Why learn German?
Maybe you already have some perfectly good reasons for learning German – you want to be able to communicate with relatives, or to travel to Germany during your summer break, or prepare yourself for study in a German-speaking country. Maybe a German exchange student sparked your interest, or you have a friend who recommended it, or you just like the way the language sounds. Just in case you need some reassurance in your decision or the final push toward taking the plunge, here are more solid reasons why learning German may be a good choice for you.
German in the world
Around the world, German is spoken by approximately 105 million native speakers and also by about 80 million non-native speakers and is the most widely spoken mother tongue in the European Union. One quarter of Europeans speak German, and German ranks among the top 10 most frequently spoken languages in the world. German is the official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.
Do the world’s best Engineering PG programmes in Germany
We have all heard of famous German engineering, so it should be no surprise that learning German could help you expand your engineering skills across the world. Germany is also the second largest exporter in the world, and the fourth largest economy worldwide, so if you work in the engineering and technology fields, German is definitely, need to know.
Have a chance to study or research in Germany
The German education system has a long tradition (the oldest German university was founded in 1386) and a good international reputation. Foreigners like coming to Germany to study.
Enhance your employment opportunities in the global economy
Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world. It is the world’s leading exporter and importer. German companies abroad and foreign companies in Germany seek experts with knowledge of German. The enlargement of the EU continues to open up markets in Central and Eastern Europe for personnel who know German. Anyone who speaks German has much better prospects for a great career.
Get to know one of the great European cultures
German is a leading language of science, literature, philosophy, theology, history, music, film and art. Becoming acquainted with artists, composers, scientists, great thinkers and their contributions is very rewarding if done in their language.
Germany financially sponsors over 60,000 international exchanges each year
Germany recognizes that international cooperation and experience is essential to its continued success as a world leader. Also, foreign students directly enrolled in mosr German universities pay no tuition fees.
Travel in Germany and other German-speaking countries
Millions of foreign tourists visit German-speaking countries every year. They want to see and experience King Ludwig’s castles in Bavaria, the Austrian and Swiss Alps, German beer at the Oktoberfest or the stunning Rhine River.
Surf the internet
Of course, the internet speaks English – but German ranks as the second most frequently used language on the internet. Considering what great innovators the Germans are, it’s not at all surprising that they maintain a dominant Internet presence. With 8 million Internet domains, Germany’s top-level country domain .de is second only to the extension .com.
Germans are the biggest spenders of tourist dollars in the world
While German workers are highly productive, it is clear that they know how to play just as hard as they work. With ample disposable income and an average of 6 weeks of vacation a year, Germans have the time and the means to travel. If you are a world traveler, you are certain to encounter Germans wherever you go since nearly 3 out of every 4 vacations by Germans are spent in other countries. Travel agencies, tour companies, hotels, airlines, and car rental agencies that can communicate with Germans in their own language will win their business.
1 in 10 books in the world is published in German
German is not only a language of the past. As prolific researchers and scholars, German speakers produce nearly 80,000 new book titles each year. The only language markets that produce more books annually are the Chinese and English publishing industries. In number of books published, Munich is second in the world only to New York. Since only a small percentage of German books are translated into other languages, knowledge of German will give you access to a vast majority of these titles.
And to encourage you to start learning German please keep in mind that German is not as hard as you might think. If you already know English, then you already have an advantage when it comes to learning German. Because modern German and modern English both evolved from a common Germanic language, the two languages share many similarities in both vocabulary and grammar. If you understand any of this…
Meine Schwester hat braunes Haar. Sie ist intelligent. Sie studiert Medizin in Berlin. Sie kann gut singen.
… then you already know some German! In addition, German is spelled phonetically. Once you learn the system of sounds, it is easy to predict how the spoken word is written and how the written word is pronounced.