Meet Mango Elf Gulshen Karahann

Sep 30, 2011 4:33:04 AM / by Mango Languages

Feature Friday:

We have had the pleasure of Gulshen's presence at the Mango Grove since November of 2010. I recently talked to her about her background and found it super interesting.

Gulshen was born in Korla, People's Republic of China. She moved to the U.S. in 1999 because her husband was going to graduate school here. She had learned English in college and had studied linguistics, specifically Turkic languages. Gulshen speaks Uyghur (her native tongue, a member of Turkic Language family), Mandarin Chinese, and English. She understands most of the Central Asian languages as well.

She loved the linguistic graduate program back in China as she learned about the history of her native language, why certain words are used and where many words are borrowed from. But when she moved to the U.S. she had to stop her linguistic studies, not many schools here specialize in Turkic languages. Hmmm...I wonder why. ;-) She started a family but made a promise to her dad to finish her Master's degree.

After her son was born she applied to college here in the U.S. and decided to go into accounting. Crazy right!?! A friend of hers said she could get a good job in this field, so she thought she would give it a try. She ended up loving it and finished Schoolcraft College in August 2007 and transferred her credits to Walsh College in September 2007. She received her bachelor's degree in accounting from Walsh College in December 2009.

She found Mango through an online job search and fell in love with the idea of working at a language company where both her passion for linguistics and her knowledge of accounting could be put into practice. Gulshen is The Numberist (number+linguist) who makes sense of our numbers and accounting here at Mango Languages. We are so glad to have her and her very rich background here at the Grove.

Do you use what you went to school for?

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