Lucky that the Walloon (French speaker) spoke English. Usually in my (somewhat dated, I’ll admit) experience, they only spoke French. Whereas the Flemings (Dutch speakers) usually spoke reasonable French, German and English.I met a Belgian soldier from SHAPE in Kandahar . He asked if it was true that he could get the darts on his computer (BFBS DVT) I told him that I would do it.
Six months later he was in Brussum (NATO) and ask me to take him to another Belgian WO.
I took him and they started chatting in English which was the accepted way when and English speaker was present.
I told them that I was off so speak their Mickey Mouse language, they said that they could not. Again I told them that I was going.
At this point they told me they have to speak in English as one spoke Dutch/English and one spoke French/English