“My English is not good. Spoken English is very difficult. But I want to study at Columbia so I am trying to improve. I decided to come to America because of Forrest Gump. I’ve watched the movie five times. I like Forrest very much. Forrest is very simple. He picks one thing, and he keeps going. When I was young, I thought Forrest was stupid. But now I have a different view. I think people are too complicated. They complain about everything. Forrest never complains. Forrest chooses one thing and he keeps going. I watched the movie last month to encourage me. My life is hard because people don’t ever know what I’m saying. But I just think of Forrest. Forrest figured everything out because he just kept going.”
I said it once on this page and I'll say it again: never EVER be ashamed of an accent. Having any sort of accent implies that you put in the time and effort to communicate with someone who does not speak the same language as you. Just that shows an incredible amount of respect for the person, that you would go through so much to communicate with them. Learning a language is an incredible feat and speaking it requires a lot of bravery, don't let anyone disrespect that.
I'm in awe of people who move to a foreign country without knowing the language. I can't imagine that type of fortitude and dedication. Much peace to you, brother. Best of luck at Columbia!
Makes me think of Dory, "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!" Welcome to America!
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