Luz Hernandez is a single mom with five children. While she worries about how her limited English will affect her ability to get a better job, she mostly worries about what her communication skills mean for her kids.
She has had to bring her fifth grader to serve as a translator during parent teacher conferences and she once broke into tears when she couldn’t understand her children’s homework well enough to help them.
“I cried,” the hotel worker said, in the English she has been practicing. “Everything was so difficult, was more hard to me.”