Updated: Apr 27
Think about living in a country completely foreign to you. On top of that, think about living in a country where you do not speak the native language and cannot communicate with those around you. Think about what it would feel like. The first emotion you would feel is confusion. You would feel confused about what to do in this foreign country, how to ask for help. Then, you would feel sad. You would think, "Why did I ever come here? How could I leave my culture, my traditions, my language?" You would feel that moving from your home country definitely wasn't worth it. Finally, you would lose hope. You would feel that there could be absolutely no way to advance yourself in your new community as you do not know the people, you do not know the customs and culture, and, more than anything, you do not know the language. This is what many people feel when they move to a new country, especially when they did not move by choice. Many people move because they have to. Therefore, many refugees, specifically in the United States, are not prepared for the lengthy process of assimilating to a different culture. They are not prepared for American society.
In order to combat these negative emotions, the very first thing to do is learn English. This is so important. Communication, as always, is key. If you can communicate with those around you, it will help you to assimilate to your new culture far more easily. It will make the process of adjusting to your new home so much better. You will be able to buy basic living accommodations. You will be able to ask for help when you need it. More than anything, you will be able to find friends. Friends are so important to have, especially when you move to a foreign country. It is important to have someone to trust, someone you can lean on. The process of moving can be difficult, but if you learn English, life will become so much easier.
Finally, and I think this is THE most important reason to take English lessons, you will be able to express yourself. If you learn English, you will be able to express your heritage, your culture, and your traditions to those around you. You will be able to communicate to others who you really are. You will be able to clearly communicate to others where you stand on a particular issue and why. Learning English in the United States will help you express yourself in the workforce and in school. You will be able to let your true personality shine.
I future blogs, I will explain how English can be beneficial to specific people groups, such as parents and children. In addition, I will be giving tips on how to improve English and learn more about the American culture as a whole.