Though the United States has no official national language, many new immigrants closely associate learning the English language with their new homes. For LCNV learner Natalie, knowing English is a key part of her identity. “I love America…That’s why I need to learn English,” she writes. Read her story, below.
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“My name is Natalie. I’m from Vietnam. I have lived in Annandale VA, for almost three years with my husband. I love America because I live here. That’s why I need to learn English. When I’m learning English, it helps me with everything. I can go shopping. It’s good for my job and to apply for citizenship to become an American. I hope that when I have children I can take care [of them] and help my children with homework every day. I like to travel around the world with my family. I can go to a movie on the weekend with my friends in my free time. I like to watch TV, listen to music and read the news.
Now I love my life but I need to study more English. I feel happy living in the United States.”