D.K. English, I Don’t Know You

I moved to the US last August. It has been less than a year since I came to America.

When I first came to the US, I didn’t understand English. I knew English, but American English was different from what I learned in school. In addition, I was panicked and scared about being in a strange situation. I felt like a dumb person because I didn’t speak.

On the first day of school, I entered my first class at Auburn High School, and the teacher said to me “Good morning! How are you? Are you a new student?” But it was so fast that it was difficult to understand, and it was different than the English that I practiced in Korea. I was nervous because I didn’t know what he was saying and couldn’t answer. So I just smiled without answering him.

When I did group work, I didn’t know what they said to me and what I had to do. So, I just wrote answers on the paper for the students in my group. I felt really bad that I didn’t know what was going on. I wanted to say something, but I was too afraid that I would say something wrong.

That experience made me want to study English so hard.

Now, I can speak English without fear.

A painting of two students in a classroom. There are three question marks above one student's head and squiggly lines and the words "Hi" and "Me" between the students.

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