François worked several years with the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After a number of international assignments, he decided to take up a job with the Protocol section of the Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, where he stayed three years. After the Games, François moved back to the Canadian capital where he juggles his interest in consulting and language learning. During his years of study and work outside his home country, François had several opportunities to dabble in languages other than his native French, including German, Swedish, Arabic and Spanish. Here, he talks a little about his new challenge: learning Brazilian Portuguese. “As I once explained to classmates, there are three reasons I became interested in learning Portuguese:
- I have a good friend who is Portuguese (and we like to surprise one another);
- Having worked for the Organizing Committee of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games, I am interested in preparations for Rio 2016; but most important…
- Ever since my teenage years, I have been intrigued and captivated by ‘Bossa Nova’ and Brazilian music in general.