Why learn German?
You probably already have some good reasons on your mind for learning German. Maybe you want to travel to Europe in the near future, or you have friends or relatives in Germany and you want to be able to communicate with them, or you want to refresh your German knowledge you had had as a child? All very good reasons, but there’re some more reasons why learning German would be a good choice for you or your child:
1. German is important to our American heritage
Did you know that one out of every four Americans nationwide has German heritage? German-Americans are the largest ethnic group in America today. They have made innumerable contributions to our country江苏快3今天走势图三, for example the Christmas tree, hamburgers, or the kindergarten. Or look at family names like Bauer, Schneider, Boehm, names of towns and cities like Frankfort, Berlin, Hanover. Germans had such a huge presence at the time of the founding of the United States that the founding fathers even published a German language version of the Declaration of Independence !
2. More than 120 million people speak German as their native language
German is spoken in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, as well as parts of other European countries such as Italy, France and Belgium. Twice as many people speak German in Europe than any other language. And after English, German is the second most popular foreign language to be learned by European students.
3. German is important for college education
Many colleges require students to study a foreign language for at least two years and most colleges highly recommend this. Did you know that at the University of California, German happens to be the most frequently recommended and/or required foreign language? Among the college majors specifically recommending German are: Anatomy, Art History, Biochemistry, Biomedicine, Botany, Genetics Chemistry, Logic and Methodology of Science, Molecular Biology, Linguistics, Music, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Religious Studies, Zoology.
4. German and English are both Germanic languages
They both started out as the same language. They share many of the same words, word origins and grammar characteristics. That makes German a good choice for English speakers. In addition, German is mostly spelled phonetically. Once you learn the system of sounds, it’s easy to guess how to write a word or how a written word is pronounced.
5. German is important in the global economy
Germany is the world's fourth biggest economy (after the USA, China江苏快3今天走势图三 and Japan). Germany is the largest economic and political influence in Europe, has the highest paid workers in the world, and is also the leading export nation in the world in proportion to its population. The standard of living in German speaking countries is among the highest in the world.
6. German is important for business
Many German companies have subsidiaries in the US. Siemens, Rotek or Daimler are just three out of approximately 120 well known German companies in Ohio. There are many other smaller companies here that cultivate business with Germany. More Americans have lived and worked in Germany than in any other foreign country江苏快3今天走势图三 since 1945. Germany and the USA invest $40 billion in each other's businesses annually. Many companies name German as the language they would most like their employees to know.
7. Germans are innovators
Everybody knows the innovations of Gutenberg, Hertz or Einstein, so it’s not even necessary to mention that Germany is a nation that is committed to research and development. Around 13 % of the world’s patent applications were filed by Germans. Many new scientific discoveries happen in German-speaking countries, and some scientific information is only available in German (only 5% of German books are translated into English). Universities encourage science majors to learn German.
8. Cultural Awareness
Learning a foreign language gives the learner the ability to step inside the mind and context of the other culture. Lack of intercultural sensitivity can lead to mistrust and misunderstandings. Cultural awareness becomes more and more important in a global society. Worldwide, German is the third most popular foreign language to be studied (after English and Spanish). In Japan 68% of all students learn German!!
Sources: American Assoc. of Teachers of German, Dartmouth College江苏快3今天走势图三, Goethe Institut, National Council for the Social Studies, St. Olaf College江苏快3今天走势图三, Univ. of St. Thomas, US News & World Report,
World Book Encyclopedia, Vistawide World Languages & Cultures