A admiral in the U.S. Navy is attending an international naval conference. A one reception, he finds himself in a group of officers from around the world. One of them, a French admiral, begins complaining that while Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English and expect
others to communicate with them.
Then he turns to the American. "Tell me, Admiral," he says. "Why is it that we have to speak English in these conferences rather than you speaking French?"
"Perhaps," says the American, "it's because the British, Canadians, Australians and Americans arranged it so you would not have to speak German."