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Englishnization and I
イングリッシュナイゼーション
         と私


      Eiji Shinohara
       2012.10.20        1
Introduction

Eiji Shinohara – Software Engineer
Educational Background
   HighSchool: Attached to University( 附属
    校)
    Never experienced Univ entrance exam…
   University: Bachelor of Law( 文系 )
    Japanese universities are easy to
    graduate…

 I didn’t study English so hard…             2
Introduction
In 2006




 Internet! Google! Open source!!
      Touched something to me.

     From   SIer To Rakuten        3
Before E13N
In 2007
DevOps
    Rakuten ID
    Rakuten SuperPoint
    Providing APIs for Taiwan Ichiba

          As a platform, our target was
           not only Taiwan but   Global
                                          4
Before E13N
In 2008
 Collaborate with LinkShare
   Rakuten bought LinkShare in 2005

 LinkShare opportunity    in NY!!
    Applied for that open position….




                                       5
Before E13N
In 2008




I couldn’t make it due to my
poor English… But,,,

“Global opportunities
were already existed”

                               6
Before E13N
In 2009
  Got used to read tech things in English
    Now a days, that is normal, isn’t it?
  There are NOT enough Japanese Documents…




                                             7
E13N
In 2010
  Study hard with iKnow
   Date      Listening Reading   Total
   Jan ’10   380      310        690
   May ’10   395      265        660
   Sep ’10   395      365        760
   May ’11   450      380        830

  • Business trip to NY for 2 weeks
      Made me highly motivated
      Using English became realistic
                                         8
E13N & Opportunities
In 2011 & 2012
In Japan
   Working with International Employees
   My mentee is from India
   Communicating in English
   Email, Yammer, Agenda,,,




                                           9
E13N & Opportunities
In 2011 & 2012
In Abroad
   San Francisco
    Smartphone, Agile/Scrum, Meetup
   Toronto
    Kobo, Search, QA, Trouble Shoot




                                      10
I think,,,
Just between us… ( ココだけの話 … )
We engineers can communicate…
“Proper English” might not be so important…




          # Skype chat after fixing bugs…   11
How to study English
Any Special?




   Vocabulary        Conversation
                                    12
Finally
 Rakuten has been proceeding Globalization
    Not only English
    I don’t feel we’re crazy
 Being an Engineer is beneficial to ride the
  Global wave
    Japanese Engineers are skilled enough
 Becoming like a native English is not so easy…
    Nervous about discussion after this…lol
    But,, need to have fun!!
                                                13
14

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RakutenTechConf2012 - Englishnization - Eiji Shinohara

  • 2. Introduction Eiji Shinohara – Software Engineer Educational Background  HighSchool: Attached to University( 附属 校) Never experienced Univ entrance exam…  University: Bachelor of Law( 文系 ) Japanese universities are easy to graduate… I didn’t study English so hard… 2
  • 3. Introduction In 2006 Internet! Google! Open source!! Touched something to me. From SIer To Rakuten 3
  • 4. Before E13N In 2007 DevOps  Rakuten ID  Rakuten SuperPoint  Providing APIs for Taiwan Ichiba As a platform, our target was not only Taiwan but Global 4
  • 5. Before E13N In 2008  Collaborate with LinkShare Rakuten bought LinkShare in 2005  LinkShare opportunity in NY!! Applied for that open position…. 5
  • 6. Before E13N In 2008 I couldn’t make it due to my poor English… But,,, “Global opportunities were already existed” 6
  • 7. Before E13N In 2009 Got used to read tech things in English Now a days, that is normal, isn’t it? There are NOT enough Japanese Documents… 7
  • 8. E13N In 2010 Study hard with iKnow Date Listening Reading Total Jan ’10 380 310 690 May ’10 395 265 660 Sep ’10 395 365 760 May ’11 450 380 830 • Business trip to NY for 2 weeks  Made me highly motivated  Using English became realistic 8
  • 9. E13N & Opportunities In 2011 & 2012 In Japan  Working with International Employees  My mentee is from India  Communicating in English  Email, Yammer, Agenda,,, 9
  • 10. E13N & Opportunities In 2011 & 2012 In Abroad  San Francisco Smartphone, Agile/Scrum, Meetup  Toronto Kobo, Search, QA, Trouble Shoot 10
  • 11. I think,,, Just between us… ( ココだけの話 … ) We engineers can communicate… “Proper English” might not be so important… # Skype chat after fixing bugs… 11
  • 12. How to study English Any Special? Vocabulary Conversation 12
  • 13. Finally  Rakuten has been proceeding Globalization Not only English I don’t feel we’re crazy  Being an Engineer is beneficial to ride the Global wave Japanese Engineers are skilled enough  Becoming like a native English is not so easy… Nervous about discussion after this…lol But,, need to have fun!! 13
  • 14. 14