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Survey says 80 Percent of Newcomers Try to Learn English

Survey says 80 Percent of Newcomers Try to Learn English

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A recent United Way of Salt Lake survey says that more than 80 percent of immigrants and refugees say they have formally tried to learn English.

But sometimes, there are some barriers to being successful.

The report says the top barriers to learning English for immigrants are a lack of time, the difficulty of the language, a lack of child care and fear.

Bill Crim, United Way's strategic initiatives and public policy director, says many immigrants are working several jobs, adjusting to life in a new country and trying to provide for their families. He says that makes it hard to find time to take English classes.

He says there are an estimated 200,000 immigrants and refugees statewide.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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