29 September 2014
My Experience in English Language
I am not a professional reader, nor am I a professional writer. As a matter of fact, I do not like writing at all especially in English, but then writing is a part of life. Since English is my second language, I always have a hard time writing and reading in English.
However, I have had to learn English to survive in this big country. I was born in Thailand. I wrote, read, and spoke in the Thai language almost all of my life. I had English class in Thailand class, but it was just three hours a week. English was not important to me back then until I moved to South Carolina, USA. I came here when I was seventeen. For me, it is very important to write and read the language of the place where one lives. However, my English was very bad. I could read, but I did not understand I read. Every book in English was closed book, no matter how I turned the pages. Also, I could not write at all. I moved to an environment that was totally different from the one I came from. I knew that this would be my biggest hurdle that I would ever have to overcome.
My first day in high school, I sat in the back of the classroom and felt shy about speaking with friends and teachers because I cannot frame a good sentence to express my problem. I did not even go to cafeteria to order my food; therefore, I always bought snacks from Walmart instead, and I took them to school with me. One time I forgot to bring my snacks, so I grabbed some fruit and milk from the shelf. After I paid money the old lady at the cashier said, "Thank you, sweet heart." I gave her a smiling face and I spoke to myself "sweet heart is not my name!" Also, I had difficulty understanding people with an unusual American accent. However, Mrs. Jester my English teacher helped me in each and every step of my problems that I faced. She taught me how to write easy poems. They are called "circle poem". That helped me...
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