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Why learn German?. Communication Career and Employment Enhancement Business and Trade Research and Development Travel Industry International Affairs Media, Information, Internet Culture and the Arts Study Abroad. Communication.
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Why learn German? • Communication • Career and Employment Enhancement • Business and Trade • Research and Development • Travel Industry • International Affairs • Media, Information, Internet • Culture and the Arts • Study Abroad
Communication • Speaking German will enable you to communicate with over 100 million people worldwide. • German is the official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg. • 25% of Europeans speak German. • German ranks among the top 10 most frequently spoken languages in the world.
Career Enhancement • Bilinguality enhances employment opportunities in government, business, law, medicine and health care, teaching, technology, the military, communications, social service, and marketing. • Bilingual professionals have opportunities to travel abroad throughout their careers. • An employer will see you as a bridge to customers if you know a second language. You are also more likely to win the trust and friendship of people whose languages you know even if you don’t speak it fluently.
Employment and Career Opportunities • Business and Trade • Research and Development • Travel Industry • Tourism and Hospitality • International Affairs
Business and Trade • Germany has the largest economy in the European Union and the third largest in the world. • It is the world’s leading exporter and importer. • Germany is home to numerous international corporations such as Bayer, BASF, Siemens, Daimler-Chrysler, Adidas, Deutsche Bank, and Thyssen-Krupp. • With the enlargement of the European Union, Germany has taken on the central role in the very heart of Europe. It hosts the leading international trade fairs, such as IFA, CeBIT or IAA • The 2000 World Fair was held in Hannover, Germany.
Research and Development • Germany leads the world in new environmental technologies and in the use of alternative energies. • There is a long tradition of outstanding research in Germany. • Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press • Heinrich Hertz proved the existence of electromagnetic waves • Karlheinz Brandenburg developed the MP3 digital music format • With more than 250,000 scientists working in Germany, it is the world’s third largest “country of researchers.” • A total of 224,000 foreigners study and conduct research at 350 research institutes and institutions of higher education in Germany every year. • The United States is Germany's most important scientific and technological cooperation partner. Several joint initiatives are carried out in all fields of science and research.
Travel Industry • A great opportunity to meet new people and see the world. • A career as a pilot or flight attendant • As a flight attendant, your chances in bidding for overseas flights increase tremendously • Lufthansa is the largest airline in Europe and 5th largest in the world
Tourism / Hospitality / International Cuisine • Hundreds of executive international jobs are available at hotels or convention centers . • International Cuisine venues • Germans have an average of 6 weeks of vacation a year and ample disposable income which allows them to travel.
International Affairs • Diplomacy • Interpreter • Business • Government • Military • International organizations • Non-governmental organizations • Academia • Foreign affairs analyst • Foreign exchange trader • Intelligence analyst • International lawyer • Political risk analyst • Political scientist
Media, Information, Internet • German is one of the top 10 most commonly spoken languages. • 20 million people worldwide learn German as a foreign language. • Germany is the third largest publisher. 18%of all books published worldwide come from Germany. • German is the second most frequently used language on the internet. • Increased opportunities for journalistic and academic research. • Germany has one of the vastest and most prolific media industriesin the world. German – based print, radio and television deliver high-quality journalism that is widely respected by both the German public and international media experts.
Culture and Arts • German is the language of Goethe, Kafka, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Mozart, Beethoven, Luther, Marx, Freud and Einstein • Over 78,895 new books are published in Germany each year; making Germany the third largest publisher of books in the world after the USA and Japan • Winners of the Nobel Prize: 27 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, 15 in Medicine, 22 in Physics, 7 in Literature, 4 Nobel Peace Prizes and 1 in Economic Sciences. 2 were awarded this year (Gerhard Ertl for chemistry and Peter Grünberg for physics
Learning the Language • You already know much more German vocabulary than you think: • Professor, Kindergarten, Angst, etc • German and English come from the same Germanic language family. • Sommer = summer, Vater = father, Mutter = mother, Haus = House, Apfel = apple, Winter =winter