Juan Francisco Vivero is a Global Auditor at Heineken based in New York City. He received his bachelor's degree in Finance and Accounting from Sacred Heart University and earned his MBA from Fairfield University. After completing five years at Deloitte conducting financial statement audits, Juan accepted a position in Heineken Global Audit, an accelerated leadership program which exposes him to a wide range of business lines through numerous audits around the world. He is fluent in Spanish, English and is currently taking Portuguese lessons at Lingo Live to assist him on his current audits in Brazil.
"My responsibility is to add value to the business through the execution of audits in many Heineken offices around the world including Brazil and Portugal. During the past few month I’ve been conducting audits in Brazil and many times I’ve felt the need to communicate in Portuguese when dealing with the auditees," Juan says.
What was your level of Portuguese proficiency before taking lessons and how has your Portuguese improved?
My proficiency level before taking lessons was minimal. In fact, I was only relying on the similarities of some words and expressions from Spanish, my native language, when trying to speak or understand Portuguese. My proficiency level after taking lessons improved significantly as it has allowed me to be capable of comprehending the nature of the conversations and many times be able to respond to more complex questions.
What are some language learning milestones that you reached while taking lessons?
I completed important lessons that placed me in to real situations that I continuously face while at work. For instance, introducing myself, asking for directions, giving directions, and more. In addition, the review of new vocabulary every week was key in my learning.
What are your language learning goals for the rest of the year?
To be able to expand my vocabulary and conversation flow in Portuguese.
Is there any advice you would like to share with other students trying to learn Portuguese?
To try to take the most out of the lessons and then practice on your own time to maximize results.