Meet Altan, the LingoStar!

Full name: Altan Michelle Maidrig

Job Role: In-house Language Service Professional

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Please explain your job role:

My role at Lingoing is In-house Language Service Provider, on a day to day basis, I provide communication support whether it be relaying from Sign Language to English or English to Sign Language, I also work with my lovely fellow co-worker when interpreting for team meetings or if there are any urgent bookings where they need an LSP, then I come along! Most of the week, I work with our lovely Deaf members of staff and ensure any communication needs are supported. As well as being the in-house LSP, I also do a few bits and bobs whether it be bugging my interpreter friends to cover last minute bookings (which I’m sure they’re completely used to now!) or making fantastic cups of tea which Ovals is familiar with!

Why Lingoing?

My first step into my journey with Lingoing started with covering a last minute booking for a friend who was already working for Lingoing. I was quite hesitant as this was my very first freelance job and so already taxes were on my mind!! Fortunately, the booking went smoothly and the client was very lovely! I then did a few more freelance bookings which eventually turned into working with the team quite regularly throughout the week. I had originally planned to stop freelancing at the end of the summer and go back to my regular job elsewhere however that was not the case as I am still here six months on! I was offered a position to work with Lingoing which I was more than happy to take on as I felt that Lingoing really stood out from other BSL providers, if I were to use one word to describe Lingoing, it would be ‘ethical’ why? Because everything Lingoing does in my experience is seamless and transparent. There are no hidden fees and costs and Lingoing genuinely cares about having a positive impact on the Deaf community – the founders Sadaqat and Saduf are the most down to earth people I have ever met and everything they do for Lingoing is from the bottom of their heart.

Personally having grown up and being exposed to the Deaf community from an early age, I have been aware of the politics and issues in this industry and every day I see firsthand everything Lingoing tries to do to empower both Deaf individuals and Interpreters as fairly and as equally which really resonates with me. And a bonus is that the team I work with, probably without a doubt, the best team I have ever worked with who go above and beyond to ensure both Deaf people and Interpreters needs are met.

What do you do outside of work?

I am a bit of a social bee, so I’m usually out with my friends grabbing food, drinking some delicious cocktails, going out etc! (Food plays a big part in my life, mmmm). I also love to spend time with my family as well. I am a bit of a history geek so I love going to museums and watching documentaries about history and researching about different cultures especially food in different cultures! Yum yum yum! I definitely want to travel the world.

What is your favourite film?

I like a bit of everything however I have two favourite films and they’re both Mongolian (as I am from the land of warriors, Mongolia! haha) so I guess I am being a little biased. They’re called ‘The Weeping Camel’ and the ‘Cave of the Yellow Dog’ – absolutely brilliant films with a fantastic meaning behind them about culture, identity and family. I also really like ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ which I totally recommend. However I am also a rom com/comedy/adventure lover! I’ll watch pretty much anything really and I’m a crier when it comes to films, so get the tissues ready!

However… when it comes to TV shows (now that is a different story) – I AM OBSESSED WITH FRIENDS, I have already watched all 10 seasons and now I am re watching from season 1, I think I need to go to a ‘friends’ rehab, anyone else want to join me? Friends anonymous? FA?

What is the worst food you’ve ever eaten?

This is a hard question!! I cannot really pin point the worst food I have ever eaten although this might be a little weird… but I don’t like fat especially lamb fat eughhh – this probably stems from growing up eating Mongolian food and we Mongolians eat a lot of meat! And on the meat there’s always a juicy layer of fat and I cannot get it down my throat, I have an automatic gag reflex, not sexy.

But if I try anything worse than that, I will definitely update my answer! Promise!

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