There have been countless stories where there have been people to legally came to the United States and didn’t know one bit of English that made themselves into amazing successes.
That’s the way to do it, come here the right way and work hard. Good things will come to you.
Anyway, there are plenty of kids that come to the States with their parents that don’t really know that much English if any and take special classes to learn how to speak English.
English can be a difficult language to learn, with some of the grammatical rules being a little bit different than other languages.
Which is why when you see anyone master the language it makes you want to swell up with pride for that person because you know that they accomplished something.
Hard work and determination can make all the difference when it comes to reaching a goal. This proved true for one boy from Ecuador who dreamed of becoming a champion.
Luciano Armendariz is a 5th grader who attends Hite Elementary School in Louisville, Kentucky. For the past 2 years, the studious young man has worked to learn and perfect his English.
Armendariz moved to the U.S. when he was in 3rd grade. “All of his English speaking education here in the states has been here at Hite Elementary,” school principal Sheridan Barnett told WLKY.
Principal Barnett credits Armendariz’s progress to the “hard work and care of his family and some TLC from teachers” and even from “some of his peers who also spoke Spanish.”
The boy shared it was difficult at first, but soon his goal surpassed simply learning a new language. Instead, he had much higher achievements in mind: the school’s spelling bee.
In 2018 he competed and came close but didn’t quite make it. “I was close to getting it last year, but I messed up on a word,” he said.
Still, Armendariz didn’t give up. When it came time to compete in the 2019 school spelling bee, the 5th grader stood tall.
Though he admits he was nervous, those nerves didn’t stop him from becoming this year’s champion, just like he’d dreamed.
The bilingual student beat 17 other students, winning this year’s title with a huge smile on his face. His principal couldn’t be more proud.