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06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Lie in bed at night together (!) and read paragraphs from magazines. You read one aloud, let him read the same one aloud, and go back over difficult words or particular vocal inflections that can use some work. Do this consistently, and he will improve.

It's also very important to obtain audio recordings of people who speak American English very clearly. It helps to have the written text of what they're saying, but it's not crucial. You can certainly find a recording more recent than the only one that comes to my mind -- of the late Senator Everett Dirksen, of (I think) Illinois, from many years ago.

Edited to add: If he's Indian (this shows up under your VJ post but not in your timeline), he should most definitely not try (or expect) to learn to speak clearly in American English by hanging around with other Indians. Certain vocal and grammatical patterns common to India will be repeated between the two or more conversationalists. If you can find him some social groups to join, filled with Americans, every meeting can serve as a free English lesson.

Hey, idea: Look for "Toastmasters" groups in your area -- contact them, explain the situation, and see how they can help.

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06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Here are some ideas:

  • Attend classes. Look around in your aread and you may find cheap or free ESL classes. Where I live there are 2 churches that offer free ESL classes. One is a bit structured, the other is more conversation oriented.
  • Speak with native English speakers. It may be difficult to do at first, but this is probably the quickest way to learn.
  • Watch TV and movies in English. This will allow yourself to become accustomed to hearing the English, even if you still may not understand it. This will help with your listening skills when speaking and having a conversation.
  • Put post-it notes around your house in English and his native language. This would be a great way of building his vocabulary of objects that are inside the house.

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My husband needs to learn How to speak in English. Any advice or/ thoughts will be appreciated.

in your locale,

There are many ESL resources. Some are free, some are subsidized with low fee, some are high $$.

Have you done any investigation (using a PC, a real web browser, and The Google) for yer locale ? If not, you should, nowish.


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in your locale,

There are many ESL resources. Some are free, some are subsidized with low fee, some are high $$.

Have you done any investigation (using a PC, a real web browser, and The Google) for yer locale ? If not, you should, nowish.

Thank you guys.....................

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My wife is struggling, she is taking free ELL classes at the local tech. She and my 5 year old nephew read Dr Suess together. Her teachers have told me I need to be tough with her. let her interact with people as much as possible. Actually getting out and talking with people will be the best way to learn. It's a struggle for sure. There are some sounds she just can not make. "th" for instance eludes her.

The hardest thing for me has been to stop being a crutch for her. She relies on me too much when we are out and about. I feel like I'm being mean, but if i help her out every time she gets stuck she won;t learn.

Something that has helped her a lot is downloading a list of the 500 most common words in the English language. She then translates each of those words phonetically in her native language. Somehow the process of translating makes the words stick in her mind. Then whenever we have a little time, I have her read those words back to me using her translations as a reminder.

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My wife is struggling, she is taking free ELL classes at the local tech. She and my 5 year old nephew read Dr Suess together. Her teachers have told me I need to be tough with her. let her interact with people as much as possible. Actually getting out and talking with people will be the best way to learn. It's a struggle for sure. There are some sounds she just can not make. "th" for instance eludes her.

The hardest thing for me has been to stop being a crutch for her. She relies on me too much when we are out and about. I feel like I'm being mean, but if i help her out every time she gets stuck she won;t learn.

Something that has helped her a lot is downloading a list of the 500 most common words in the English language. She then translates each of those words phonetically in her native language. Somehow the process of translating makes the words stick in her mind. Then whenever we have a little time, I have her read those words back to me using her translations as a remi

Hopefully, they will learn fast.

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