For this assignment I have chosen to interview one of my cooperating teachers in the secondary school where I teach. She is an education professional, has been a wonderful mentor and someone I now consider a friend. This interview was conducted in English.
What is your full name?
“My name is Violet Rizzo”.
Me with Violet and her parents, they are a truly lovely family
Where do you live? What is your house like?
“I live in a small fishing village called Marsaxlokk. “Marsa” means “Harbor” in Maltese and “xlokk” pronounced “schlock” means south east. So I live in the south east part of the island.
“My home is a single family home. It is very simple and is an attached home. My favourite part of my home is the addition I had done a few years ago that I call the conservatory. It is a rustic looking sitting room where I sit and relax and where I read a book or enjoy a cup of coffee”.
View of Marsaxlokk
What is your family like?
“My family is very traditional. We all live in different parts of Europe: Malta, England, Scotland, Spain but we are still close and we are a loud and happy bunch when we are all together”. (Violet said this laughing).
How do you get around?
“I get around Malta in my car, the Maltese love their cars but I do take the bus from time to time and enjoy a good walk around the harbor every now and then”.
What types of clothing do you like to wear?
“Although I am an older woman, I do enjoy dressing in modern clothing but I do maintain being conservative. I like greens, browns and corals and I love accessories”.
What do you like to do in your free time?
“In my free time I enjoy a really good run/walk or Zumba class. I also enjoy going to the Marsaxlokk market and I very much enjoy a quiet day at home, sitting in my conservatory enjoying a good book and a cup of coffee”.
Beach in Marsaxlokk
What language(s) do you speak? How do you say “hello” in your language?
“Besides Maltese, I speak English, French and Italian. I enjoy language and think it is a beautiful thing to learn. There is no formal way of saying “hello” but we use “bonjour”, “hello” and an informal phrase in Maltese “ah he” which is like saying “hey”.
Do you have pets?
“I do not have pets, however Malta is known for their stray cats and there are always some hanging around my yard so I guess in a way I do have pets” Violet laughs saying.
Have you traveled? Where have you traveled to?
“Yes I have traveled, I love to travel and think it is important for people to travel and see the world. I have only traveled throughout Europe but have been to many places like England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Italy, France, Croatiam, Spain, Austria and Slovenia. Slovenia always surprises people but it is a really beautiful place that everyone should visit”.
View of Marsaxlokk Harbor and the famous “Luzzu” fishing boats
What do you do for work?
“I am an English teacher in a girls’ secondary school. I have been teaching for 32 years, in other words, too long” Violet laughs saying.
Is there anything else you would like to say to students in the United States?
“This may sound old fashioned of me but I do hope you study hard, enjoy school, learn another language, get involved because the opportunities a good education affords you are endless. Make it a priority to go to university and travel! There is no better way to gain a true understanding of the world you live in than by seeing it for yourself, take if from the woman who lives on a tiny island in the middle of the meditteranean”.