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I am engaged to an Egyptian and while his English is improving more and more each day, he still struggles from time to time. For those of you engaged or married to an ESL person, will lack of fluency impact the k1 interview? What tips can you provide to learn more English fast. Arabic native speakers please respond!

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I think I love you, Terri.

As long as the two of you can communicate, it's no really big deal. Consulates will naturally be concerned if a couple can't speak the same language, but if his English isn't perfect, big whoop - whose is?

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If you are able to communicate effectively and understand each other without constant recourse to translators, English fluency may not necessarily be an issue. There are, for better or worse, people on VJ who were approved using Google Translate to communicate and once, through the use of Yahoo smilies (yes, that happened).

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Im worried about his nerves. He said whenever he is really nervous, his English suffers. I'd say he is about 70% fluent but when he is stressed it probably drops down to 30%.

I spend a lot of time home schooling h2id English learning. We have spent countless hours Skyping as he develops his new language. I even assign homework and exams and issued a graded summary each week. Now his cousins want to sit in on sessions as they learn to. I also hsve agreed to help his mom. She is reaaly only interested in learning food names. Each week, we Skype for three hours as we go over lists of food. She is now learning non parishbles. Next week back on fruits. I love my life and my new family.

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I have been living in the USA for five years now and my English is not yet perfect... I took advanced ESL classes during our CR1 process, and it did help. It was not an issue at our interview, Consular officer asked me if I spoke any Bostonian though :jest:

Would it be possible for your partner to take ESL classes in his home country? It can't hurt...

meetup or Toastmasters in English could help him get over his nervousness

Edited by Boston~Montreal

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I have been living in the USA for five years now and my English is not yet perfect... I took advanced ESL classes during our CR1 process, and it did help. It was not an issue at our interview, Consular officer asked me if I spoke any Bostonian though :jest:

Would it be possible for your partner to take ESL classes in his home country? It can't hurt...

Yes he did but nOw he works so much.

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One denigrating post has been removed, and this thread is now closed to further comment. The OP has received acceptable answers and could have done research on her own to realize that interviews can be conducted in the beneficiary's native language.

The OP is on notice to think twice or more before starting any more new threads.

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