Community Stories: Amy from Canada!

Viki has an amazing global community, full of countless stories that deserve to be shared. Here's one such story about an avid Viki community member.

Amy is a university student from Canada who loves watching television dramas and films from all over the world and stumbled upon Viki by chance in August 2012. Ever since her discovery, Amy has been an active community member and a Qualified Contributor since September 2012.

She not only spends a few hours a week subtitling and segmenting, but also serves as a moderator and instructor for the Segmenter 101 project for other community members. “Since I love watching dramas and movies so much, I feel that I should try and help others understand and enjoy the same types of entertainment that I enjoy,” Amy says in her Viki profile. “I hope that it could all be shared globally between people like you and me.” Read about how she discovered Viki below, and why it is now the first place she prefers to be when she has some spare time.

What's your Viki username?
AmyPun

What language(s) do you speak?
English, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Spanish, French

Which activities do you do often on Viki?
Viewing (watching shows, movies, etc.), Subtitling, Segmenting, Moderating, Channel Managing

How did you discover Viki?
I actually discovered Viki out of serendipity. At first, I heard the Taiwanese version of the OST for “Rooftop Prince” on YouTube. So I took a peek at the clips and instantly fell in love with the drama. I searched everywhere and Viki was where it’s available. I swear that I've watched “Rooftop Prince” approximately 10 times now.

What do you like most about Viki?
The part I like the most is being able to interactively communicate with other members of the community and contribute your expertise for the benefit of every viewer from different parts of the world. I feel a sense of accomplishment.

Has Viki helped you to learn or practice another language?
Viki has helped me practice my Korean. I took the community’s own Segmenter 101 course, and graduated from both Traditional and Express 101 programs. Now I’m teaching students how to segment and also serve as a moderator for Seg101 and Express101. I really enjoy my experience learning and teaching how to segment.

Through segmenting Korean videos and interacting with Korean subtitlers and editors such as cgwm808, my Korean ability went from zero to basic Korean. I understand quite a few single words, phrases and honorifics.

Have you made friends in the Viki community?
I made quite a few friends at Viki. My first group of friends were subtitlers I became acquainted with through subtitling on Chinese and Taiwanese dramas. My current friends have come through the Segmenter 101 course and through collaboration on on-air drama.

I don’t think I would have successfully managed the Taiwanese drama “Two Fathers” and “Love Around” without the sincere and unconditional support from my subtitler and segmenter friends at Viki.

Despite the “Two Fathers” channel getting off to a rocky start, we managed to pull through and now have almost 4,000 fans. My other channel “Love Around,” has around 17,000 fans!

What’s your favorite genre on Viki?
Korean Dramas, Taiwanese Dramas, Music

What’s your favorite drama that you’re watching right now?
I told you all about my passion for “Rooftop Prince.” If I had to really choose my most recent favorite drama, it would be “Gu Family Book.” The story line was very interesting, the main leads performed well in their roles, and it was a very good drama overall.

Do you have any special memories to share?
My most pleasurable memory is the success of my “Amy’s Vikipedia of Segmenting Skills” found on my profile page. I managed to improve new segmenters’ segmenting skills using it. It’s also an effective tool I use to teach my Segmenter 101 students.

My Vikipedia wouldn’t be possible without the coaching I received while I was a student in the program, as well as collaboration with other graduates, mentors and graduation panelists on my Guideline, Diary, and Segmenting Bible. Special thanks should be given to my mentor narin78, as well as cgwm808, mihaelagh, marykarmelina, RoxieHar, Mazza, luzclarita81, jojoo, Tou66, Va12ni and many others.