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Our Family Table

Here’s a video called “Our Family Table,” highlighting how University Settlement helps people in NYC – please share!:

 

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Our Lives in New York, Too

Class 2P also wrote about their lives in the Big Apple. Read one below and then take the quiz afterwards to test your understanding:

Yan Zhen Deng

My Life

My name is Yan Zhen Deng. I’m from China. I speak Chinese.

I have a son. He is four years old. He is so cute. He is average height but he is thin. He has short black hair. He is sporty and restive but he is warm. I really love him. Every day we take a bus to school. He is so happy because he likes all the cars. Also in my house we have a lot of toy cars. When he finishes school, the first thing he does is play with his cars. One day I asked him, “Why do you like to play with cars?” He told me, “When I grow up, I want to be a driver. That is a great job.” I like this job and my son does too. It is very interesting.

Now about my life. I am a student right now. Every day I wake up at 7:00 am. And then I brush my teeth, wash my face, make up my face, and get dressed. After that I try to wake my son up. But my son is a lazy boy. He likes to sleep. So when I tell him to wake up and get ready for school, he always tells me, “I don’t want to go to school. I am so sleepy. Give me more time.” At 7:40 am we go to take a bus. Sometimes we are late and miss the bus. We will wait for ten or fifteen minutes. It is so crazy. At 8:20 am I drop off my son at school and I take the train home and eat breakfast.

After breakfast I take the N train to my school. My classmates are easy-going and friendly. Sometimes they are stubborn but funny. And my teacher is funny and kind. I am so happy studying English with my classmates and my teacher.

Oh, I forgot! Now I live in New York. It is a beautiful city. It is crowded but flourishing. I can’t say any more because I want to cook dinner for my son. That is my life. If you want to know more about my life, let me know. Bye.

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Our Lives in NYC

Class 3A recently wrote about their lives in New York City. Read one below and then take the quiz afterwards to test your comprehension:

Ruzan Ghazaryan

My Lazy Life

Hello, my name is Ruzan. I am 30 years old. I am from Armenia. Armenia is a very small country, with 2 million people, but it is a very beautiful country with mountains and rocks. I moved from Armenia to New York one year ago with my husband. Now we are living in uptown Manhattan, near Riverside Park.

In my free time I read books, watch movies and TV shows, play tennis, ride bicycle, walk, and explore New York. Also every day I go to my English class at the University Settlement Adult Literacy Program on Eldridge Street. On the way to my class I read a book. It’s a very good way to improve my English and spend my time, but sometimes when I am very tired I just sit and watch people on the train. Some of them don’t like it. That’s why I love and hate the New York subway. You lose a lot of time on it but you can find interesting ways to pass the time.

In New York I work at a cat shelter. It is a volunteer job, but I love it. In general I love all kinds of animals. That’s why I applied to the veterinarian assistant program at CUNY College. I hope I will be accepted and can help more animals. I have a dream to build a shelter in Armenia, because my country doesn’t want to spend money on homeless animals, and there are two NGOs that help animals with people’s donations. When I was in Armenia I worked in those shelters too.

I am very lucky because in every crazy thing I do my husband supports me. We go hiking and camping when we have free time, or sometimes we work in the shelter with each other. Both of us are Nature lovers. I think life doesn’t have any meaning, but I found something: it is love—love to people, animals, nature, even to insects (for example, spiders).

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This Feels Like Home

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Marc Nuñez’s Gotham Dance Theater

This Feels Like Home

Artist-in-Residence

Saturday, October 14 at 8:00pm | Speyer Hall | 184 Eldridge St

Sunday, October 15 at 7:00pm | Speyer Hall | 184 Eldridge St

Ticket Information

$15 General

$10 Students and Seniors

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This Feels Like Home is a performance in collaboration with recent immigrants who are part of University Settlement’s Adult Literacy program, their English Language teacher, Julie Condon, and Marc Nuñez’s Gotham Dance Theater. Together, they have created an embodied vocabulary, capturing the full dimensions of leaping into an American life. Experience how they create moments of joy and celebration amid a balancing act of expectations, obligations and contradictions.

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Citizenship Classes & Legal Help at BPL

Here’s some info for you about free citizenship classes and immigration legal help at the Brooklyn Public Library. Just click on the images for a larger view.

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Job Stories

Classes 3A and 3P recently wrote about their current or past jobs. Read an example below from a Class 3A student and take the quiz afterwards to test your comprehension:

My Current Job

Cecilia Amaya

I am a home health aide. I work for Premier Home Health Care. I am a person who likes to help others. I enjoy spending my time with people who need my help. My patient is a nice person; every day he is waiting for me happy with a smile when he sees me. He just speaks Italian and English, so I try to practice my English with him. It’s funny because he corrects me every time I don’t pronounce a word correctly. His family is nice to me. I feel like one of their relatives.

I enjoy my job and enjoy practicing my English with my patient. But the first day I felt nervous because I didn’t know who my patient was. But days later, I felt better because he is a good guy. Some days we play bingo and sometimes he talks to me about his life. When he was a child he lived in Pennsylvania with his parents and eight siblings.

We also do exercise and watch TV shows and TV news in English. When he feels sad, we look at photos and he tells me about many trips he took in his life. He went on many cruises and went to many different countries. He was a person who did everything himself but now he needs help all the time because ten years ago he had a bad stroke. But day by day he tries to exercise, take medication, feel happy, enjoy time with his family, and be more optimistic about his life. God bless him and his family. I hope I can work a long time with him.

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