TEMECULA, Calif. – A California girl didn’t let a language barrier stop her from making a new friend.
Amanda Moore, 10, was heartbroken when she noticed a new classmate, Rafael, who recently moved from Mexico, was having a hard time making friends. He had been eating lunch alone, and she wanted to invite him to sit with her, but he is still learning English.
“I just wanted to tell him it’s OK if he could sit over by us,” Amanda told KABC. “Even though we can’t really speak Spanish together, I don’t really know Spanish, but we could still hang out.”
So Amanda used Google Translate to write a letter to Rafael in Spanish.
Her letter read, “Would you like to sit with me today? Look for me and I will show you where I sit. We can color or simply tell scary stories. Thank you for your time, signed Amanda.”
Her mother, Kimber Kinard, said Rafael got emotional when he read the letter.
“She walked over and gave it to him, and he stared at Amanda and then he opened it up and was trying to read it,” Kinard told KABC. “When he finished reading it, his eyes were welling up with tears and then Amanda’s eyes were welling up with tears… And then the whole class stood up and applauded. He stood up and hugged her.”
Watch the heartwarming story below: