MY Live in America and Ethiopia – Abebe Workneh

I never imagined I would live in the United States. I was born in Ethiopia, and I grew up in Gondar, but my childhood was not good because my father passed away early. After my father died, my mom helped me with a lot of things, and nobody helped me except my mother. After we finished class, we played football with my neighbors and with my classmates. My first language is Amharic Before I came to America, and I spoke only Amharic. English is my second language. I learned English in high school. Amharic is the official language in Ethiopia, all media translate to Amharic. All sciences classes were in Amharic, so I had no idea, how to communicate with native speakers. I came to America by Diversity Visa Lottery(DV). On July 2014, when I came to America, the living style was different from Ethiopia. When I came to America, I could not speak English very well, I have had good, bad life in America, and in the Ethiopia.

Firstly, my problem in America was communication. I had a trouble communicate with native speakers. At the first time, I did not like America because everything was new for me, for instance, new culture, new life, new people and new environment.   I was suffering a lot thing such as finding a job, transportation, weather and adaption to food. In my home land, I learned all subject by own language. When I came to America, I could not speak much English, but I could speak a little bit. I did not focus on English when I was in Ethiopia because all people speak in Amharic. I learned all subjects in this language until grade nine because Ethiopia educational ministers declared that all students should be taught by their language until they get high school because it was a rule in the Ethiopian educational system. There were some English classes in Addis Ababa, but most English classes were taken in private. I could not pay money because no one helped me , and I lived by myself. The private English school was very expensive, and the teacher in the class did not speak English. I learned a grammar stuff. However, I did not learn how to write essay and how to write paragraph.

Secondly, now, I am learning at the Community College Aurora. I am taking ESL classes. ESL class is good for me because I improve my writing and listening skill. Every week, I go to McDonalds to buy food. It is my first time when I buy the food, I do not know name the food name. Luckily the pictures of the meal helping me figure out what I wanting to eat. I point out the meal I want to the cashier. “For here or to go,” he says. “Take away,” I reply. He asks me the same question again. That time I do not understand each other. We are frustrated. In my homeland take away means “to go.’’ Finally, a coworker comes to helping to us each other. When I take the food, I feel bad, my communication and accent was not good. I never go again because I very mad, and I do not good communication with other people. I always ask myself how to improve my communication. After the incident at McDonalds, I feel bad. I decide myself I will not come back again until my English would be better. I start English class, I watch American movies, and I read different kind of books. Now, I can speak better, I am so happy. I go to McDonald every day.

Lastly, I have a plan graduating college, and I will look a good job to make good money, and start a family. I want to start a small business in Ethiopia. I want to help my family and poor people. In my homeland, there are lot of people who are homeless and unemployed, so for this kind of people I will build a new house for them. The other main reason is in order to decrease the number of unemployment in Ethiopia. I will buy a new house and new car in Colorado. When I get my Bachler Degree, I will start my Master degree.

In general, English is the international language. Everyone knows should be able to speak American language. When come to America, should be speak English. I have had good, bad, life in America and in Ethiopia. Life is school, so I experienced many different things America which have become good memories, I learned new culture which will help me succeed in my life. I plan to graduate in University. I makes a good money, and I will start small business. I would like to suggestion anyone before coming to America to learn language. English is one of communication way for everybody. Which countries come from no matter, must be speak English language. Communication is the key for everybody.

I never imagined I would live in the United States. I was born in Ethiopia, and I grew up in Gondar, but my childhood was not good because my father passed away early. After my father died, my mom helped me with a lot of things, and nobody helped me except my mother. After we finished class, we played football with my neighbors and with my classmates. My first language is Amharic Before I came to America, and I spoke only Amharic. English is my second language. I learned English in high school. Amharic is the official language in Ethiopia, all media translate to Amharic. All sciences classes were in Amharic, so I had no idea, how to communicate with native speakers. I came to America by Diversity Visa Lottery(DV). On July 2014, when I came to America, the living style was different from Ethiopia. When I came to America, I could not speak English very well, I have had good, bad life in America, and in the Ethiopia. Firstly, my problem in America was communication. I had a trouble communicate with native speakers. At the first time, I did not like America because everything was new for me, for instance, new culture, new life, new people and new environment. I was suffering a lot thing such as finding a job, transportation, weather and adaption to food. In my home land, I learned all subject by own language. When I came to America, I could not speak much English, but I could speak a little bit. I did not focus on English when I was in Ethiopia because all people speak in Amharic. I learned all subjects in this language until grade nine because Ethiopia educational ministers declared that all students should be taught by their language until they get high school because it was a rule in the Ethiopian educational system. There were some English classes in Addis Ababa, but most English classes were taken in private. I could not pay money because no one helped me , and I lived by myself. The private English school was very expensive, and the teacher in the class did not speak English. I learned a grammar stuff. However, I did not learn how to write essay and how to write paragraph. Secondly, now, I am learning at the Community College Aurora. I am taking ESL classes. ESL class is good for me because I improve my writing and listening skill. Every week, I go to McDonalds to buy food. It is my first time when I buy the food, I do not know name the food name. Luckily the pictures of the meal helping me figure out what I wanting to eat. I point out the meal I want to the cashier. “For here or to go,” he says. “Take away,” I reply. He asks me the same question again. That time I do not understand each other. We are frustrated. In my homeland take away means “to go.’’ Finally, a coworker comes to helping to us each other. When I take the food, I feel bad, my communication and accent was not good. I never go again because I very mad, and I do not good communication with other people. I always ask myself how to improve my communication. After the incident at McDonalds, I feel bad. I decide myself I will not come back again until my English would be better. I start English class, I watch American movies, and I read different kind of books. Now, I can speak better, I am so happy. I go to McDonald every day. Lastly, I have a plan graduating college, and I will look a good job to make good money, and start a family. I want to start a small business in Ethiopia. I want to help my family and poor people. In my homeland, there are lot of people who are homeless and unemployed, so for this kind of people I will build a new house for them. The other main reason is in order to decrease the number of unemployment in Ethiopia. I will buy a new house and new car in Colorado. When I get my Bachler Degree, I will start my Master degree. In general, English is the international language. Everyone knows should be able to speak American language. When come to America, should be speak English. I have had good, bad, life in America and in Ethiopia. Life is school, so I experienced many different things America which have become good memories, I learned new culture which will help me succeed in my life. I plan to graduate in University. I makes a good money, and I will start small business. I would like to suggestion anyone before coming to America to learn language. English is one of communication way for everybody. Which countries come from no matter, must be speak English language. Communication is the key for everybody.

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