My Hijab

Siham sports her hijab Siham is an 8th grader in the Bronx, New York City. She speaks and writes in English and Arabic. If your first language is something other than English, practice it and don’t forget it. You’ll be glad you did! Hi! My name is Siham Hussin. I am...

Becoming Bilingual

By CASSANDRA CHARLES Cassandra is a 4th grader at P.S. 189 in Brooklyn, New York. She is originally from Haiti and attends a bilingual school where classes are held in both English and Haitian Creole. If your first language is something other than English, practice it...

In Your First Voice

Many students in New York City start school without speaking any English. But knowing and remembering a first language helps students to learn English and do better in school. If your first language is something other than English, practice it and don’t forget...