German is in my opinion one of the most difficult languages with Latin and Arabic. Learning it requires patience, perseverance as well as a lot of practice. Some people want to learn it but they don’t have a strong “why to do it?”. This article summarizes 5 main reasons for German learning and could change your mind and make you yet determined and motivated to start -or continue- learning it with more energy.
120 Millions, is the number of German-speaking people. More people speak German as their native language than any other language in Europe. But not only speak the residents of Germany German, but also is it an official language of Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein.
While learning German can connect me to 120 million native speakers around the globe, I remember that many people also learn German as a second language. It is the third most popular foreign language taught worldwide and the second most popular in Europe and Japan, after English.
As I am engineer, this really attracts me and attracts anyone else who works in the same field. It attracts me even more as I am fan of automotive engineering, which is centralized in Germany. Who says automotive says Germany (but the opposite doesn’t work :P). When you want to contribute to the source (and not the peripheral) of cutting-edge technology far away from offshoring and sub-contracting, then Germany is your country. More importantly: German is the second most commonly used scientific language in the world. Such a thing should not cross your mind unnoticed, especially for knowledge seekers and scientific curious people. Last of all, it is the internet’s second language, this did not happen just by chance.
A closely-related topic: the German education has an excellent reputation. Several universities are ranked among the top 100 best universities in the world. A master course in Automotive Engineering in TUM (Teschniche Universität München), ranked 53 in the world) or a Medecine-related PhD in the University of Hidelberg, ranked 66 worlwinde or an exchange semester in renewable energy in the University of Friburg which is ranked 99 worldwide is something worth doing for a successful international career.
Germany’s economic strength equals business opportunities. Multinational business opportunities exist throughout the European Union and in the Eastern European countries, where German is the second most spoken language after Russian. Companies like BMW, Daimler, Siemens, Lufthansa, SAP, Bosch, Infineon, BASF, and many others need international partners. The Japanese, who have the second most powerful economy in the world, have already understood that. The business advantages that a knowledge of German will bring them is very high. In fact: 68% of Japanese students study German. There must have a “why”!
While promoting innovation and supporting research within Germany, the Germans also recognize that international cooperation and experience is essential to its continued success as a world leader. In the year 2001 alone, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supported 67,000 scholars, scientists, educators, and students in periods of international research and study. 43% of these were foreigners who were awarded financial assistance to participate in an exchange in Germany. In addition, like German students, foreign students directly enrolled in German universities pay no tuition fees. Education in Germany is almost free.
A variety of international surveys confirm that Germany is one of the world’s most admired countries, whether viewed from the perspectives of economics, quality of life, scientific achievement, culture, tourism, or ethical values. It led the annual BBC World Service Country Rating Poll from 2008-2011 and came in a close second in 2012. As Mercer Consulting’s 2011 Quality of Living Survey determined, many of the world’s most livable cities are German-speaking: among the top 10, Vienna is 1st, Zurich 2nd, Munich 4th, Düsseldorf 6th, Frankfurt 7th, Bern 9th. In other words 6 out of 10 top worth living cities are German speaking one! Other German cities also do well: Hamburg (16) Berlin (17), Nuremberg (24), and Stuttgart (28) rank above Paris , London , Barcelona , and New York . Wanna’ live well? Try one of those cities! This requires then German speaking abilities !
Still want to learn German but still too lazy to do it? Then either you are not made for this kinda language (it happens), or you don’t care about your life !