My name is Yahui. Time flies, I have been in US for 10 years. I finished my Ph.D study in China and got a postdoctoral associate position in Worcester. I was taught English in China starting in middle school. But the English taught to me was mostly about grammar rules and I didn’t have chance to use it in conversation. So I found it was difficult for me to understand and communicate after I arrived here. I got lost during conversation or lectures. My spoken English was not well organized and it was a messy. I was also embarrassed and shy to speak because I felt others couldn’t understand me.
My name is Durga Khawas. I came to the United States on September 22 of 2009 from Bhutan. I was born there but I am ethnically a Nepali. Because of our Nepalese heritage, my family and many other Nepalese families in Bhutan were harshly discriminated against and we ended up in refugee camps in Nepal for a long time. It was wonderful to be allowed into the United States 5 years ago. There are over 250 Nepalese families living in Worcester now who originally lived in Bhutan.
My name is Ban Yaqoob. I am a refugee from Iraq. My family and I have been in the United States for three years and a few months. I have two children, one son in high school and a daughter in college. When I first came to Worcester, I attended classes at Literacy Volunteers to learn English. I waited a long time for a tutor. We have been meeting every week for almost one and a half years. I need to learn to speak English so that I can communicate in my daily life. I am thankful to Literacy Volunteers and my teacher for helping me with my goal.
My name is Agueda Rivadeneyra. I am from Mexico. I have been in the US for 2 years. I am taking English Classes with the Literacy Volunteers. I want to learn English because I need to communicate with the people in this country. My husband and I came from Mexico to North Grafton, Ma. because my youngest son began high school.
My name is Elena Sokolova and I am from Russia. I came to this country so that my son could have a better future in the USA. I want to improve my English because I want to feel comfortable and communicate with other Americans and I would like to build my future in this country too. My tutor is Emma. She helps me improve my English and helps me to understand culture and traditions. She also helps me with every day responsibilities such as shopping, doctor’s appointments, and understanding my son’s college application process. With my tutor, I have met new people and visited new places, like Concord, MA.
My name is Bijan Mohammadi. I was born in Iran and grew up in Germany, where I got a BS degree in Electrical Engineering. I have worked in the field of logistics automation for the shipping and auto parts industry as a technical support specialist for more than 12 years. I got married in Worcester, MA. My wife and I have a daughter who is going into kindergarten this year. We decided to live and work in Massachusetts. I arrived in the US late in 2012. After a week a got a part time job at Burlington Coat Factory.
My name is Kwabena Boakye. I am from Ghana, in West Africa. I came to this country because I wanted to build my life here. My tutor’s name is John Matraia. He helps me with speaking, reading and writing English. I take English classes at his office on Tuesday at 10 am. I want to improve my English because in this country everyone speaks English. To get a job or talk with people in offices, or in stores you need to be able to speak English. I like Literacy Volunteers because they are good people and help me. My dream in this country is to learn wisdom [through my Christian faith].
My name is Janaq Rungolarri, I came to the United States from Albania to seek a better life. I recently was sworn in as a United States Citizen on April 9, 2014. It was a very proud day for me, and my tutor attended the ceremony with my wife and I. Through Literacy Volunteers, I have learned to read, write, and improve my spoken language skills by many grade levels. I began my journey here as a dishwasher and I am now employed by the Trappist Monastery full time and I am being trained in the art of winemaking. I am very grateful to Literacy Volunteers for providing the help I need to become a proud and productive citizen.