Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: A Scandal in any Language

Diskuto event leader Brendan (now stationed in Ottawa) travels to Beijing and back to tell the world all about Rob Ford — in Chinese!

More multilingual Ford Follies:

See the NMA World Edition cartoon depiction of Ford

Read about Ford in French, in Le Monde.

Read about Ford in Italian, on

Read about Ford in German, in Der Spiegel

Read about Ford in Portuguese, here.

Read about Ford in Arabic, here.

Read about Ford in Spanish, here.

We’ll update this with other languages as we find them.


Pat founded Diskuto so he could keep meeting amazing people and keep speaking new languages he learned. He was born and grew up in Toronto, the most multilingual city on Earth. He speaks one language well (English), two languages passably (French, Italian), three languages badly (German, Spanish, Russian), and six languages hardly at all (Latin, Ancient Greek, Arabic; Mandarin, Japanese, Portuguese). He can read HTML, CSS and PHP but it’s hard to have a conversation in those. He is also the editor of

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