So you already have some perfectly good reasons for learning German. Perhaps you want to impress your relatives, or have plans to travel to Germany during 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.
Whatever the reason you have, learning German could be really advantageous to you as almost 100 million people in the European Union speak it! German also has similarities to English making it easier to learn German.
If those weren’t enough reasons why you should learn German, here are 5 more solid reason why learning German may be a good choice for you!
1. German is the most widely spoken language in Europe!
Not only the residents of Germany speak German. In fact, German is also the official language for Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. And it is the native language of a significant portion of the population in northern Italy, eastern Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, eastern France, parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Romania, as well as in other parts of Europe. Given the 83 million inhabitants of Germany, it is the most populous European nation.
2.Germans are innovators.
Aspirin, Fahrenheit scale, Automobiles, Printing press, and the X-ray machine have all one thing in common. They were all made in GERMANY! From Gutenberg’s printing press to Hertz’ discovery of electromagnetic waves, from Ehrlich’s development of chemotherapy to Einstein’s theory of relativity, to Brandenburg’s creation of the MP3 digital music format, throughout history Germans have proven themselves time and time again to be great innovators.
Given the Germans’ commitment to innovation, it is perhaps not surprising that two-thirds of the world’s leading international trade fairs take place in Germany. These include CeBIT, the world’s largest trade fair for information and communications technology, and the IFA consumer electronics trade fair.
3.The Global Career opportunities.
Germany has the fourth largest economy in the world and is the economic powerhouse of the European Union. In 2007 — for the 5th year in a row and despite the strength of the euro currency — the Germans were world champions in exports. Its economy is comparable to that of all the world’s Spanish-speaking countries combined. Germany is also home to numerous international corporations.
Knowing German will not just help you communicate you with German people; it increases your chance to be able to work with them. With innovations and continuing growth of their economy, being able to work to Germany is an opportunity no one should miss. The ability to communicate effectively in German will be a strong selling point for you.
4. German-speaking countries have rich cultural heritage.
Apart from their many contributions to American culture, the German speakers have a rich cultural heritage in their own right. Germany is often referred to as the land of “Dichter und Denker” — of poets and thinkers. And rightly so, because German contributions to the arts and human thought have been nothing short of profound.
Kant, Nietzsche, Marx, Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven are just some individuals who have left a very strong impression to everyone in the world. Every one of them was known for their great works that have helped shaped today’s world. Their works were revered and praised even when they were long gone.
Knowing German allows you to access the works of these people in their original language and to fully understand the culture whence they derived. Anyone interested in these fields automatically expands her knowledge and skill by knowing German.
5. German is not as hard as you think.
If English is your native language or 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 the common ancestor language Germanic, the two languages share many similarities in both vocabulary and grammar. If you understand this:
“Meine Schwester hat braunes Haar. Sie ist intelligent. Sie studiert Medizin in Berlin. Sie kann gut singen.”
My sister has brown hair. She is intelligent. She studied medicine in Berlin. You can sing well.
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. If you devote a large amount of time to learn German, it is not that hard to learn.