Adult Stories Archive

The Time I Was New To Canada – Alem

I came to Canada in 2010.  I was so happy and excited.  But after one month I had trouble learning because I didn’t understand and speak.  After six months, I had a little bit of speaking and understanding. I am so happy to be learning because I have a job and communicate with classmates and… Read more

Literacy is Life – The Time I Was New to Canada

Over three years ago when I moved to Canada, I experienced difficult times and challenges integrating first of all because English is not my first language. And after moving here, I had hard times getting used to the transportation system: the bus, the skytrain the directions. It was difficult to ask questions to the bus… Read more

Steven’s Story

By Steven, LINC 4, Burnaby I first time came to Vancouver in 2010, everything was new; new city, new people,new culture and new language. I like to play basketball,and it helped me to make some new friends. We don’t speak the same language so sometimes our team was many mistakes. I was afraid no one… Read more

The Time I Was New To Canada

By Parvin, LINC 4, Burnaby On July 22, 2015 we came to Canada. When we flew over Vancouver my daughter saw ocean and forest. She was very happy because she saw her father again after 20 months. We started a new life in a new country , a new city with a new culture. The… Read more

Literacy is Life

By Tran Huong My name is Huong, I am from Vietnam. I am learning in LINC [Language Instruction for New Canadians] 5 at Windsor school. My teacher is Craita.  I came here 2 years ago. The first time when I came here, I couldn’t communicate with everyone here, everything was strange with me, the culture, human, religious… Read more

A Fresh Start

A time I overcame many difficult challenges, had trouble learning, failed a grade, and went back to school after a long period of time: It all started when I was born with Eustationary tube dysfunction which creates major ear problems. As a result, my learning was delayed. Public school is where I failed as a… Read more

The Time I Didn’t Understand a Language or Culture

By Lisa Yuan Four years ago, I came to Canada.  Everything is fresh for me here.  I like beautiful flowers, ocean, mountains and all kinds of houses.  But I didn’t understand English.  I was upset. After a few months, I went to the government paid ELSA classes to study English.  The ELSA teachers are nice… Read more

Overcoming a Challenge and Getting a Fresh Start

By Jessica Roberts-Farina It was cold and I walked with a cane. I was only 28. In January 2014, I lived in Edmonton, sick and jobless. I moved to the northern clime in September 2012, following my partner, both of us struggling in the brutal job market in Vancouver. Finding work was not a problem,… Read more

My experience of driving tests in Canada

By Mei Sun When I first time arrived in Canada I was excited, curious and nervous. I didn’t understand a lot of things. I felt very sad. I thought “I must change the situation. I need to meet new friends and learn more about different culture.” So we decided to buy new car, but the… Read more

The time I was new to BC/CANADA

By James Li When I was new to Vancouver in 2012, I felt strange and novel. It was such a quiet city, not many people, not much traffic and not many shops in the street. It didn’t feel like the city in China. I didn’t even know where to buy foods and daily supplies. I… Read more