[nabs-l] my introduction

Ryan Silveira ryan.l.silveira at gmail.com
Thu Jan 23 13:49:15 UTC 2014

Welcome to the list, Sami.  I am pretty familiar with Nyack--I'm
originally from Newburgh, New York which is pretty close to Nyack.  I
moved to Connecticut in 2002 when I was 12, but I've been through
Nyack a number of times and my father still lives in that area.  I'm
glad you like attending NYSe for school; I've heard some pretty good
things about it.  I'm also glad to hear that you're a language
enthusiast.  I, myself, have a goal of being fluent in at least five
languages (including English).  Of course, if I can gain fluency in
more, that would be even better.  I speak fluent Spanish (I studied it
in school up to the advanced placement level), I speak some French,
some Italian, some German, good conversational Greek and I also know
bits and pieces of Bosnian, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic (both of which I
want to study more), Zulu, Xhosa and Welsh.  I also know Latin fairly
well, but no one actually speaks Latin conversationally.  Well, I
would because I'm a geek, but that's beside the point.  Anyway,
welcome to the list.  I am sure you will enjoy all our discussions.


On 1/23/14, Helga Schreiber <helga.schreiber26 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Sami, this is Helga Schreiber. Welcome! to the NABS list!!  That's cool!
> that you speak three languages! Specially the Spanish language. Just to let
> you know, I Speak Spanish fluently. I'm actually from Peru, and I came to
> the United States 9 years ago, almost 10, at the age of 12 years old. And
> when I came here to the U.S. I didn't know any English at all! So I actually
> learned English here. So my first Language is Spanish, and my second
> language is English! Also, just to let you know, when I came to the U.S. I
> was low vision, but 6 years ago! I lost my sight, due to the fact that I
> lost my sight because my Retina got detach, and even though I had many
> surgeries in the past, the doctors could not restore my sight. But I
> actually know that even though I'm going through many bad circumstances, I
> will nevr give up, and I know that these circumstances will not stope me to
> fulfill my dreams! Actually, I'm actually a college student! Hope to talk to
> you soon! Thanks so much for listening to me, and God bless!! :)
> P.S. By the way, I'm very interesting in learning the French Language, since
> some day I would like to go to France, and visit the place, where Louis
> Braille, the inventor of the Braille code lived! I just wanted to ask you,
> who taught you French? And do you know who can teach me, or where can I
> learn it? Just curious!! I will really appreciate it a lot, if you could
> give me some suggestions regarding this. Thanks again! for all your time! ;)
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Jan 22, 2014, at 7:15 PM, sami osborne <ligne14 at verizon.net> wrote:
>> Hello everybody.
>> I just registered to this list a few hours ago and this is my first post
>> here so let me introduce myself so you guys can know me better.
>> My name is Sami Osborne.  Just to clarify: Sami is spelled S, A, M, I.
>> I'm just clarifying that because I know that unless you edit the
>> pronunciation, those screen readers always pronounce my name wrong...
>> I am 16, and I am totally blind since birth.
>> I live in the state of New York, in a town called Nyack.  It is directly
>> to the north of New York City, and it's nice.  I've been living there as
>> long as I can remember.
>> I don't want to brag, but I speak 3 languages! I speak english of course,
>> and also French and Spanish.  I know French because my mother was born in
>> France and we go there every summer.  Not my dad, though, he's American.
>> But he does know French because he studied it in school.  That is of
>> course handy because then he can talk to my family in France, since the
>> majority of they don't speak English.
>> I know spanish because I used to study it for school, for, you're not
>> going to believe this, 9 and a half years! I don't study it anymore
>> because last year I took an exam that would determine if I would continue
>> with spanish or if I was finished, and I passed it.
>> When I grow up, I would either like to be a language interpreter or a
>> French or Spanish teacher at a school.  I actually am practicing those
>> jobs at school, because I now have 2 jobs involving languages.  One of
>> them is that I help the spanish teacher translate documents such as the
>> school's news-letter into Spanish for hispanic parents who don't speak
>> English.  My other job is that I teach one of my other teachers French and
>> she teaches me how to be a good teacher.
>> I attend a school for the blind in New York City, which is about 45
>> minutes away from my house.  The name of the school is the New York
>> Institute for Special Education.  I have been attending that school since
>> I was 12 and am enjoying it very much.
>> During my free time, I like to listen to the radio, go swimming, biking,
>> going on the computer, and playing the piano.
>> I go to a music school for the blind in Manhatan every Saturday for my
>> piano lessons.  I also enjoy that school alot, and I think that my teacher
>> is very nicedd
>> I am also a big tech guy...  I own numerous types of technology at home,
>> including a Windows computer with Jaws, a BrailleNote, (which I am using
>> right now to right this post), a Victor Reader Stream, and the new Ipad
>> Air, which I got last Christmas.
>> By the way,   I hope you all enjoyed reading my introduction, and am
>> excited to be part of this list.
>> I hope discussing on this list will be fun and interesting.
>> Sincerely,
>> Sami.
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