In what way did Mr Shimerda want Jim to help Antonia??

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The Shimerda family has moved to Nebraska from Bohemia. Jim is an orphan. He also comes to Nebraska from elsewhere. He must live with his grandparents after his parents die. Mr. Shimerda is very depressed over having to leave the old country and move to the United States. He wants Jim to help Antonia with her English. He realizes that Antonia is a lively, intelligent girl and he encourages her friendship with Jim. He also believes that Jim will be able to teach Antonia the ways of the new world as he helps her with her English. Jim also helps Antonia with her reading.

Jim befriends Antonia and their friendship lasts until adulthood, even though Jim eventually moves away and Antonia gets married. Although Jim has helped Antonia with speaking, reading and writing English, she does not lose her accent over the course of the novel.

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