Stirring Speech at 2019 Volunteer Night

Juliana, a recent student, delivered this speech to the volunteers, supporters and other students at our recent Volunteer Night at Brazilian Grill, Hyannis.

Thank you Juliana for your kind words, and for your inspiring message. And, of course, thank you to our volunteers and supporters – without you, there would be no Cape Cod Literacy Council.

Good evening everybody!

My name is Juliana and I’m here tonight to tell a little bit about myself.

When I decided to move to America, I was looking for new opportunities and a better and safe life. But my biggest fear (besides being away from my family and friends) was how I was going to learn a new language at the age of 36.

I knew a little bit of English because I used to work in an Advertising Agency in Brazil and we used a lot of English words.

But you know, my English was more for “vacation time”, because when we are on vacation, everything is simpler and easier. Very different from when you need to buy your groceries, make a doctor’s appointment or talk on the phone.

At the same time, I saw that I had a huge opportunity to learn a new language. Is it going to be easy? Not every time or every day, but I really came here to try.

When I moved to Cape Cod, I realized the Brazilian Community is huge and I was really concerned about that. It’s easy to live here and not speak the language.

I started my class at Cape Cod Literacy Council last September and it’s so good to be next to other students and to see that we have the same goals. The classes are really important to me.

Besides that, to improve my vocabulary I like to watch TV with English subtitles. A few months ago, I bought my first English book. I didn’t finish yet, but every day I learn a new word.

We need to breathe English 24/7 because it’s the best way to learn.

Barbara, Andie and Arthur – the Literacy Council volunteers – who helped me to build my path here. You guys are doing an amazing job, and I hope more people can have the same opportunity as I.

The important thing is: Never stop learning, never stop studying and believe in yourself.

We are capable of doing everything that we want. Look at me: I never thought in my life that one day I would be giving a speech in English!

Thank you so much and have a great night!