Anny Globalme QA Lead
Hello there! My name is Anny, and I am a QA Tester for Taiwanese Mandarin at Globalme. Yes, there is quite a difference between Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese! The differences between them a bit like British English versus American English. But, when localizing software, hardware, websites, and so on, even the slight variances are important.
Anyways! Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am, unsurprisingly based on my QA tester language, originally from a small town on the East of Taiwan where I grew up surrounded by beaches and mountains (quite like Vancouver, without the cold). It was wonderful living within nature yet so near to big and energizing city. Regardless of the time of day (or night), there was always fun to be had and entertainment to partake in. Plus, the street food in Taiwan is unreal *drools*.
My father was in the air force, and was deployed to Seoul, Korea, when I was still quite young – we ended up living there for seven years in total! I learnt English through the International schools that I attended, sparking my interest of Western culture and my goal of going abroad for exchange. After moving back to Taiwan, I went on to study at Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages, majoring in English and German. For university, I studied at Tamkang university in Tamshui where I majored in English. It was then I was able to achieve my goal; During my sophomore year, I went to Sacramento, California for exchange and fell totally in love with North America.
Post graduation, I had a bit of a crisis (which I’m sure many of you out there go through). I didn’t quite know what I wanted to do or where to go! Although I loved cultures and languages, I didn’t want to be an interpreter or translator full-time. Eventually I decided to stay in Taiwan to work on my behind-the-scenes passion: movies. I joined on as an Editor at a film magazine and worked there for over two years before deciding to make the move to Vancouver; a city I knew had a bustling film industry. However, because of how vibrant the scene is in Vancouver, it was more difficult than expected to find an available position. Though I have years of experience working at a film-related magazine, most of the openings required actual experience on set.
So, I started to hunt down other career options while I worked on gaining some more tangible experience in the Vancouver film industry. I got involved with Globalme’s in-car speech data collection project, and was eventually invited back to work on Vancouver Projector Rentals as well as QA testing full-time.
I love how multicultural Globalme is; bringing people from different backgrounds and opinions to the table is extremely valuable in growing a company. It makes a huge difference in creating a unique and open work culture. Globalme is home to such an encouraging atmosphere. There’s no absolute hierarchy within the team, so there are always ideas and opinions flying around the room.
Here are two truths and one lie about me. Take a guess at what is what, and tweet it at us at @Globalmedotnet!
- I’m fluent in five languages, including Taiwanese
- Fish (very terrifyingly) like to bite me
- I used to walk 1.5km to get a train station