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Thank you, Alex. It’s an interesting and useful story. D’you still have relatives or friends in Poland? Seeing new places is refreshing our mind. Travel more!

Valery teacher

    Hi Valery, yes! I have many cousins, aunts, and uncles in Poland, and my one surviving grandmother is there too. We plan to visit again in 2023. I’m looking forward to it!

    Alex

Hello Alex! Thanks for your inspiring story. I think lots of people find your video helpful. Thanks for your lessons!

DimaDen

It is a very motivating video. I think that nothing is impossible. The human body is so strong and interesting that it can be adopt to every situation which seems difficult on the outside. Only thing we need to take patience and to be on the road because learning a new language is not to reach the final destination, in fact to live with its culture and enjoy the ride.

Thanks Alex!

hd

    That’s a good attitude to have. Kids in particular are resilient, and it’s kind of amazing what they can survive. The same goes for adults as well, of course.

    Alex

thank you
i understood alot of your story

weamkhalaf111

Hello Alex! It is so interesting to listen your rare experience of studying English! It is cool! :) I read about Mila Kunis (she is an American actress) and her experience. She also immigrated at the age of 7. I quote her: “I blocked out second grade completely. I have no recollection of it. I always talk to my mom and my grandma about it. It was because I CRIED every day. I didn’t understand the culture. I didn’t understand the people. I didn’t understand the language. My first sentence of my essay to get into college was like, ‘Imagine being blind and deaf at age seven.’ And that’s kind of what it felt like moving to the States.” Alex, please, tell us about your experience of studying English more :) These ten minutes are not enough :)

Bitaly

    Honestly, I don’t have a very strong recollection beyond what I said in the video. I remember reading a little series of books and learning to connect words to pictures. Apple, airplane, balloon, etc. Otherwise, my teacher taught me the basics of “How are you?” “What is she doing?” etc. and I think I mostly picked up the language from hearing it every day from my teachers and my classmates. I also loved a few television shows: Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, and The Polkadot Door. These kids shows helped me with my listening and learning the alphabet too.

    Alex

Alex, bravo! I routinely use your excellent videos for my adult ESL grammar and writing students here in Florida. This one is especially valuable and special, and I’ll be showing it ASAP. Thanks!

perriced

Hello Alex! I live in Poland and I try learn English :)
Greetings from Poland!

Kris1986

Hello, my name is Amália Iam from Brazil, I liked your experience about learning English in a native country, this is excellent. I learned English in Brazil in excellent schools and I became English teacher here. I study English everyday because I’ve loved it since I was child and I want to improve my classes and help my students to learn the most important Language in the world. Thanks for your help. God bless you.

M3480

So Inspiring Alex, I just moved to Canada from Venezuela. I have learnt a lot of English through your videos. Thanks

agonzalez2

    That’s fantastic! I used to have a lot of Venezuelan students at my old school before traveling became more difficult between the two countries. I hope you’re doing well and that you’re enjoying Canada!

    Alex

Thank you Alex, you inspire me.. I struggles in my English journey. It is not difficult but when I am in any sudden situations I can’t speak even if I know because of crowded words and thoughts in my mind. Thank you again for sharing your story.

Eva

    Hi Eva, I get it. What you’re describing is a very common experience for someone who is learning a second language. Just keep going, keep focusing, and keep learning. Best of luck with everything, and thank you for sharing YOUR experience too.

    Alex

Hi Alex,
My name is Tiny Vissers and i am from Holland, i have been living there now for 75 years.
First of all i like your lessons, that is for sure. However, the reason for writing you is the lesson about your immigration to Canada. I had an uncle who immigrated to Canada with his 10 children when he was already 52 years old. I always asked myself how he managed to learn English. He was a farmer in Holland and he would be a farmer in Canada also. The true reason of his moving was that he would have been a farmer and that all his children would be farmer by the time they had grown up. In the end, one of his sons succeeded in being a farmer. It is a pity i never visited him, he was a very enjoyable and hardworking man.I thinkhe lived in Brtisch Columbia.
In the 60th of the last century 2 nephews of me immigrated to Canada. One was in the end very succesful with a company laying grass, in between his sons are managing the company which is in the nabourghood od Toronto. Last year he visited me when he was in Holland for holidays.
This, in short, something about immigration from Holland to Canada. I know more stories from people from my surroundings.

Greetings Tiny

tinyvissers

Thank you Alex for your story, it was very helpful🌷

Ncheraghi

Thanks Alex, your story it was very interesting and motivating too.

Guillermo59

Thanks for your great lesson. We Japanese don’t have “th”sound either. So it’s also very difficult for most of Japanese to distinguish three and tree.

ttkyyoshida

I appreciate your lessons. I became fluent in the Polish language before English. I also had a “fun” time when I started work in English speaking environment (I thought my English is good because I understand Engvid teachers but I realized there is still a long journey in front of me).

antibiotic49

Alex, thank a bunch for your gripping, moving and engaging story! I think this life experience helped you a lot to become a good English teacher because you know all student’s difficulties and fears. And I like the new format of you lessons from the park. I really enjoy watching your lessons and I’m looking forward for a new one. Take care and good luck!

Zhanna Maltseva

Thank you for your lesson. I very appreciate, what you do for free. It is very useful, because your words are sincere. I learn english myself at home. I make a lot of mistakes.

Kriscia77

Alex all the best from Poland.

Andrzej2017

Great story Alex!!Fortunately, you were young enough to learn English properly and to adapt to a new life. It wouldn´t have been be the same if you had been 15 or 16. It would have been tougher, as you leave many friends behind.
Do you regularly go to Poland now?
Thanks for the video!!!

knopfler86

Hi Alex,greeting from Poland.It is very interesting story and of course will be motivated by all students

ArturW

Nice story about a kid and his family moving out.There are so many stories like that in the world, especially refugees. I think that you had difficulties in learning a new language and to adapt to a new culture and people. But I ask you, and your parents? Did they have the same problems?Did they already know how to speak English?

Pereira Santos

Hi good morning sir, This is Bryan from Philippines, I wanted to go in Canada and work there. How to apply any job there? I am only a college level/under graduate. I wanted to work there to raise my family in poverty. Hope you can answer my question sir. Thank you so much.

Bryan25

Alex, I really enjoyed your story. You must be proud of yourself and the Canadian state as well. I would be happy if most of the immigrants from the Maghreb had had the same will as you to integrate a new country and adopt part of their customs. Unfortunately, we still have big problems in France and I would like to believe that the future will be different.
Thanks Alex.

beernaard

Hello, Mr. Alex this Aya from Syria acutely I’m studying English language. Thank you very much for you learn us how we need to improving our English i really enjoyed and i learn something is different

aya almediny

DEAR ALEX, I BEGAN TO WATCH YOUR VIDEOS SOME TIME AGO, SPECIALLY BECAUSE I LIKED YOUR DIDACTIC AND YOUR FUNNY WAY TO BE. I WAS SURPRISED ABOUT YOUR VIDEO TELLING YOUR HISTORY. VERY GOOD! AMAZING! NICE TO KNOW THAT YOU CAME FROM POLAND. WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WARSAW, GDANSK, GDYNIA? WHEN I LISTEN THE NAME POLAND AUTOMATICALLY IT REMINDS ME THE WORLD FOOTBALL CUP AND POLISH TEAM FROM 1974, SPECIALLY THE POLISH PLAYER LATO. IT WAS A VERY GOOD SELECTION. I’M FROM SÃO PAULO-SP BRAZIL. BEHIND YOU THERE WAS A FOOTBALL FIELD, VERY GOOD! YOU KNOW THAT MOST OF BRAZILIANS LOVE FOOTBALL. BY THE WAY, IN CANADA DO YOU SPEAK FOOTBALL OR SOCCER? I WAS BORN IN SÃO PAULO. IT WOULD BE VERY APPRECIATED TO HAVE AN ANSWER FROM YOU. SO I CAN PRACTICE MY ENGLISH. THANK YOU VERY MUCH IN ADVANCE!

WALMIR SANTIAGO

Hi Alex, I watched your life story video reminding of my email pal from Germany, who also is originally from Poland. She used to struggle with German just as you did with English as well. She has almost forgotten Polish now as it was some decades ago when she came to Germany, and so I heard, I wish you keep the Polish language in mind as long as you can.

FELES

Thanks a lot for telling us your story! i like the way you told it sincerely and outside. Having listened to your story i took a decision to teach my little daughter English to avoid such a stressful situation in her future life!

tatysha

Thank you Alex..

airsidesafety

My kids took two weeks to adapt to the English language and the USA culture
Unlike me who still struggling to catch up on the language and the local accent.

bafflingenigma

Good Experiences that you have taught us Mr. alex.

ibrahim1

A very interesting history!

Enrique Otero

Thanks Alex, for sharing your experience as immigrant kid.

Seif Eldawla

Thank you for sharing with us your experiences. I have a curiosity, do you still have any kind of particular accent or pronunciation derived from your mother language?

Daniel Cardenal
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