Meet our tutors - Kainaaz

 

“I do have very many professions. I don’t know where to start... my actual profession is I’m an actress and filmmaker in the Indian film industry. I’m a producer, editor, camerawoman, and scriptwriter.”

Kainaaz is a multi-talented woman. She was raised in India, and speaks four different Indian languages - Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Gujarati - alongside her mother tongue, Farsi. Rather annoyingly, these languages seem to have come naturally to her! As a language learner myself, I envy her - and asked how she managed it.

“Interaction is the best way by far – conversing with people, meeting different people, of different cultures, different places – would really help with learning the language, because then you are forced to speak it, you have no choice.”

Kainaaz by Lena © Chatterbox 2016

Kainaaz by Lena © Chatterbox 2016

And how does such an accomplished and motivated person find life in the UK?

“I didn’t bring anything except myself, and a little suitcase. The way we flee our country – it’s not something that you can bring stuff with you. I had to leave everything behind.

“I had been to the UK many times, with filmmaking and acting. Then, it was different, because I came as a different person I did things as a different person. Now, I am treated differently, I feel differently. But I am grateful that I am in a country where I am safe."

Ellie & Kainaaz by Lena © Chatterbox 2016

Ellie & Kainaaz by Lena © Chatterbox 2016

Kainaaz works with Chatterbox to help students of Farsi improve their confidence in fluency. I asked why she got in touch.

"The word Chatterbox itself! I should say that – I love that word. When I started reading more about Chatterbox after the name itself, it interested me a lot, knowing the kind of activities that you guys were doing. Basically, I think you guys are doing a fantastic job by helping asylum seekers and refugees. I wanted to be a part of that."

Kainaaz by Lena © Chatterbox 2016

Kainaaz by Lena © Chatterbox 2016