A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included
admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian, and French
navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a group
of half a dozen or so officers that included personnel from most of
the countries. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped
their drinks but a French Admiral suddenly complained that, whereas
Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English.
He then asked: "Why is it that we always have to speak English in these
conferences rather than speaking French?"
Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because
the Brits, Canadians, Aussies, and Americans arranged it so you
wouldn't have to speak German."
Suddenly the group became very quiet. . .