Assigned To Train, Now Rejected!

Question:

I recently just came over a problem at work. I work in a small growing business so our shift is only about 5 employees. Oh, did I mention 90% are female, as myself am. I have 2 close work companions. They are Latin and do not speak English fluently. I’m half Latin. I am also bilingual. I speak English fluently and my Spanish is great. The work we do is injection molding. We all mainly work on one machine that requires 3 employees to run it: One sitting at the table to inspect the parts that we are making.

There are many other machines that run on their own which the supervisor always maintains. Since the business is growing and more parts are being ordered they are starting to slowly make changes and one of their goals is to get more employees on each shift to learn more about the machines. Now I am being taken out of my normal job duties to learn and train more. I like the change and I don’t have a problem learning.

When I return to my normal job duties I feel like I’m being snubbed. They ignore me. When I walk up they all stop talking. Which I am more than sure the conversation is about me. What I don’t understand is that this is not a competition and I am not trying to take over or be on top. I am not trying to be better than anyone. I didn’t even ask to be trained. I now always feel like the outcast of the group. The language barrier between them and the owners is very difficult. They understand common hello and good-bye conversations but they do not know much if work related conversations. It does not make me feel great when I am being taught something and I feel like they are burning a hole in my back. I have always been helpful to their needs. Anything they ask me or don’t understand I help them. They even bring me paper work from home to help them fill out, and I help them in an instant. Why am I being treated like this now? Can you please help me make an understanding of all this?

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Learning English But Slow Doing Assignments!

Question:

I’m learning English, and for me it is hard to explain to my co-workers that English is my second language. Because of my lack English, it takes me more time to finish my assignments even when I try and do my best. Sometimes I have to ask them too many times to speak slowly to me so I can read their lips and understand better. Some people don’t have patience and think I’m stupid. It really bothers me because I’m learning. That doesn’t mean that am not qualified to do my job.

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