Cultural Orientation for Refugees

Learning English

Learning English in the U.S.

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Learning English is important to a successful adjustment to life in the United States for both adults and children. Learning English will help you take care of your needs, get a job, be successful on the job, communicate with other Americans, and adjust more quickly to your new life in the United States.

Americans believe that a person is never too old or too young to learn new things. Learning a new language takes time, and each person learns at a different pace. Studying English in a classroom with an experienced teacher is a good way to learn English, but there are many other ways that you can learn English.

Here are some things you can do to help learn a new language:

  • Practice speaking English with other English language speakers.
  • Watch television or listen to the radio in English.
  • Use the internet to find online resources to learn English.
  • Attend English classes.
  • Set realistic goals for yourself each week.
  • Keep a list of new words you learn.
  • Try to read the English that you see around you on street signs, on buses, and in the windows of stores.

It is important to continue looking for a job and participating in community life while learning English. Interpreter services are available at places like hospitals and courts.

The local resettlement agency will assist refugees with enrollment in English classes. People from all over the world study English together in the United States. Although students may have very different backgrounds, they all want the same thing: to learn English.

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