In times of the internet and its possibilites the world seems to shrink.
One click and we can talk to business partners in Japan or Germany, go for a shopping tour to Milan or Munich or even book our next holiday directely at the hotel we want to stay.
We all become sort of "global players" as we can take offers and opportunities all over the world quite easily.
Within this wide range of opportunities we have to deal however with lots of foreign languages - and German is one of the most important languages after English!
So you can only benefit from learning the German language - as for example German is not only the official language of the country in Germany but as well in Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg. More than a quarter of all European citizens speak German. It is the second most frequent language in the European Community and under the top ten languages in the world.
You need more reasons to learn German? Here you go:
- Language & Culture:
The more dominant the English language is - not only by the complex influence of the mighty United States of America but as well by the increasing acceptance in the internet - the more important it is for English native speakers to learn a foreign language. The understanding of the variety of cultures is intimately connected with their original language. A translation into the English language is of course a universalisation on world standard - but at the same time it means a tremendous loss of sense and meaning. So a translation often gives you just a very superficial impression of messages and targets>.
Lots of scientific papers are published in german language first. Just look at the publications on the word wide web: German is the most important language here after English and a lot of people gain an advance in information because of being able to read the originals in german language.
The German-speaking literature is famous and rich. For example the Encyclopedia Americana dedicated 14 pages to the german literature, 13 pages to the french, 8 pages to the spanish and only 6 pages to the japanese literature. Lots of the world's famous authors and writers were respectively are german: Hesse, Kafka, Luther, Hegel, Nietzsche, Marks, Freud as well as the Nobelists Thomas Mann and Günther Grass are German. And without any doubt it is much more fascinating to read a book in its orginal language.
- Pop music:
Music of Falco, Kraftwerk, Nina Hagen, Nena or Herbert Groenemeyer - just to give you only a few names - are in the international top charts. But you could even discover interpreters of more ambitious lyrics like for example André Heller, Reinhard Mey, Ulla Meinecke or Marius Müller-Westernhagen!
- Classical music:
With composers like Bach, Beethoven, Mahler, Mozart, Strauß und Wagner the german composers definitely do have an outstanding position within this style of music. You could discover the world of opera and operetta new because of being able to understand the original lyrics.
In the following cultural realms the German language is particularly meaningful: literature, philosophy, painting, architecture and music.
You will be astonished how many of the globally most significant works are originally created in German language!
Last but not least let's not forget about the fun it can be to learn!