Moving to the United States, Working as a Scientist, and Becoming Fluent in English
I’m thrilled to share episode 2 of my Confident English Spotlight interview series!
If you recall, in January I started a new monthly series. Every month, I’m interviewing a woman in my Confident English community who has developed a successful career, is doing amazing work for others, and has overcome challenges in English. They have successfully become more confident and fluent.
And I want to share their stories with you for inspiration.
In episode 2 of Confident English Spotlight, I interview Emilia.
Emilia is from Brazil but she moved to the United States two years ago to do her post-doctorate research. I asked her to share her story and answer the following questions:
- You’re from Brazil and you moved to the U.S. about 2 years ago – tell us why you moved and what you do.
- What do you love most about your work? Do you have any big goals for your career in the next few years?
- What do you think has helped you be successful in your work?
- Is there one thing about living in the U.S. that you really wish you had known before you moved?
- What is the coolest thing you’ve ever done since moving to the U.S.?
- We’ll be sharing this lesson on Valentine’s Day – do you have a favorite word or expression in English related to love?
- Of course, you use English every day because you live and work in the United States. Talk about your English language journey. How have you become more successful in English?
- What is one piece of advice you have for someone who wants to become more confident and fluent in English?
If you’re feeling stuck or frustrated with your English, listen to this interview! Emilia talks about how she has overcome challenges to feel more confident in English and has learned to feel comfortable starting conversations in English.
And if you missed episode 1 with Beatriz, you can get watch it here.
Find out how Emilia has become more confident in English.
Lesson by Annemarie
Notes from Today’s Confident English Spotlight with Emilia
In our interview, Emilia used some vocabulary and phrasal verbs that may be new to you. This is a great opportunity to add some new language to your daily English. Please review this new language and then join me in the online discussion below.
“I was working with *molecular biology* and in the *immunology field*.”
molecular biology: a branch of biology that investigates the structure and function of usually large molecules, such as DNA and proteins, of living matter in order to understand their role in biological processes
immunology: a science that deals with the immune system
“I was selected to do my *postdoctorate* here.”
postdoctoral or postdoc: advanced academic or professional work beyond a doctor’s degree
“My work here is in *transfusion medicine.*”
transfusion: the process of transfusing fluid (such as blood) into a vein or artery
“Love will always find a way.” – Emilia,favorite expression of love in English
to come up (with something)
To suggest or think of an idea or plan
to trust in one’s ability
To believe or have confidence in one’s abilities or strengths
to have everything *set up*
To have everything prepared or ready.
Something that blocks you so that movement, going forward, or action, is prevented or made more difficult.
It’s not a big deal. (It’s no big deal.)
We use this to express that something is not a serious problem or issue.
Now that you’ve watched the video and reviewed some of the language from the interview, I’d love to hear from you.
This is a great opportunity to practice what you’ve learned in this interview with Emilia.
Here are a few questions using today’s key language:
- Have you ever overcome an obstacle in your life? What was it?
- What helps you to come up with new ideas when you feel stuck?
- Emilia said her favorite expression of love in English is, “Love will always find a way.” Since it’s Valentine’s Day today, what is your favorite expression of love? (Note: If you want to learn new ways to say “I love you” in English, check on my lesson on this topic.)
The best place to share with me is in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you.
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hello Annemarie.I need that ,you help me for learn English very good.
have a good time
Great interview! so inspiring!
thank you very much
Nice interview, it helped and motivated me to stay studying and practicing English.
I think it’s a good job interviewing women, it empowers us.
Thank you Annemarie!
Thank you so much for the comment. I’m THRILLED that this made you feel empowered and ready to stick to your English practice. You can totally do it! 🙂
So then, it is all about self confidence and hardworking,
It’s the magic prescription to
Thank you Annemarie
Thanks for the comment, Yousef. And I do think Emilia is right. The challenging part is developing that self-confidence but it’s 100% possible.
Dear Annemarie, It was a great interview with Emilia. I’m proud of you because I can see the effect of fluency English school. I know, that Emilia has the goods on me, living in the US, and her main job is also an advantage improving her English and I’m sure she has much more time being studious, but the spotlight of this interview is the effect of your work. Emilia uses simple but great expressions elaborately, her pronunciation is articulated, and she doesn’t use any filler words. She learned this ability during your course. I enjoyed this interview because I… Read more »
Thanks so much for your comment. You’re absolutely right – the main message is not to give up, whether in English or any other goal in life. Progress comes from consistency, as you and many others in our Fluency School group know. 🙂
Our daily life is full of obstacles. That’s why it’s difficult to precise give what it could be. Maybe when I managed to survive abroad without fluency English. As far as a second question I have positive attitude to the world. Simply I always try to look on the bright side on everything (especially when it comes to spoken English). That’s work… And the last question maybe “Love makes the world go round” (at least I’d like to think in that way). Don’t you think?
Thank you for your help
Thank you so much for your comments. And I agree with you – I want to believe that yes, love makes the world go round. Great use of that expression! It sounds like you have a great strategy for helping you overcome obstacles. Staying positive is an important part of helping you stay focused on what you want to accomplish.
Thanks for your job
May you have a blessed days
You’re very welcome, Naykawsay.