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Tactics for Success, No. 1

In her book, The Immigrant’s Way, available in the downloadable Kindle format, or paperback, Margaret W. Wong describes twenty-two tactics the foreign born person can use to ensure her stay in the USA is as long as she wants it to be. We will present for you one of her strategies every week in this space.

1. Learn to speak English

I know it is difficult, especially when you work three jobs a day and are just trying to survive. Take an English language class at the library, or ask your neighbor to record a story on a tape for you. Whenever you are working, if it does not require answering phones, keep listening to it and repeating the words. Try to learn twenty new words a day. Be sure you learn how to speak proper English (as opposed to slang words or the “F” word). Do not use swear words, or at least use them very rarely. Keep in mind that most American women do not like to be called “baby,”“darling,”“young woman,” or “honey.” When in doubt, address Americans as Mr. or Ms. Suchandsuch, sir, or ma’am. It is always better to be humble than snobbish.

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