Why do we have to Speak English?

by Steve Ray on June 14, 2005

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 about 60 years ago the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans did you a big favor; they arranged it so you would not have to speak German."

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