Struggling to Learn English
Keng-Sheng Chang from Taiwan
On arriving in the United States, I felt everything was different. There were many new things I had to adapt to. One thing that really took me a long time to adapt to was speaking the language.
I remember clearly that I had to struggle to learn English because I couldn't even write a short paragraph to introduce myself the first day of my English class. The teacher asked me whether it was difficult for me. It it was, I could change to level one! However, I was stubborn and swore that I was going to succeed.
to spend many hours per day, even though it was stressful,
because I wanted to take advantage of this special chance to
study English in the U.S.A. I felt depressed because I
couldn't understand what people were saying even though I
studied hard. Nonetheless, I still kept trying and never
gave up. Now, I can tell you that I have improved a lot, but
sometimes it is still easy for me to get lost if I don't
know what topic people are talking about. To adapt to this
new language, I had to tell myself I could do it. I really
believe I can!