Name & Place of Origin
My name is Alana Hanada and I originally come from Fortaleza, Brazil! It’s located in the northeastern coast of the country and it’s known for its beautiful beaches and great seafood. But, I moved to the United States with my mother when was 12 years old and have spent half of my life living in a small town called Janesville in the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin is a great state for people who love cheese and beer! I also lived a short time in Yokohama, Japan when I was a small child.
What do you enjoy about working in ESL?
I love working in an international environment with people from all over the world. I had a very multicultural life while I was growing up so I feel very comfortable being surrounded by a diverse group! I really enjoy learning about other cultures and traditions, especially when it involves food.
Have you ever taught ESL in a foreign country? If so, tell us a bit about it!
I have never taught ESL, but I used to be an ESL student! I can definitely relate to a lot of the students we have and I remember how fun but frustrating it was to be immersed in a language I wasn’t very familiar with. It took a lot of hard work to get to where I am now with English, but I never stopped trying to improve. It might be surprising to some, but I even had a much stronger accent a few years ago!
How long have you lived in the Bay Area?
I have lived in San Francisco for almost 2 years. My husband and I originally came to visit the area during our honeymoon 3 years ago, but we loved it so much we decided that we should move here! It’s the best decision we have ever made! The variety of activities and food you can find here is second to none.
What do you like to do for fun?
For fun I love to make a lot of food and invite my friends over so we can eat and play video games or watch movies. I also really like drawing and painting and visiting museums and farmers markets. Another activity I really enjoy is swing dancing! I am a lindy hopper and try to go to dancing as often as my feet can handle.
Do you have a favorite English word or phrase you can share with us?
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I really like the word “embrace”. It can mean the physical act of holding someone or something closely, but it also implies care and affection for what is being held.
Alana’s cat Jess.