In this blog we get to know our new intern Coney, who is working in the public sector marketing team for 4 weeks, as part of her internship program. Coney originates from China, and has recently been studying at the University of Leeds.
What’s your background?
I come from China and have just completed my Masters at the University of Leeds, specialising in Media Industries. Prior to this, I studied English at University in China; I have been learning English for over ten years.
Why did you want to work in the language industry/marketing?
I have always been interested in how media theories work in real-life marketing campaigns, so I wanted to gain more practical experience.
I love languages because they enable us to communicate with the entire world, and they bring markets closer together.
Tell us about your studies
During my MA I learnt about media theories from a macro perspective. Also, I studied English language in my Bachelor degree, which covered a wide variety of related courses including linguistics, lexicology, grammar and literature.
What makes you get out of bed in the morning?
Literally, it’s a caramel latte…I’m kidding! It is the things I have scheduled in for that day and the tasks that I wish to accomplish that make me feel it is important to live the life to the fullest.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I enjoy watching TV series in my spare time, and I’m also a big Marvel fan.
Do you speak any other languages?
I speak a bit of French.
Who inspires you?
There is a very successful businessman in China that almost everyone knows – Ma Yun, the founder of one of the most popular online e-Commerce platforms, who used to be an English major student.
One of our lecturers at university often set him as an example to demonstrate that learning a language can lead to great achievements.
Any funny language stories to share?
As English is my second language, sometimes without knowing the context I make mistakes when speaking. I remember one time I used “meadow” simply because I forgot the word “lawn” and my friend said that I sounded like I was from the eighteenth century! I thought “meadow” was an appropriate substitute.
Any tips for those wanting to learn another language?
If you have an interest in learning a language, whatever the motivation is, just go for it and stick to it.
It will prove to be worthwhile in any respect, whether you do it for fun or for academic reasons.