Ten reasons to learn German

Here are ten good reasons why it’s worth starting to learn German straight away.

Learning German opens up new vistas.
Learning German opens up new vistas. Andrey Popov/stock.adobe.com

1. Making a career

Many German companies have international locations. A good knowledge of German will boost your chances of a career with a German company in your country.

2. Studying

Engineering, medicine or philosophy – Germany is a popular country for studying. A German university degree is highly valued by employers worldwide.

3. Research

Want to become a quantum physicist or a marine biologist? German is the second most important language in science. Knowing the basics of the German language is an advantage in many research fields.

4. Working in Germany

Good working conditions and Germany's economic strength attract skilled people from all over the world. Germany is the world's second most popular country after the USA for people seeking work.

5. Communicating

100 million people in Austria, Switzerland and Germany speak German. This makes German the most widely spoken mother language in Europe and one of the ten most widely spoken languages in the world.

6. Read world literature in the original

Germany is the land of poets and thinkers. People who love literature will want to read Goethe's Faust in the original.

7. Overcoming prejudices

You think German is not melodic? Then you should definitely listen to a German poetry slam.

8. Identifying similarities

German isn't as hard as you might think. Many German words are closely related to English words or have migrated into other languages: Kindergarten = kindergarden, Finger = finger, Haus = house, Rucksack = rucksack, blau = blue, windig = windy.

9. Understanding German dialects

It never gets boring: whether Bavarian, Hessian or Berlinese, there are lots of different dialects in Germany. So if you like learning languages, you can continue practising after completing your German course.

10. Learning other languages

If you know one, you know all of them. With German as a basis, you’ll find it easier to learn other Germanic languages. Dutch and even Afrikaans can be derived from German.

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