One I first arrived in Brazil, I spoke, at best, 10 words of Portuguese. Sure, I spoke a bit of Spanish, but Portuguese, the language of Brazil, Portugal, and a sprinkling of African countries, is quite different from its next closest cousin.
One I first arrived in Brazil, I spoke, at best, 10 words of Portuguese.
Fast forward to today, May 12, and I am mostly fluent. I still struggle with complex grammar, masculine and feminine (why does this exist!), and some pronunciation. But the key is that I speak without needing to think beforehand; I can convey what I feel or want, and, best of all, I understand jokes and ‘girias’ (slang).
Several weeks ago, I was in one of my classes at Fundação Getulio Vargas, and a small business consultancy came and hosted a ‘How to Pitch 101’ session. It was an engaging pitch that included episodes of SharkTank, and even some impromptu pitches from members of the class. I was impressed with the presentation, and the company seemed like a cool, exciting place.
A few interviews later, I start working at 7bi, the company, as an Operations intern. My job title is intentionally broad; in just three weeks, I have developed proposals for clients, dabbled in graphic design, and created my own business concept. For me, it has been the perfect startup experience; lots of different roles, fast-paced work, and a relaxed environment.