I Am an Immigrant by Miguel Gianfranco Guzman Valle

I Am an Immigrant by Miguel Gianfranco Guzman Valle

I am an immigrant
I am an immigrant from El Salvador
I wonder about being in this foreign country.
I hear people speaking in English, a language unknown to me
I see words on posters that I don’t understand
I want to understand when people speak to me

I am an immigrant from El Salvador
I pretend to know when I don’t
I feel bad about myself when I am unable to communicate and express myself
I touch my throat, trying to pronounce a word in English
I worry that I will never master my adopted language
I cry when I think of not being able to learn it

I am an immigrant from El Salvador
I understand how important it is to learn English
I say that I will speak it someday
I dream of talking and having a fluid conversation
I try to speak and pronounce the words correctly
I hope to be able to speak fluently and effortlessly
I am an immigrant from El Salvador

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