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Written by: Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor
Monday, September 27, 2010

I have known Chiyomi since December 2009. I met her though the volunteer agency, Literacy Volunteers. When I first met Chiyomi, I was very nervous. I am always nervous to meet new people; but before I met her, I had no idea who I'd meet, how we'd get along or anything. I was relieved when I met her because she is very patient, sensitive, down-to-earth, always thoughtful of others, and impresses me everytime we meet! I have enjoyed getting to know her and her family and learn more not only about my own culture and language through her thoughtful and challenging questions; but much more about Japanese culture.

Thank you Chiyomi for just being YOU!

Here is her testimonial to me in English:

"Jennifer Kumar is my tutor and my best friend. When our family came to the U.S.A , we had no information about Rochester and U.S.A and did not know what to do. We were very nervous and worried about our daily life. I met Jennifer through Literacy Volunteers. Jennifer continues to teach me things that are useful and help us. After the lessons, she makes YouTube videos to help me remember some lessons. She has taught me how to introduce myself to other people, talk with the cashier in the grocery store and how to purchase items in the deli, how to pay the rent, order coffee in the coffee shop, and how to improve pronouncing American sounds like L and R. We are relieved very much.
I feel confident that she is a great and reliable woman. I am happy to meet her!
I have recommended Jennifer to my friends, and I recommend anyone who wants lessons to contact her."
Chiyomi Yukata

Here it is in Japanese:




私とジェニファーさんは ボランティアを通じて知り合いになりました。こちらに来た当初は、何もかも不安でわからないことだらけでした。彼女は私に本当にいろんなことを教えてくれました。たとえば、アメリカの文化、発音の仕方(特にR,L)、ちょっとした生の英語、物の買い方、コーヒーショップでの店員とのやり取りの仕方などです






油形 千代美



In the following post, I will share the videos or podcasts I have made that Chiyomi refers to in this testimonial. 
See that post with videos, audio pods, and more here!

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