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[*] Post 311941 posted on 13-12-2007 at 16:35 Reply With Quote
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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 large group of Officers that included personnel from most of those 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.'

You could have heard a pin drop.
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[*] Post 311942 posted on 13-12-2007 at 16:52 Reply With Quote


That explains so very well why there is a concept of "The ugly, brash American" all over Europe.
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[*] Post 311943 posted on 13-12-2007 at 17:03 Reply With Quote


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That explains so very well why there is a concept of "The ugly, brash American" all over Europe.
I doubt this anecdote has been heard all over Europe.

I'm glad the English-speaking nations led in defeating Germany, whether parts of Europe have a grateful attitude or not.
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