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Querido lector o lectora quise escribrir estas cuantas lineas, para expresar lo que sentimos todas las personas que emigramos, a este pais, por lo menos asi fue como yo me senti, cuando llegue a este pais sin ablar Ingles. Me imajino que asi se deben de sentir todas las personas que no hablan la lengua nativa de este pais.
Dear readers, I have decided to open my story in Spanish to give an example; an idea of how I felt when I came to the United States. I also want to point out how other people feel when they speak a different language. I could only imagine what was going on your head when you started reading my story in Spanish. I may have caused you some confusion, disorientation or some sort of uncomfortable feeling. And yes, that is my point, I wanted you to experience the feeling that I had when I come to the United States. This is the feeling that everybody has when they migrate to a country that speaks a different language. That was the feeling that I had, and even worse, when I first come to the United States only knowing Spanish. I thought “What?” “What is going on?” or “What are they talking about?” When somebody talked to me. If I could describe this feeling to you I would say try and speak to your pet and expect them to give a response.
I remember how embarrassing my first months in the United States were. I remember how much I hated this place! I wanted to go back to Mexico, where everybody spoke the same language, where they don’t make assumptions of your race or laugh of your pronunciation, where the language that you speak is the same one that you read and write, where they don’t discriminate, where the skin, hair, and eye color didn’t matter, where you smell Mexican food and hear Mexican music everywhere, where the weather is not crazy, where it’s warm all year round, where the people are friendly, where we celebrate our traditions in our own way, where I had my own house and friends, where I didn’t have to hide or run away.
Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.
By Araceli Vazquez- Ramirez
About the Blog
The service members of RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps have compiled stories of success during their membership. This blog was created with the intent of sharing these valuable stories with the public.