Why German?

Good reasons for studying German:

  •   Business
    German is a key language in the European Union and the
      new economies of Central and Eastern Europe. Learning German
      improves your chances of success on the job market
  •   Or you have German relatives and  friends you want to
      converse in German.
  •   Academic research
      German is the second most commonly used language in which
      to write a work of scientific research - especially engineering,
      chemistry and physics. This is why more than 40% of American
      scientists recommend that their students should learn German.
      In Hungary and Poland the figure is even higher, at over 70%.
  •   Culture
      Many of the founding document of European culture have been
      written in the German language.

      Literature:  Goethe, Schiller, Thomas Mann, Kafka

      Classical music:  Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Strauß,  Schubert ...

      Art:  Kollwitz, Dürer, Klee, Kaninsky

      Psychology:  Freud, Jung

      Philosophy:  Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Benjamin, Adorno

      Science: Einstein, Kepler, Röntgen, Planck, Virchow

      Reading or hearing them in the original language is the only
      way of appreciating their full power. Germany itself is the world's 
      third biggest producer of books:

      60,000 new German-language books are published every year.
      Every tenth book published in the world is written in German.
  •   Tourism
      It goes without saying that you gain more from a visit to a
      country if you can converse in their language and actually get to
      know the people rather than just conversing in English with your
      tourguide. And as the Germans, Austrians and Swiss are well-known
      for their love of foreign travel, it makes sound commercial sense
      for people working in the tourist industry to meet them in their
      own language.
  •  Language similiarities
     German and English belong to the same West Germanic language
     family and share thousands of similar words and phrases, particularly
     in terms of computer, telecommunications and medical vocabulary.

  •  Who speaks German?
  Germany 82.1 million
  Austria 8.1 million
  Switzerland 4.5 million
  Liechtenstein 32,426