VOA Learning English talked with two students in the Nurse Aide training program at Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School.
Hasnaa Marmoucha is from Casablanca, Morocco. She moved to the U.S. with her husband eight years ago. She was surprised to see poor people on the street in the U.S.
“When I was in my country, we used to watch movies – American movies. When I came here, I didn’t accept [that] I will see homeless… here.”
Marmoucha found it hard to communicate with people in America because had not studied English in Morocco.
“I was feeling, like, shy, when I was on the street. If someone asked me a question, how am I going to answer? But then, I met a friend, and she taught me about Carlos Rosario, that it’s free school, and they teach English from basic to high level. And then, I register in Carlos Rosario, and I start by level 1, and it was so nice.”
Josephine Majo is from Yaoundé, Cameroon. She came to the U.S. in November of 2014. She was shy when she first came to the U.S.
She was frustrated because everyone talked fast.
“I discovered everybody moved faster, speak very fast, and I felt a little bit frustrated. And then when I started coming to school, I learned how to express myself. And then I learned a little about American culture.”
Majo said she is learning along with her daughters.