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  • A 10-year-old boy moved to Australia from China with his dad, mum and brother.
  • It was scary for him, being a new student, feeling anxious about whether or not he would fit in, feeling worried about how well he would do in class or if he would have any friends. But this didn't scare him as much as the fact that he couldn't speak English.
  • Class, we'll be having an English test soon so make sure you study hard. Understand?
  • Because of this, he always sat at the back of the class where no one could see him, never said a word to anyone because he knew they wouldn't understand him, never spoke up in class and never drew any attention to himself. He was always confused with what was going on - barely understanding things the teacher said. 
  • ...?
  • Once other students found out, he didn't stand a chance. Every day, he would have to deal with people pointing at him, laughing at him, saying offensive comments and things about the fact that he couldn't speak English. Although he wasn't the best at English, he knew enough that he was getting bullied.
  • Why are you even in this school? You are actually so dumb- you can't even understand what I'm saying!
  • This happened for a long time. One day, he felt so overwhelmed that he was on the verge of tears. Out of nowhere, his English teacher came walking by and saw him. After trying to communicate with him, she realised that he could barely speak English. Scolding herself for not realising sooner, she decided to help him. Using hand gestures, she managed to tell him to meet her an hour before school started, every day where she would teach him English.
  • So every morning, he went to school where his teacher would be waiting for him, ready to teach. They started off slow, but he learned quickly. He was extremely determined to learn as fast as he could. Over time, he started understanding her when she spoke slowly, feeling proud.After a week or two, he would learn new conversations and topics. 
  • So, who are the members of your family? 
  • In my family, there is my dad, mum and younger brother.
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