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First-generation immigrants are taught English by an ordinary British family, for one week, and in the family's own home

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First-generation immigrants are taught English by an ordinary British family, for one week, and in the family's own home

Series 1 Summary

There are almost one million immigrants living in the UK who don't speak very good English. This two-part series follows four first-generation immigrants as they try to learn the language for the first time.

Each one is taught by ordinary British people, with each immigrant living for a week with a family, who apply their own unique ways to try and help their guest.

  • Episode 1

    The four immigrants, who entered Britain over a year ago, come originally from Poland, Colombia, China and the Democratic Republic of Congo. None of the four has managed to learn English so far.

    Now, each of them has their own special reason for wanting to learn: for some it means more opportunities for work, and the chance of a fresh future for them and their family; while for others it offers a possible end to loneliness.

    Why Don't You Speak English? provides the immigrants with a crash course for learning English, while for the host families it offers a first-hand insight into immigration - how do communities exist in the UK where virtually no English is spoken, and what can the British families do to help their new friends integrate better?

  • Episode 2

    The four immigrants are halfway through their period of learning English. After a week spent living with their British hosts, the immigrants now turn the tables as they welcome the Brits into their own homes.

    The Brits are about to get a crash course in immigration - why people come here, how hard it is for them to communicate, and how isolated they can become.

Why Don't You Speak English? synopsis

First-generation immigrants are taught English by an ordinary British family, for one week, and in the family's own home

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