Did you take English before coming to US?

people_stickfiguresI have to be honest about this. I remember being in secondary school- Middle school. It was required to learn English. I don’t remember much of it. Except that I did not have my books on time to begin the lessons with the rest of the students. My parents couldnt afford to buy all the books and school supplies I needed. Once I had the books, all of it was so difficult to do. Not to mention my teacher was an old American woman that used glasses thick as a Coca-Cola glass. She seem to be scary for me and every time I tried to pronounce the words. She look very unhappy with me. I really struggle learning a second language with stick figure people in a book, during Middle School. The school was so kind to help me with the lowest grade in that class just to help me move forward to high school. The rest of the classes were fun.

What did I learned about it? Now that I am fluent in both languages it makes me realized that if a student does not seem to do well in a subject does not mean he will never learn it. It is just not the right time.

Words that I probably learned during those  years :

Hello!, How are you? What is your name? And numbers 1 to 10.

Tengo que ser honesta acerca de esto. Recuerdo que en la secundaria era requerido aprender Inglé s. No recuerdo mucho de esto. Con la excepción de que no tenia mis libros o útiles a tiempo. Mis padres no podían comprarlos debido a que no tenían dinero. Ya que los tenía todo era difícil de hacer. Sin mencionar que la maesta me causaba miedo pues tenía unos anteojos de vidrio tan gruesos como la coca-cola. Era espantosa para mí y cada vez que trataba de pronunciar las palabras, se veía como si estuviera enojada conmigo. Realmente tuve dificultades al aprender un segundo idioma con figuras de palito en el libro durante la secundaria. La escuela fue muy amable y me ayudo a pasar la clase con el grado mas bajo para que asi me moviera a la preparatoria. El resto de las clases fueron divertidas.

¿ Qué aprendí de esto? Ahora que soy bilingue  entiendo que si a un estudiante no le va muy bien en una materia no significa que nunca lo aprendera. Sino que  simplemente no es el tiempo correcto.

Palabras que probablemente aprendí en esos años:

¡Hola! ¿Cómo estás? ¿Cómo te llamas? Y los números del 1 al 10.

Have a Blessed day!/ ¡Que tengan un dia bendecido!

Maria Krawczyk

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