Immigrants across America have reported feeling much more confident about their English language proficiency, after comparing their ability with that of newly inaugurated President Trump. 
Immigrants across America have reported feeling much more confident about their English language proficiency, after comparing their ability with that of newly inaugurated President Trump. 
 
Ted Andrews, manager of a firm which provides English language lessons in New York, told The Spark that Trump’s election let to ‘a dramatic increase in my students’ self-esteem’. He noted that several of his students, who had previously been ‘nervous about their ability’, became convinced that they were ‘great linguists almost overnight’. 
 
Ted explained that with Trump’s election his student’s reference point changed. Before that they assumed that success in American society required ‘a strong degree of English comprehension’. However after reading Trump’s tweets they realised that if was possible to rise to the top of American society despite being ‘only semi-literate’, and as a result stopped focusing on their lessons. 
 
A number of migrants corroborated Ted’s story. Juan José Guerra, originally from Mexico, noted that he used to be ‘really worried about my English’ and spent hours ‘trying to improve, for example learning the difference between ‘their’ and ‘there’’. However he added that since Trump’s election he’d concluded that ‘no one’s going to give a shit’, and felt ‘much more comfortable’. 
 
Juan’s comments were echoed by Abdil al-Kasawi, a migrant from Yemen. He told us that he feels ‘so much more comfortable about his English’ now he compares himself to President Trump, and described his ‘probably eventual deportation’ as a ‘small price to pay’ for this gain. 
Share this post: