The English-Speak Union is my Family
The first time I went to the ARNIC English-Speak Union building in New York, I thought the decorations inside looked like they were from an America movie. The walls in the lobby all had bookshelves full of books, and there were retro-style desk lamps, furniture, and sofas. 前厅整面墙的书架摆满了各种书籍，复古的台灯，家具，沙发.
The back room had a world map covering the entire wall. The building felt very historical and made me feel like I was suddenly in America. 后厅整面墙的世界地图，整体色调充满历史感，瞬让你感觉你身处美国.
This is where I began my life at ARNIC English-Speak Union！
As a first-generation immigrant, after the initial excitement of coming to America wore off, I had a strong need for the same love that I felt at home. The English-Speak Union gave me this love. When we have any kind of questions, we can ask Karl.
Tutors, teachers, cleaner, receptionist, classmates and social workers: we are like a big family. We had been together almost everyday when we had classes. And when we would have lunch together, all the students would get together to eat and talk. Because we were all from different countries, we had to talk in English.
The English-Speak Union gave us free food and Metro cards. They took us to the Tenement Museum, the 42nd St. Library, and the Daily Show. They held all kinds of workshops to help us understand life and work in America.
During the pandemic, when all kinds of social problem and unrest started, ARNIC English-Speak Union immediately organized lectures and invited experts to teach us ways to deal with the situation and gave us an opportunity to discuss the situation and counsel us. 及时开办讲座，请专业人士教我们应对措施，讨论，给我们心理疏导。疫情期间
Every week, Karl supplied us with information about social programs, to provide us with economic assistance. The ESU also ran a Happy Hour on zoom to enrich our lives during the pandemic. Isn’t this just like the love we receive from our friends and family? 每周提供社会资源信息，给予我们生活或经济上的帮助，还开办了Happy hour 时间，丰富我们的疫情期间的生活。这难道不像家人，朋友一样总是及时给你关怀和温暖吗？
A few weeks ago, when I was cleaning, a splinter got stuck in the bottom of my foot. I told my tutor and she told me many good ways to get a splinter out: soak in warm water for half an hour and then use a tweezers and a needle to remove it. After following her advice, I was finally able to get it out of my foot! Thank you, Angela Maria Larson, and thank you ARNIC English-Speak Union!