INSTANDA is proud of our diversity within the workplace, extending to even the languages spoken within the team. In the latest installment of "Meet the Team," we are highlighting some our multi-lingual employees! Part one introduces our Marketing Executive, Rosalind Simpson.
15 different languages are spoken at INSTANDA! This ranges from Spanish to Turkish to Hebrew to Tamil! The full list is as follows: English, Spanish, French, Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati, Farsi, Turkish, Portuguese, Italian, Punjabi, Hebrew, Tamil, Polish, and Hungarian.
Meet Rosalind Simpson - Marketing Executive
Languages you speak: English & French
Where did you learn to speak these languages? I was born in London but my mother is French. So, apart from hearing my parents and family speak both languages, growing up I went to an English speaking school during the week and a bilingual French school on Saturdays. There, I learned to read and write French. I’ve spent a lot of time in France also with my French family, and even attended a French school in Brittany for a bit.
Favorite phase: « En avril, n’enlève pas un fil. Au mois de mai, fait ce qu’il te plaît »
Meaning: April weather is unpredictable, so keep your warm clothes on. Literal translation: In April, don’t remove a thread. In May, do what you want!
Have your multi-lingual abilities come in handy during your professional life? If so when/how: I studied Fashion Design & Marketing, and after graduating I decided to move to Paris to work for some French fashion brands. I had to speak French every day, which I hadn’t really done before unless I was with French family & friends. It was great learning slang, French jokes, and phrases that I hadn’t already learned from my family or in a text book - which ultimately improved my fluency.
Any advice to anyone thinking of learning a second (or 3rd) Language: Don’t be scared to try! Confidence is key when speaking a foreign language, conversing with a native speaker always helps with pronunciations and picking up new words or phrases.