An officer in the US Naval Reserve was attending a
> conference that included admirals from both the U.S.
> Navy and the French Navy. At a cocktail reception,
> he found himself in a small group that included
> personnel from both Navies.
> The French admiral started complaining that whereas
> Europeans learned many languages, Americans learned
> only English. He then asked," Why is it that we have
> to speak English in these conferences rather than
> you speak French?"
> Without hesitation, the American Admiral replied:
> "Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies,
> and the Americans have arranged it so you would not
> have to speak German."