They learned English by listening to VOA.

Posted: 24 Apr 2010

New York Daily News, 23 Apr 2010, Clem Richardson: Ming Xia, a political science professor at the CUNY College of Staten Island, mastered English "in 1986 while teaching in the Department of International Politics at China's Fudan University by getting up at 6:30 a.m. to listen to the Voice of America radio broadcast."
MetroWest Daily News (Marlborough MA), 22 Apr 2010, Catherine Buday: "Born in Brazil, [Serg deLima] learned English from listening to radio broadcasts from the Voice of America and the British Broadcasting Channel."

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