Max: Breaking News Editor Leading with Japanese
Professionals across industries and skill levels are sharing how they Lead with Languages:
“There are ways to learn from native speakers outside of a classroom or country, from shows to language exchanges.”
Meet Max—a Breaking News Editor at Bloomberg News
Grew Up In: New York City
College: Cornell University
Majors: Asian Studies, Economics
Study Abroad: Independent study in Tokyo
How do you use your language skills in your work/career?
I use Japanese to report on primary source material like company earnings and press releases, as well as third-party outlets, for clients. I also use social media sites like Twitter to break news, including from Japanese accounts.
What is the biggest misconception Americans have about learning languages?
That you have to live in another country to become proficient in certain languages. I learned most of my Japanese in the U.S., and a colleague of mine who has never been to Japan works as a translator. There are ways to learn from native speakers outside of a classroom or country, from shows to language exchanges.
Do you have an interesting, moving, or humorous anecdote featuring your language skills to share?
A few years ago I was sitting at a cafe studying in New York for a Japanese proficiency test when a girl sitting nearby asked me why I was studying Japanese. She told me she was half Japanese and looking for a new job, possibly one involving Japanese. We stayed in touch and I helped her get a job in Japan. A few years later, she returned the favor by introducing me to my current company. It’s a small world!
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