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Charlie M.

Major(s) and Certificate(s) 

Accounting

Graduation Year 
2015
Current city 
Wauwatosa
Current state/province/country (if outside US) 
WI
What have you done since graduating from UW-Madison? 

I moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and started working for Onlinetaxman.com, which is an expatriate tax accounting company. I help with the day to day tax accounting and use my Portuguese when working with clients located in Brazil.

Language(s) 
What motivated you to study this/these languages? 

I always had a strong interest in Spanish so I continued studying it at UW-Madison. I started taking Portuguese since taking another romance language was an option for the Spanish major.

How have these languages enriched your life? 

I was able to land a job in Rio de Janeiro right out of college! Knowing Portuguese definitely made me a more versatile candidate.

How valuable were your out-of-classroom experiences? 

I studied abroad in São Paulo, Brazil and it opened my eyes up to the rest of the world. If possible, I recommend everyone spending some time in another country during their time at UW-Madison.

What advice do you have for current language students? 

Find people to practice with online!

What is your favorite word or phrase in a language you know? 

E aí, mermão. Beleza?—"What up homie?"