At LinguaLinx, words and languages are our business and our passion. Our success depends having a team of great people behind our work! We’d like to show you a little bit of who we are. With that, join us in welcoming Ryan Freligh to the team as our newest Project Manager! Ryan joined our team in February 2017. He brings years of experience as a linguist, and is making the move to an agency/project management side. We sat down with Ryan during his first week on the job to talk about his new role and a few other random questions!
Welcome to our team! Let’s start with: “Why LinguaLinx?”
The project manager position at LinguaLinx appealed to me because it would provide me with an in-house perspective into the Translation Industry. Furthermore, as a linguist, it’s a really great way to bring my background into a new position outside of translation.
What skills from your previous jobs will help you out in this new role?
My 5 years of industry experience and perspective as a linguist, for sure. I believe my knowledge of translation and the issues that come up when going from one language to another is definitely an advantage in this position.
What excites you most about coming to work here?
Having worked as a freelancer for the past year, it’s really nice to have co-workers!
Where did you attend school and what was your major?
I went to Montclair State University and majored in French: Translation with minors in Russian and German. Then, I went on to graduate school at University of Wisconsin-Madison where I completed my masters in German.
You’ll be based in Philadelphia. What brought you to that area?
I moved from Chicago to Philly with my best friend simply because we both wanted a change of scenery.
What do you like most about living in Philadelphia?
Philadelphia has great history and has a very “European” vibe. I live in one of the up-and-coming neighborhoods so there is always something exciting going on.
Do you speak multiple languages? If so, what prompted you to learn them?
I have a passion for languages; I speak French, German, and Dutch and have also studied Russian, Swedish, and Mandarin. Curiosity has been a big motivator as well as my love of travelling.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I love exploring cities, checking out bookstores and trying restaurants. I hope to get back to Europe this coming year as well.
Tell us one random fact about you.
I’m pretty extroverted and, like most linguists, I love to talk!
What is your favorite place you’ve visited and why?
A few summers ago, I studied in Amsterdam. It’s definitely my favorite city thus far because of its unique architecture and history.