Just got this by e-mail,,,,thought you might like to see it,,,after looking at this thread,,,,
A friend just sent this to me.
A friend of mine is an officer in the naval reserve.
A few weeks ago, he was attending a conference that
included admirals in both the US and the French
At a cocktail reception, my friend found
himself in a small group that included an admiral
from each of the two navies. The French admiral
started complaining that whereas Europeans learned
many languages, Americans only learned English. He
then asked. "Why is it that we have to speak
English in these conferences rather than you have to
Without even hesitating, the American admiral
replied. "Maybe it is because we arranged it so that
you did not have to learn to speak German.
The group became silent.