Buenos Aires to Houston, TX: Lessons that Come from Starting Over in a New Country

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

Houston Texas English learner

Meet Andrea. She is one of the most fun-loving and positive people I know. She sees life as an adventure, and you can read about her positive approach to challenges in my written interview with her below.

1. What brought you to Houston, TX?

We moved from Argentina to Houston because my husband was transferred here for his work more than one year ago. I know in the USA it is pretty common to move between different cities, but in my country it isn’t. This is our first time living in another place!

2. What was your biggest challenge (or challenges) in the beginning?

English was my biggest worry (because my level was intermediate but I didn’t feel comfortable enough to live in the USA). On the other hand, my biggest challenge was rebuilding my entire life. I had my job (my own coffee shop), my friends, and an extra big family, and here I had none of that.

3. How did you overcome that challenge?

I took as many hours of English classes as I could. I tried and I try to participate in every English conversation I can. I started to watch television with subtitles and read some books. I went to the Public Library and I took free classes for Word and PowerPoint although I knew them, just to learn more English.