I am Hayato Yamashita and currently working in Escuela Falcon as an intern. In this blog, I would like to describe our new staff member, Francesca Mondini. She is from Switzerland and started working here in May 2016. I interviewed her and asked 13 questions in total. Please enjoy reading this blog and getting to know Francesca!
1. How did you find out about Escuela Falcon?
Francesca: One day I was walking on the street in the city center and I happened to ask to a passerby if he knew a school nearby. He immediately and luckily took me to Escuela Falcon.
Me: What a coincident encounter with Escuela Falcon!
2. What is your job position and what do you do?
Francesca: I’m an Office administrator and I’m responsible for the reception and the organization of big events (such as school parties, etc…)
Me: For readers, because she is the receptionist, Francesca would be the first person to encounter when you visit Escuela Falcon! She is a very hard-worker but never forgets to smile She is one of the best receptionists here at Escuela Falcon. She is very kind and welcoming. Do not hesitate to ask her any questions.
3. How do you like the EF?
Francesca: I enjoy working at Escuela Falcon a lot; first of all, all the members of the staff are wonderful people and always available to help. Secondly students are very friendly and it is just wonderful to see how their Spanish/English improves in such a short time!
4. What makes you feel rewarded when you work?
Francesca: When I talk to students and they tell me that their level of understanding has improved a lot and that they surely hope to come back soon to Escuela Falcon.
5. How do you like Guanajuato?
Francesca: I like Guanajuato very much; its beautiful architecture, colors and mountains just make me feel in awe of this amazing city every day.
Me: I agree with that. The buildings are very classic and we can find Spanish influence in those buildings. Yes, here is such a beautiful city!
6. Where is your favorite place in Guanajuato?
Francesca: I particularly like the plaza Calle Ponciano Aguilar, where there is the Basilica Colegiata de Nuestra Señora de Guanajuato.
Me: For those who do not know where it is, here is a photo of her favorite place in Guanajuato. Voila !
7. In your opinion, as a foreigner, what are some big cultural differences between Mexico and your home town? (Food, people’s personalities, fashion etc…)
Francesca: Since I came to Mexico I have noticed that people are generally very open and friendly. In my country most people don’t talk to strangers on the street or at the bus stop. Another thing that is totally different from my country is the tasty Mexican food, especially chilaquiles: yummy! Chilaquiles is my favorite food, but I try not to eat too much of it; it is a heavy meal!
8. What part of your own culture are you proud of and what part of Guanajuato’s culture do you like?
Francesca: I’m proud that in my culture respect is generally the first thing people learn. In addition, politeness is also very common in Switzerland. In Mexican culture I appreciate that families are normally very united and it is never too late to find some time to be together, share a meal and an agua de Jamaica.
9. How many languages can you speak?
Francesca: My native tongue is Italian, but I can speak English quite well, as well as German and Spanish. I can also communicate and write in French but it has been a long time since I have practiced and studied it.
Me: Wow!!! You can use five languages!?!?
10. What are the keys to speaking many languages?
Francesca: The key, of course, is to study hard. If you love the language it goes a long way to helping you improve your level of understanding.
Me: I see. That is a quite reasonable answer. You must have studied languages very hard in your life. I will study harder than before and want to speak many languages!
11. If you were an animal, what animal would you be? And Why?
Francesca: If I were an animal, I would be a bird in order to fly away and travel as much as I could, feeling freedom within my body and mind.
12. What is your dream?
Francesca: My dream is to travel all around the world (I know it is most people’s dream, but it is what I have been dreaming of for at least 5 years!)
Me: That is an ambitious dream! Please make your dream come true someday. By the time you travel all over the world, you will be able to speak more and more languages Thank you so much for answering many questions! I could get to know you more than before!