In my experience, When I came to United States I couldn't understand much English but, I could read. After four months, I told to my ESL classmate that I wanted to get my driving permit, but "I don't know English right know, so I have to wait until I understand well English". Then he told me" no don't say that you can't do it, you are smart. Also, he said, "me and my friend got our drive permit last week, so you can too. After that I started to read to get my permit test and I passed the second time. Therefore, because my ESL classmate told me that I am smart, I got my drive permit after four months in the Untied States. I never forget my classmate's perspective of me.