A new job, the ability to speak with doctors, the freedom to understand a bus schedule – for new residents of the United States, all of these things stem from the independence that learning English provides. LCNV learner Sabur writes in her essay that English will help her to “go outside alone” and navigate the world without the help of others. For LCNV’s learners, English classes open doors of independence and possibility. Read Sabur’s essay, below.

Would you like to ensure that learners like Sabur have access to affordable English classes throughout Northern Virginia? Visit lcnv.org/donate to support beginning-level English programs.

“I want to learn English because I want to help my children with their homework. I would like to communicate with other people. I want to be independent in the USA so I can go outside alone. I would like to complete my education to get a better job in my country. English is the most important language in the world. If I learn English then I can travel anywhere in the world.”

“I Have Improved”

March 20, 2019 at 8:09 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I Have Improved”

For newly arrived residents of the United States, learning English is a gateway to the outside world. LCNV learner Semainesh writes about this in her essay, stating that “communicating was always a struggle for me since I arrived in the United States.” Luckily for Semainesh and 1500 other learners every year, LCNV’s programs are easily accessible throughout Northern Virginia, giving speakers of other languages the opportunity to learn English. Semainesh’s story underscores the importance of learning English in ensuring that all residents can be engaged in their communities.

You can help LCNV’s learners advance in their studies and reach out to their neighbors by becoming a part of LCNV’s volunteer team! Visit lcnv.org/volunteer to find out how you can get involved.

“Learning English improved my life in many ways, now that I can communicate with the outside world easier, without struggling. Communicating was always a struggle for me since I arrived in the United States. As soon as I heard about this English program, I wanted to register as soon as possible. Thanks to Ms. Martin and Ms. Hill’s help I have improved a lot, especially in communicating.

One of the reasons I believe that learning English improved my life is because I noticed myself reading a lot which helped me in many ways, mostly while grocery shopping. Grocery shopping needs a lot of reading. English isn’t a big part where I came from, mostly everything is written in my native language. Attending English class helped me improve reading and even pronouncing words correctly.

Learning English improved my life because I struggled a lot understanding what people were saying to me in English and usually I would use my daughter to come and interpret for me. Learning English was one of the difficulties I faced because of the years that I haven’t been at school.

Thanks to the teachers, I improved a lot.”

“I Want to Achieve Something”

March 13, 2019 at 8:01 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I Want to Achieve Something”

Today at the James Lee Community Center, immigrants who have passed their citizenship exam will become United States citizens during a USCIS Naturalization Ceremony. One of these new United States citizens is Phuong, an LCNV learner originally from Vietnam. In her essay below, Phuong writes about her time in the United States, her discovery of LCNV’s English classes, and her dreams for the future. All of us at LCNV are so proud of Phuong for her dedication to learning English, and we congratulate her on achieving citizenship!

Learning English is a vital part of becoming a US Citizen. If you would like to help your neighbors learn English, consider volunteering with LCNV. You can find more information at lcnv.org/volunteer.

“My name is Phuong. I arrived in the United States from Vietnam five years ago. I knew that I had a lot of work to do to improve my English so that I could find a job. I have been taking English classes since June 2015 at LCNV. Before I came here I did not understand English when people were talking with me. I was scared to go out on the street. Now I feel happier than [before]. I think that I will have to learn English for a long time. I want to achieve something, and I want to see myself be better at English in the future for my life. I’d like to thank all the teachers at LCNV.”

Narmen’s Story

March 6, 2019 at 7:52 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Narmen’s Story

Nearly 14% of Northern Virginia households can be considered linguistically isolated. LCNV’s focus on teaching English language literacy together with practical life skills helps learners break through that isolation and anxiety. LCNV learner Narmen writes about this in her essay, where she explains how learning English with LCNV has given her the confidence to navigate life, from communicating with her doctor to accessing the area’s transit options.

If you would like to help your neighbors break out of linguistic isolation, consider volunteering with LCNV. Visit lcnv.org/volunteer for more information.

“Learning English improves my life. It helps me if I go to the doctor to feel [better]. Before I was nervous all the time because I couldn’t speak English. Now I am so happy. I talk to my friends and my neighbors. I can watch TV. I can understand and I can read stories in the books. If I need to travel now, it is easy for me. I can read my travel times. I can ask someone about everything I need.”

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