My First Day Of School Essay

1712 Words Aug 30th, 2016 7 Pages
“I don’t know” I can still distinctly recall my eleven-year-old self repeatedly saying to anyone who tried to talk to me. It was my first day of school in America and that was the only sentence I could put together in English. I was born in China and lived there my whole life until my mother decided to move to New York. I thought I was just visiting her for winter break, but she dropped me off at school just a week after my arrival. As my new classmates tried to talk to me, I can see their mouth moving but they might as well be speaking gibberish. For the rest of the day, I felt like I was dropped off on an alien planet where my only means of communication were hand gestures. When my parents told me that my move to America was permanent, I knew I needed to learn English as quickly as possible. While I soon picked out words that I recognize when spoken to, I still couldn’t comprehend a whole conversation. And before speaking any phrase, I thought of what to say first in Chinese and then translated into English. Learning a new language was very overwhelming for me, what if I never manage to fully master English the way I do with Chinese? To make the task less daunting, I set up a plan with short-term goals. I gave myself specific tasks that I would accomplish every day. To ensure that I still listened to English when I am away from school, I would spend my free time watching television in English. At first, I could only make sense of children 's programs and cartoons,…

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