Learning German in Germany

Learning German in Germany

Learning a foreign language is a challenge for everyone. However, being able to communicate in German will help you get the most out of the living in Germany.

The importance of German Language

  • World
    In the world more than 120 million people speak German as their native language. German is spoken mainly in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, as well as parts of other European countries. Twice as many people speak German in Europe than any other language. And after English, German is the most popular foreign language to learn in Europe.

  • Business
    German is very important for business. Germany is the third largest economy in the world, and it is the first in Europe, generating more than one quarter of the European Union's gross domestic product. It is heavily reliant on foreign trade - it is the world's largest exporter and the second largest importer. With motor vehicles and industrial systems, chemicals and electronic devices to the fore, German products are sold in virtually all of the world's countries.

  • Science
    German is important for science, the influence of German in both, natural and social sciences is undisputed. It's important to know the German language to understand the development of many of the most important scientific advances in the twentieth century. Today, German language publications and research institutions continue to chart new ground in the sciences. There are countless exchanges between the United States and the German speaking countries with particular emphasis on the science field.

  • 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 learn German. In Hungary and Poland the figure is even higher, at over 70%.

  • Culture
    German involves a strong cultural background because of the many of the founding documents of European culture have been written in the German language.

    • Literature (Goethe, Schiller, Thomas Mann, Kafka)
    • Classical music (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart)
    • 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 real meaning. 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
    German language is important in the tourist industry. You enjoy 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 tour-guide. 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 similarities
    German and English belong to the same West Germanic language family. They both started out as the same language. They share many of the same words, word origins and grammar characteristics, in terms of computer, telecommunications and medical vocabulary. That makes German a good choice for English speakers.

Why to learn German in Germany

The best place to learn German is unaffectedly in Germany. Learning German in a country in which the language is natively spoken is naturally a faster process than learning German through a German course in your own country. If you want to learn to speak German, you should come to Germany, to immerse yourself in the language. Learning a language is largely a question of practice and in Germany you will get lots of practice.

Germany is situated at the heart of Europe; Germany's diversity astounds the visitor. Germany's elegant cities, including the hip and stylish capital city of Berlin, are vibrant cultural and historical centers and their sidewalk cafés are the perfect place to sit down, relax and watch the world go by. Now is the time to travel to Germany and learn the language.

German Courses

In order to get started, many people choose to enroll in a German language course. Between local universities offering language programs and specific language schools, there are many different options in offer.
Courses are conducted almost exclusively in German, even for beginners, which should help you become accustomed to German sounds and pronunciation.

The best place to learn German is unaffectedly in Germany. Learning German in a country in which the language is natively spoken is naturally a faster process than learning German through a German course in your own country.

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