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Why learn German?. 10 Good Reasons why you should start learning German today Langholm Academy 2006. 1. German is the most widely spoken language in Europe.

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Why learn German?

10 Good Reasons why you should start learning German today

Langholm Academy 2006

1. German is the most widely spoken language in Europe

  • More people speak German as their native language than any other language in Europe. (approx. 120 million native speakers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein)

  • It is the native language of a significant portion of the population in northern Italy, eastern Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, eastern France, parts of Poland, the Czech Republic, Russia and Romania.

  • German is the 3rd most popular foreign language taught worldwide and the second most popular in Europe and Japan, after English.

2. Germany has the 3rd strongest economy and is the No 1 export nation in the world.

  • Germany is the economic powerhouse of the European Union.

  • Germans have been world champions in export: cars, machinery, industrial equipment, pharmaceuticals, household goods.

  • The country’s trade surplus reached 191 billion euros in 2005 and continues to grow every year.

3. Knowing German creates business opportunities

  • German is the second most spoken language after Russian in the Eastern European countries.

  • 68% of Japanese students study German.

  • German companies account for 700,000 jobs in the United States. The job candidate with German skills will trump the one without such skills every time.

4. Germans are innovators

  • Gutenberg’s printing press

  • Hertz’ discovery of electromagnetics

  • Ehrlich’s development of chemotherapy

  • Einstein’s theory of relativity

  • Brandenburg’s creation of the MP3 digital music format

5. Germans are the biggest spenders of tourist money in the world

  • In 2002, Germans spent 56 billion Euros on international travel.

  • German tourists are the second largest group of tourists coming to Scotland. (after USA)

  • Germans see Scotland as a destination in its own rights.

6.The German presence on the Internet supersedes most others.

  • 8 million Internet domains

  • Germany’s top-level country domain .de is second only to the extension .com

  • Even the second-placed country extension .uk trails far behind at 3.7 million domain names

7. 1 in 10 books in the world is published in German

  • German speaking researchers and scholars produce nearly 80,000 new book titles each year

  • In the number of books publishes München is second in the world only to New York

8. German-speaking countries have a rich cultural heritage

  • Germany is often referred to as the land of “Dichter und Denker” (“poets and thinkers”)

  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • Thomas Mann

  • Franz Kafka

  • Hermann Hesse

  • 10 Nobel prizes for literature have been awarded to German, Austrian and Swiss authors

  • Classical music: Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Strauss, Wagner

  • Knowing German alllows you to access the works of these people in their original language and to fully understand their culture

9. German is not as hard as you think

  • If English is your native language, then you already have an advantage when it comes to learning German

    Meine Schwester hat braunes Haar. Sie ist intelligent. Sie studiert Medizin in Berlin. Sie kann gut singen.

    German is spelled phonetically. Once you learn the system of sounds, it is easy to predict how the spoken word is written and how the written word is pronounced.

10. German is required or recommended by many undergraduate and graduate programms

  • Biology

  • Physics

  • Chemistry

  • Religious Studies

  • Art

  • History

  • Linguistics (Languages)

Keep your options open – Keep your foreign language

  • Learning in younger years is easier

  • Learning with classmates is fun

  • Intermediate 1 S3/S4

  • Intermediate 2 S3/S4

  • Higher S4/S5

    Thank you for your attention.

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