From his time in the Peace Corps to working as an international aid worker, Scott Webb, Program Officer with the Food Security unit of the IRD (International Relief & Development), has learned and used many languages in his work. Here, Scott tells us where, how, and why he learned his languages and shares some good advice for anyone speaking French in former French colonies.
By Scott Webb
“Du pain, s’il vouz plait,” I said.
“Du quoi?” the waitress replied.
“Du pain,” I repeated. She raised her chin and stared at me, shrugging her shoulders slightly before looking around for something else to do.
“Quoi?” she said again. This went on for another three rounds before I pointed to some bread that another customer was eating… read more