What BOOKBRIDGE taught me

Ammarjargal won 1st prize at the university entrance exam
Ammarjargal won 1st prize at the university entrance exam
What impact do we have on the people we work with? Ammarjargal Davaasuren is a 17-year old student from Arvaikheer, Mongolia who has been attending classes at our learning center for the last three years. This summer, she took 1st place in the regional university entrance exams out of 600 students. Learn more about her story!

Before I became part of BOOKBRIDGE, I was a very shy girl who had no aim to want to achieve. Also, I think I had to do English to live a better future regardless of I loved it or not.

3 years ago I heard about BOOKBRIDGE training center from my classmates, then my mother registered me in BOOKBRIDGE summer training class. I met teacher Uuganaa to discuss about which group I can join according to my English level. That time I realized that “I’m not good enough at English” as I couldn’t catch any words when Uuganaa spoke in English and even I didn’t know differences in grammar usages.

Ammarjargal in the TEDx workshop
Ammarjargal in the TEDx workshop
At the beginning, learning at least 70 words in a day and doing my English diligently wasn’t easy for me because I’m that kind of lazy although I liked how Uuganaa taught English in a funny and interesting way. Since that summer training class almost 3 years have passed. I really loved learning English and being a little part of BOOKBRIDGE. After that year students from BOOKBRIDGE learning center in Chinggis visited us so all students took part in the English Olympics.

Taking 2nd place in that Olympic encouraged me to learn English very well and I understood that my English was improving. Moreover, I had made ew friends from Germany (the Franconian International School) which also inspired me to speak English. So I could speak to anyone in English without being fearful and shy so I joined the “The Chatty Bunch”. This is a speaking club which was initiated by Peace Corps volunteers associated with Uuganaa. It helped me not only improve my public speaking, presenting, expressing my opinion clearly but also to join TedxArvaikheer workshop. During the TedxArvaikheer workshop I presented my speech in English in front of many people. It was a big experience for me that I had to face my shyness.

Community Hero Uuganaa (left) is very proud of her student Ammarjargal
Community Hero Uuganaa (left) is very proud of her student Ammarjargal
In addition to BOOKBRIDGE teaching me English but it also helped me to improve my leadership skills, how to be responsible for everything besides the fact that I found my lifetime true friends at BOOKBRIDGE, and to become initiative and confident. I got involved in many activities such as organizing a Halloween party, BOOKBRIDGE new-year and so on.

Finally funny 3 years passed with BOOKBRIDGE and all BOOKBRIDGE students faced the entrance exam to university. I have been studying a lot of things at BOOKBRIDGE and with Uuganaa. As a result of this I could take 1st place out of over 600 students in the English entrance exam in my province. For me, it has been the biggest success I had until now. I’m really happy to see that my mother and Uuganaa are proud of me. Now I am highly passioned to learn English. Thank you for everything you did for us and me. All my brightest memories are connected with BOOKBRIDGE and Uuganaa. At the end, if you really love something and want to do it, there is nothing that stops you.
The limit of my language mean the limit of my world.

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