Reflective Essay In English

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I was born in Somalia, but I was raised in a small village called Mander in Kenya. When I grew up and started going to school, I learned three languages. The first one was my Native Language which is Somali, the second one was Kiswahili which was used as the national language in Kenya, and my third language was English. In schools in Kenya, the community was not paying more attention to the English language so much as they do to Kiswahili language because they wanted to stick with their language. Everyone who lives in Kenya knows Kiswahili whether they go to school or not. When I came to the US in January 2014, everything was totally different. People were using English everywhere they went, and it was a big issue since though I knew the language, …show more content…
I chose this two essay not because I got higher grades but because they are the ones that I improved as I wrote first, second, and third drafts. For this essays, one of my most challenging parts was vocabulary. When I was writing about small thing, I used many words to explain because I didn’t have a short way to explain the word. Right now I am improving my vocabulary since my instructor advised me to do everything in English and put aside the language I used to use. For example, I listened to the news in English so I could build my vocabulary. Also I used flash cards to write vocabulary words and their meaning and carry the cards in my pocket in order to memorize them. There is nothing hard in this earth it just needs your time, patience and hard work and vocabulary is one of these …show more content…
The thesis for my argumentative essay was “To stop being powerless, Immigrants should learn English for the benefit of their safety, their standard of living, and in order to understand the rules and regulations of the country.” This is a good thesis statement because it connects the entire essay and the reader will follow the concept. I started reading the comments of my papers which was written by fellow classmates and the instructor and I improved. Today I know how to connect my ideas together by using transition words such as on the other hand, as a result, furthermore etc. Writing 51 helps me to get in my major while I built my skills of writing which I need in the

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