How to live and work without English in the USA: personal experience
About how Russian-speaking immigrants manage to live in Los Angeles for years and work, practically not understanding English and not trying to learn it, says Nikolai, the author of the channel on "Yandex.Zen".
I'll tell you the example of the people I work with - and I work in a Russian store for Russian-speaking people, mainly from Ukraine.
So, there are a couple of women who came to the 90s during the collapse of the USSR. Having lived in the United States for 30 years, they do not speak English. Downright awful bad and they won't say anything but “Halloween”. But they have no problems with this, they buy food in Russian stores, bought cars through Russians. Russian-speaking pharmacies - please, doctors - for God's sake, locksmiths, mechanics, lawyers, taxis, in any large store you will meet Russian-speaking people, everywhere. Therefore, here, in Hollywood (Los Angeles area), you can survive without speaking English.
This is a terrible situation for me because my English is not improving. And this means that you can stay on such a job longer than necessary - and remain in America 30 years later without English.
All the same from work. We have a guy in our store, he is 33 years old. He came to the United States on a tourist visa in 2018 and applied for political asylum. But he does not have English at all. As he says, finding a job without English is simple, but impossible with English.
And so he found this store, where they hire, for the most part, Russian-speaking people. And every time he says to me:
- So cool, as if I did not leave Russia.
To which I reply:
- No, friend, that's not cool.
He claims that everything should be so, and he does not need this English. Okay, that's his right.
My friend received a US citizen passport and brought her mother at the age of 50.
I found my mother a job through Russian-speaking employment agencies, as my mother does not understand a word in English. Work as a nurse-girlfriend of a woman of 65 years. And so they walk, watch Russian TV shows on TV, and she lives in her apartment next door, receives $ 500 a week for this, which, she herself says, does not know what to spend on.
So you can find work here without English, because the Russian-speaking community in Los Angeles is huge.
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