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Winter 2017


After meeting in the ESL classroom, Ana, Samia, Sungeun and Vicky are now good friends and meet regularly to practice their English. In their homes, the four women primarily speak in their native language which includes, Spanish, French, Korean and Mandarin.

Ana shares, My life has changed because I found friends with whom I can practice my English. I feel confident now. We are in the same situation—in a new country with a new life.

Samia loves the ESL program because it is so practical for our life in CA. We learn the rules of this country (i.e. health system, earthquake awareness, DMV rules). I still make some mistakes but I’m not afraid to speak with native English speakers.

These four friends recently attended the ESL Advanced Conversation class together.

Ana Juy, Samia Verbist, Vicky Dong, Sungeun Cho