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Working at Cookpad UK

Working at Cookpad UK

Have you heard that we have an office in Bristol, UK? Yusei Nishiyama, an iOS engineer who moved from Japan to UK last year, is going to talk about:
- The UK office
- Our members
- Life in UK
- Difficulties in English environment and how to overcome it
You will see how exciting working at Cookpad UK is and ... how to be a part of it!

Yusei Nishiyama

February 27, 2018
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  1. Working at Cookpad UK
    Cookpad Tech Kitchen #14
    Yusei Nishiyama (@yuseinishiyama)
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  2. The Goal
    • You get to know
    • We expand abroad
    • We have a HQ in the UK
    • We are hiring people there
    • And finally, you can imagine clearly how working at Cookpad UK
    is like
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  3. Agenda
    • Who am I?
    • Life in Bristol
    • The product and the team
    • Using English at work
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  4. Who am I?
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  5. Hi there
    !
    , I'm Yusei Nishiyama
    • An iOS Engineer
    • Majored in Aesthe4cs
    • Live in Bristol, UK
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  7. Conferences
    • CodeMobile (Chester, UK)
    • iOSDevUK (Aberystwyth, UK)
    • FrenchKit (Paris, France)
    • MobilizaAon (Łódź, Poland)
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  8. References
    • h#ps:/
    /academy.realm.io/posts/yusei-nishiyama-
    mobiliza9on-2017-building-ios-apps-at-scale/
    • h#ps:/
    /medium.com/@yuseinishiyama/d40e35b6de56
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  9. Mo#va#on to move
    • I'm so lazy
    • I should put myself in a challenging environment where I can't
    escape from
    • Maximise my odds
    • I don't know what's going to happen. I just want to be in a
    be@er posiAon at the right Aming
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  10. Systems vs. Goals
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  11. Life in Bristol
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  19. The product and the team
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  20. Cookpad Global
    • 30M Monthly Users
    • Supports 22 languages in 68 countries
    • Approximately 200 members in
    different countries
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  21. Squad & Chapter
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  22. The iOS chapter
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  23. • Challenges in working on a product suppor5ng different
    languages and loca5ons

    !
    Kentaro's talk
    • Challenges in process and workflow in a highly distributed team

    !
    Pawel & Chris' talks
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  24. Using English at work
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  25. Do you speak English?
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  26. Yes
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  27. Well, it really varies
    • You may convey and understand only general meaning in very
    familiar situa5ons
    • You may be able to handle basic communica5on in your own
    field
    • You may handle complex detailed argumenta5on very well
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  28. Knowing where you are
    Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CERF)
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  29. Facts
    • Cookpad Global is a 100% English environment
    • The half of the iOS chapter is English na?ve speakers
    • 80% of members in Bristol are non-Japanese
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  30. My takeaways
    • You may need to be at or above B2
    • Once you get to this stage, moving to an English-speaking
    country speeds up your learning significantly
    • If you are below B2, the environment may be too much and
    studying more beforehand may be a good idea
    • Intake vs. Input. Only intake can serve as the basis for
    language development
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  31. What worked for me
    • Cheap online English lessons (to maximise 3me to produce
    con3nuous speech)
    • Checking through a grammar book to know your weak points
    • Building vocabularies with apps with a reminder
    • English to English dic3onary
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  32. • Cultural understanding
    • Ge0ng all info in English
    • Medium, Ne9lix, language se0ngs, etc
    • Thinking in English
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  34. • bicycle
    • binary
    • bilingual
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  35. • biped
    • biennial
    • binoculars
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  36. Let's make a PR
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  38. People will like it!
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  40. #$@&%*!
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  41. It's not that easy
    • In a team, just being an English user is not enough
    • You need to be good enough to be a good communicator
    • Moving from intermediate to advanced is hard
    • I can cope with most of the situa=ons with my very limited ability
    as people normally try to understand me
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  42. • There's no methodology works for everyone at this stage
    • Language produc;on may be adequate but o>en lacks the
    characteris;cs of natural speech
    • There are persistent, fossilized language errors
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  43. Moving beyond the plateau
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  44. The only thing I want you to
    remember is...
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  46. • If you fulfil the following condi3ons, this should be a perfect
    opportunity
    • You have a good understanding of either iOS, Android, Web,
    Data Analysis, Infrastructur, or ML
    • You want to work abroad
    • You have an intermediate level English skill
    • Issues regarding reloca3on and visa will be handled by the
    company. Don't worry about it.
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  47. Ques%ons?
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