Maybe you’re already learning German and wondering whether it’s worth continuing. Maybe you’re thinking about studying German in future, but aren’t sure whether you should bother. Maybe you’ve decided that you want to learn a foreign language, but aren’t sure which one you should choose.
Here are five great reasons why you should start or continue with your German studies.
1. Kommunikation (communication)
German was the language of many important historical figures, such as Goethe, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Wagner, Mahler, Nietzsche, Marx, Freud, Einstein and many more.
Did you know that 18% of the world’s books are published in German? Germany is the 5 th largest publisher of books in the world, behind the UK, USA, Russia and China. Many of these books, including important works in philosophy, literature, psychology, physics, engineering and medicine, are never translated into English. By learning German you are able to gain a wealth of knowledge otherwise unattainable.
2. Karrieremöglichkeiten (career opportunities)
Germany is Europe’s largest and strongest economy, and the fourth largest economy in the world (in terms of GDP). German language skills increase your chances of gaining employment with German companies, both in Germany and overseas. Some of these companies may include BMW, Mercedes-Benz, SAP, Siemens, Lufthansa, Bosch and BASF. Furthermore, it increases your job opportunities in Australia, not only with German companies, but for organisations dealing with Germany or continental Europe. Whilst many working Germans speak English, speaking their native language can substantially improve business relationships; therefore, you will be a more desirable job applicant.
3. Wissenschaft und Forschung (science and research)
German is the second most commonly used scientific language in the world. Germany is at the forefront of scientific research and gives out many research scholarships to foreign researchers to join research teams in Germany. Many of these scholarships require a basic to expert level of German language skills. So if you’ve always dreamt of being a rocket scientist, learning German may be the propulsion fluid you need!
4. Bildung (education)
Many Australian schools have existing partnerships with Germany and offer exchange opportunities over the summer holidays. To be considered for the exchange program, many schools require or prefer students who have a basic knowledge of or have shown an interest in the German language.
Furthermore, Germany offers a variety of scholarships to foreigners to complete their higher education in Germany – why pay for university here, when you could be studying at a world-class university in Germany for (almost) free?!
5. Reisen (travelling)
German is the second most widely spoken language in Europe (after Russian and before French and English) and is the native language of over 13% of Europeans (that’s 95 to 100 million people!). Basic knowledge of German can help you get through a lot of Europe (including many of the former Eastern Bloc countries)!
As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said:
“Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiß nichts von seiner eigenen”
(“He who doesn’t know foreign languages knows nothing about his own”)
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Images retrieved from:
http://www.keepcalm-o- matic.co.uk/p/keep-calm- and-learn- deutsch-61/
http://one-europe.info/eurographics/german- speaking-population- in-europe