Yeah, your explanation sounds absolutely correct. But before you think "silly monoglot Americans", remember that London is closer to Istanbul than New York is to Mexico. Countries where people don't mostly speak English are thousands of kilometers away from most Americans.

Just because they have an excuse that geography made them silly monoglots doesn't mean they aren't silly monoglots :p

0polymathwannabe5yThose are suspiciously convenient examples. A more relevant comparison would be: Los Angeles is closer to Tijuana than London is to Paris.

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