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    Talking WHY DO WE SPEAK ENGLISH!

    Many of us are bi-lingual, many aren't. Certainly, quite a talent to have. Vice Admiral Gerald L. Hoewing, Iowa State University grad was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception in Geneva, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of the 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, Admiral Hoewing replied, "Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German."
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    WOW - love it!!!!



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    Re: WHY DO WE SPEAK ENGLISH!

    Quote Originally Posted by Psyclone Brian View Post
    You could have heard a pin drop.
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    Re: WHY DO WE SPEAK ENGLISH!

    Quote Originally Posted by Psyclone Brian View Post
    Many of us are bi-lingual, many aren't. Certainly, quite a talent to have. Vice Admiral Gerald L. Hoewing, Iowa State University grad was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception in Geneva, he found himself standing with a large group of officers that included personnel from most of the 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, Admiral Hoewing 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.
    I suspect Admiral Hoewing probably would not be pleased having his name bantered around in this kind of rubbish.

    This folktale first surfaced circa 2004. To no ones surprise, this writing may also be found in the archives of the College Conservative Movement (A look into the conservative college mind). See link, third story down.

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    Re: WHY DO WE SPEAK ENGLISH!

    On a slightly more serious note about it... I like to point out to people I´ve met from around the world here in Spain that to find a place that speaks another language in Europe, you only have to drive 2-3 hours in most places, or take the EURail a couple of hours... many of our states are as big as many of their countries

    In the US (which I´m looking forward to returning to...), I could drive for a day and not find a place that speaks another language. We´ve got a little French to our north, and Spanish to the south, but really not a whole lot either way...

    where as say... some people I heard speaking English on the beach were from Sweeden, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands, and all were atleast tri-lingual: Their native tounge, English (which they´ve had to study since they were 8 or 9), and atleast one of their neighbor´s languages, plus they were learning spanish. Some spoke even more, but that was because they were from really small places. I mean if every state in the US spoke a different language, I imagine we´d all speak 3 or 4 languages as well, but the fact is, we have 1 language for a similar land mass in which they have 23 different languages



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    Re: WHY DO WE SPEAK ENGLISH!

    Also on a more serious note, I think that there should be an international effort to incorporate sign language along with learning the native language of a country. It would be nice to be able to travel abroad (to any country), and have a universal way to communicate.

    Imaging being able to travel all of Europe, and you would be able to communicate in every country while only having to learn one language.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitey View Post
    Also on a more serious note, I think that there should be an international effort to incorporate sign language along with learning the native language of a country. It would be nice to be able to travel abroad (to any country), and have a universal way to communicate.

    Imaging being able to travel all of Europe, and you would be able to communicate in every country while only having to learn one language.
    Rep for you... nice idea!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitey View Post
    Also on a more serious note, I think that there should be an international effort to incorporate sign language along with learning the native language of a country. It would be nice to be able to travel abroad (to any country), and have a universal way to communicate.

    Imaging being able to travel all of Europe, and you would be able to communicate in every country while only having to learn one language.
    Oh there is an international finger gesture that is recongnized most everywhere... Don´t believe me? Try crossing a street when you aren´t supposed to



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    Quote Originally Posted by Flag Guy View Post
    On a slightly more serious note about it... I like to point out to people I´ve met from around the world here in Spain that to find a place that speaks another language in Europe, you only have to drive 2-3 hours in most places, or take the EURail a couple of hours... many of our states are as big as many of their countries

    In the US (which I´m looking forward to returning to...), I could drive for a day and not find a place that speaks another language. We´ve got a little French to our north, and Spanish to the south, but really not a whole lot either way...

    where as say... some people I heard speaking English on the beach were from Sweeden, Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands, and all were atleast tri-lingual: Their native tounge, English (which they´ve had to study since they were 8 or 9), and atleast one of their neighbor´s languages, plus they were learning spanish. Some spoke even more, but that was because they were from really small places. I mean if every state in the US spoke a different language, I imagine we´d all speak 3 or 4 languages as well, but the fact is, we have 1 language for a similar land mass in which they have 23 different languages
    I could drive 5 minutes across town and find spanish speaking only.


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    I had to learn to at least understand and speak a bit of redneck while living in western Nebraska......


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    Try being married to someone from the east coast. I can't tell you how many times I had no idea what she was saying when we first met.



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    Re: WHY DO WE SPEAK ENGLISH!

    Spanish is growing yes... but the meat packing plants hardly account for the bulk of the country... and while signs are starting to be posted in Spanish and English... it´s nothing like some areas around here where signs are posted in 4 languages, sometimes a few more

    Not to argue that we don´t have a need to learn more languages, due to immigration a varriety of languages would be useful for Americans to know, I certainly have a lot more sympathy for non-english speakers that come to the US because of my experience in Spain (I don´t speak much Spanish, and no Catalan/Valencian). It is very hard to be a non-native speaker in a place where no one speaks your language either

    In addition to Spanish, Korean, Chinese and Japanese are also languages that may be more common in the US, with the occasional community of European languages.

    My point though was, on a whole we encounter fewer people that cannot communicate in our first language than do many other people in the world. As a gentlemen I talked to from the Netherlands pointed out, we usually never "need" to communicate in another language, so we don´t bother to try and learn. I tied that in with it´s possibly due to geography reasons (in addition to English being widely spoken anyways)



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