Transcript for: Virginia Mah describes the use of English in the plant
At the time, only speak Chinese.
I working as a sewing instructor for a year or so.
I would say 30% of my time is doing interpreting there.
I have to do interpreting between the worker and the supervisor.
They didn't pay so good as an instructor. At that time it's piecework, and I'm making 140
percent on sewing machine on my job. So I asked him, hey John, next Monday can I go back on sewing machine? He said, oh no, no. How 'bout I pay you? You don't lose
besides your wages, you get better benefit. So I say, okay.
When they chosen me as an instructor, I have told them I don't think my English is enough. They said, no your English is pretty good already. But I still don't feel so confident myself. So at night time twice a week I did go to school.