Learn to speak German
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
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 speak
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.