“I wish I had a beautiful day like cherry blossoms every day!”

March 25, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “I wish I had a beautiful day like cherry blossoms every day!”

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Language truly opens doors for everyone; it is one of the first thing we learn as children and it develops with us. Moving to a new home where you don’t have a strong grasp of the language is one of the most difficult things a person can have to go through. To know what you want to say but not how to communicate it to another person can cause anxiety and frustration. Learning the new language gives one back their confidence and the ability to take control of their own life. Take this testimonial from Seo-Hui:

            “One day in October, the sky resembled blue topaz and I came to America for the first time in my life. That moment seems like a few days ago, but half a year has already passed. At Dulles International Airport immigration, I answered only five sentences. It can be called only five words “How are you”, “Yes”, “No”, “Thank you”, “Goodbye”. Everyone in Korea would agree that Koreans know that it is difficult to study grammar-oriented English, but unless I give a short answer, I have a lot of trouble in my head. This is what I said the most in America for months: “I’m sorry. I don’t speak English well”. However, since February, I started studying English twice a week [with LCNV] at the Korean Community Service Center English Class.

I have more English Skills and more confidence. I go to school by bus. I also go to my house by bus. Now I greet the bus driver I meet most often. When I hurt my arm a while ago and went to the hospital, I could simply tell the docotr why i was hurt. Of course, I still avoid long conversations but in the future, I believe that my American life will be getting better and my English will grow even more.

Someday, I will go to a stranger and ask a question.

The cherry blossoms bloom beautifully on the roadside in the spring in April. I wish I had a beautiful day like cherry blossoms every day.

Like an actress ambassador in my favorite movie: “After all, tomorrow is another day” (Scarlet O’Hara “Gone with the Wind”).”

Her story is one of many that we see every day and there is no shortage of new learners that need the same attention. If you have it in your budget, please think about donating to our organization, or volunteer with us so we can continue to change lives for the better.

By Taking Classes at LCNV, Phuong Improved her English

March 18, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on By Taking Classes at LCNV, Phuong Improved her English

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Phuong is dedicated to learn English, as she knows that English proficiency is the backbone of realizing her dreams, and the first step establishing a life of self-sustainability and independence here in the US:

“I’m Phuong. I live in Lorton and learn English [with LCNV] at the [Lorton Senior] Center. I’m going to learn English because I want to talk and listen in English as well as everyone. I think English isn’t easy, but I need to establish life in the United States. Perhaps everyone living in the country needs the English language. If possible, I am trying to learn English. I want my friends to understand me when I speak, to pay my own bills, and to make my own calls for appointments. I plan to learn English better because I can get a better job, socialize with neighbors, and call when I have problems with bills.

Thank you to everyone who is teaching me so much.”

Due to their diligence, last year, LCNV’s learners realized potentials just like Phuong, including getting their first jobs, increasing involvement in their communities, and improving their technology skills. We are very proud of their growths.

If you believe in our cause, support us by volunteering with us or making a donation today.

Sun Expresses Gratitude towards Enthusiastic Tutors

March 11, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sun Expresses Gratitude towards Enthusiastic Tutors

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Being inspired by enthusiastic, friendly and smiling instructors, our student, Sun wants to convey his gratitude to his teachers. Since the first day as a student at LCNV, Sun has been absorbing very positive vibes through the ways his tutors taught:

“I’d like to write to express my thanks. I enjoyed Mrs. Annette and her associate, Mrs. Patricia’s classes.

They taught in a very friendly way, with enthusiasm and smiling all the time. I learned lots of the format, for example: the topic, topic sentence, support sentence and concluding sentence. I also learned time signals, some basic prepositions and use of places, etc.

I had a very happy time in class and am proud of myself. I don’t have enough time for studying but the decision to come to school was a good decision. I would really, really like to speak and write fluently. I hope I can come to school continuously to learn English. Most of all, I hope I do not forget what I learned in class. Again, thank you, Annette and Pat. I loved your class. Thank you again.”

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“Now I Can Find My Way to Wherever I Want to Go”

March 4, 2020 at 9:30 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “Now I Can Find My Way to Wherever I Want to Go”

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Joanne tells us about her experience learning English at LCNV. Throughout her first year in the United States, she could not understand the road signs. However, after being a student at LCNV an with her English improved, she can now find her way while driving without the fear of getting lost:

“By learning English, I can find my way while driving. It’s been almost a year since I came to the United States, but I haven’t noticed the names on the signs. After I started the basic English class, I became confident. Now I can drive and find my way to where I want to go. I can talk to my children in English at home also. Of course, I can speak very basic sentences, but I feel great when they say I’m good. I didn’t think learning English would be as interesting as this.

“I hope I can learn more from now on and find a job. It is not easy to live in America but by learning English, I think I am getting more confident.”

Living in America is not easy for Joanne, but by learning English, she is now getting more confident to go anywhere and meet new people. At LCNV, we support more than 1,500 students like Joanne every year. If you believe in our cause, support us by volunteering with us or making a donation today.

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