An officer in the U.S. 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 hesitating, the American Admiral replied: \"Maybe it\'s because the
Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you would not have to
speak German.\" The group became silent.