Stories on this page are the outcomes of various community initiatives and interactions. Since the community is driven voluntarily, passionate Mindtree Minds decide the community objective, identify gaps, chart out a roadmap, leverage different techniques and intervention models that benefit other like-minded members. This also helps them network with each other, stay connected, make friends and build trust.
We did a community survey and found out that 23% saw a great progress in the way community initiative has evolved in 2011. 8% said the community activities have made a direct impact in their work/project and it was a life saver for them. 47% noticed a positive impact (personally/professionally) on themselves as well as others.
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MindTree Minds who interface with clients from non-English speaking geographies sometimes have tough time in understanding client conversations. Either they have to be dependent on a translator to decode what the client’s needs are or they are dependent on their peers who understand client’s native language. The need also stemmed from the belief that understanding a foreign language also gets one closer to the local culture.
There are other scenarios where some passionate community members like to learn languages like Spanish or Japanese even though they are not working with Japanese or Spanish clients. There are others who have learnt Spanish/Japanese in the past but they want to stay connected with the language. Whereas others who intend to travel or relocate to continental Europe/Latin America or Japan prefer to learn Spanish and Japanese language respectively as it is widely spoken there. It would also help them to converse with locals in their daily life.
The engagements under Spanish track (El Viernes Español) were conducted once a week and typically lasted for about an hour. Around 19 in-person events happened which included practice sessions as well. Janani designed the series and Vidit chipped-in by coordinating the practice sessions. This series covered basics of Spanish language to few advanced stuff. The rules of grammar, verb conjugations and numbers were presented as slides as well as audio-video. The series also included areas like answering telephone calls, conversing about health, likes and dislikes, planning for weekend trips and so on. Many people participated from other locations via live meeting and bridge lines.
Sneha, who lead the Japanese series, was one among many other participants who got inspired from the Spanish series. She designed this learning series in 10 interesting events. She covered Japanese alphabets, basic Japanese greetings, number system and counting in Japanese, and how to tell time in Japanese to name a few. She also covered topics like pronouns/nouns commonly used in Japanese and basic sentence structures, the grammatical rules pertaining to Japanese verbs and most importantly she taught on culturally accepted or prevalent behavior and customs in Japan. This gave a lot of confidence to the participants.
Approximately 330+ members attended Spanish series whereas about 150 members attended the Japanese track. Passionate members got an understanding of Spanish as well as Japanese languages. Their enthusiasm was so high that they continued their discussion and interacted asynchronously even after the series came to an end. Janani continues to receive emails and calls from the community/project managers whenever they need any assistance. Janani not only enjoyed her community experience but also got motivated to write a book titled “How to learn Spanish in 10 days”. Ranjani G one of the participants of Spanish series said,
“Spanish classes helped me to understand the basics and simple usage of phrases and made my interactions with the client more lively and helpful.”
On the Japanese side most of community members got appreciation from their Japanese speaking customers as they were able to understand their customer requirements better. One of the participants, Perumal Ramaiah said,
“It is really helpful if you know your customer language & culture. “Japanese Learning Series” helped me to understand not only the project requirement in better way but also it helped me to understand what the language consultant is discussing with them.”