Volunteer: Gerald Plotkin
From Chicago, studied at UW-Madison, French instructor in the States, taught English at the Ecole Normale Supérieure d'Abidjan during Peace Corps. Retired to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Contributions from Gerald Plotkin
Terry and I took the same bus to school each day, he teaching at the university, I as an English instructor at the Teacher Training College of Abidjan. We both spoke French fluently, and had been placed in a dioula class during training, resulting in our enjoying chatting, both in French and dioula, in the bus with the regular early-morning passengers. As we got to know our fellow commuters a bit better, they took an interest in us and began to teach us some local slang. When someone asked if...