Obviously, I’d like you all to learn German. Obviously, it isn’t possible but I could try to convince some to make this step that would open the doors to an amazing country with a great culture. Here is my attempt …
Here are the 8 good reasons to learn German:
1.Explore your heritage
Germany has its heritage around the world. In the U.S. German is the largest self-reported ancestry group (Followed by the Irish). Many people know their parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents were from Germany, but don’t know much more. Learning their language is about the best way to explore your heritage if you don’t want to spend a fortune traveling to Germany. If you have the money and want to really explore Germany, learning German is the way to go.
2.English is similar to German
If you read this blog, chances are you can speak English (be it as first or second language). And to be honest, English isn’t that far from German. You will notice that there are many words which are similar or even the same in German as in English. Definitely an advantage when you learn a new language.
3.It’s the most spoken language in Europe
Planning a trip to Europe? Might be helpful to speak the most spoken language in Europe. 210Million People around the world speak German.
4.it’s fairly easy to understand
Everybody says “it’s extremely hard to learn German” while it’s true that German isn’t really the easiest especially with the confusing grammar, once you have the basics in German it’s fairly easy to understand. Let’s take the word structure as example:
Most German Nouns are just combinations of two or more simple nouns (Compound Nouns):
A Tree (Baum) that has Apples (Apfel) is an Apfelbaum
A Table (Tisch) on which you work (Arbeit) is an Arbeitstisch
but it goes both ways. If you hear a long and difficult word and you don’t know what it means – decompose it!
Naturschutzgebiet = Natur (Nature) + schutz (protection) + gebiet (area) = Natural reserve
Now a hard one just for fun
or: Fussballweltmeisterschaftsfinaltor = Fuss (foot) + ball (Ball) + welt (World) + meister (champion) + -schaft (-ship) + final(e) (Final) + tor (goal in soccer) = a soccer goal scored in a World Cup final
that’s not tooooo hard huh?
5.it’s kinda impressive
While German isn’t as difficult to learn, it is still perceived as extremely difficult. So learn German and you’ll be admired and perceived as smart by your surrounding! People will consider you a genius for know such a hard language fluently ;). Ok maybe I’m overdoing it a little but I think you get the point. And it’s always impressive to know more than your native language (I’m speaking from experience). Trust me it will bring you further than you’d think.
6.Which is the most common language used for scientific work?
Yeah right, you guessed it it’s English. But, which is the second common language for scientific work? You’re right again! It’s German. Learning German might give you a big advantage over your peers in college, grad school or performing research. But it doesn’t stop here: about one-fifth of all the books in the world are published in German, most of which will never be translated into English.
7.(Oktober-)fests will be much more fun
Fests are fun!! You have great food, great beer (Or wine for Weinfests), a huge crowd and just an amazing atmosphere. Thanks to the diverse German culture there is a fest for about anything and for any age and interest. But it will be hard to understand those fests, sing along the lyrics and fully get into it if you don’t understand the language. Learning German will make you experience the fests like wholeheartedly.
Save up to $200k !!
Don’t feel like paying up to $50.000 a year only on tuition? I’ve got an easy solution come and study at a German university. Be it for undergrad, grad school or post-graduate they are ALL FREE, even for international students. And, the German university system belongs to the best in the world. On top, there are many scholarship supporting international students. There is an opportunity to save up to $200k on tuition and even getting paid for it. So Save your Franklins and learn German
Plus: Depending on where you are from you may even save a year, as a German bachelor only takes 3 years.
Which reasons were the most compelling for you?
Why did you learn German? Have your reasons changed?
Let me know and write a comment!