I’m here to write about German. Why should people pick up German as a foreign language? There are several advantages to learning German. This article shall show that there is a need and even an advantage in learning another language apart from English. In particular: why you should learn German.
Perhaps you might not need any convincing, because you already have a personal reason to learn German. You might have a German girlfriend whom you’ve just met.
You might need to brush up on your German because you have many businesses established in Germany and have suppliers and trading partners who are German, and hence, wish to know them better and get better deals, and also read those contracts, which unluckily for you, are all in German. You can understand a bit, but don’t know how to proceed from there to the legalistic language demanded by contracts.
Perhaps you need to study all those conjugated verbs and long vocabulary lists because you are taking a language examination soon, and the college you’re currently studying in had some strange requirement for you to pick up another language apart from English, and you selected German precisely because of its similarity and closeness to English.
Perhaps you need to learn the language of Goethe and Angela Merkel because you are now a Foreign Office ambassador or an overseas academic and need to communicate in formal German, or give classes and lectures in the German language.
There are many other scenes, but what happens is that you’d already know why you wanted to learn German. Expediency and a pressing need. However, this article is for people who would like to learn a new language, because they know of its benefits, but are uncertain about choosing German. This article gives them very good reasons why people should learn German. Und zwar, here are some good reasons why you should learn German:
1. Germany is undoubtedly one of the biggest economies in the world. It was third largest in the world in 2006 and 2007. That means that it is a great place to do business in or do business with. It is a huge and international economy with great economic and political influence. Doing business with Germany would demand a certain standard of basic German, or perhaps even some Business German.
2. Germany has created and generated a lot of literature, from Marx to Goethe, Hegel to Nietzsche. Reading all this literature back home in English can be somewhat interesting, but imagine for a moment reading the original version, and understanding it better. Not to mention, for school and professional purposes, the huge edge one would possess for really understanding the German language while studying German philosophical geniuses, literary giants, and musical geniuses. German poetry, music, culture, literature, science, philosophy – all the great minds of Germany are yours, if you can read German. If you are a student intending to pursue higher education in Germany, the importance of German is great to you. If you are a visiting academic or someone who wants to lecture in Germany, German universities will take you in if you are multilingual rather than merely English speaking.
3. Personal self-motivation, self-confidence and private enjoyment are also key reasons why you should learn this beautiful language. Sometimes people who know an extra language seem more charming or even better – they are more eloquent and self confident; they seem smarter; they seem even more mysterious. You have the chance to capture and charm all your family and friends by using interesting methods to study German and loving it every step of the way. Besides, even if you did speak German poorly, compared to a native speaker, you’d nonetheless amaze your friends.
4. There are also many job opportunities and advantages. Knowing a foreign language in this globalised world is a key asset. If your company expands to Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland or even Russia, your language skills are going to be so important and ever so in demand in the new worldwide globalised economy. Imagine that you were looking for a job: BMW, Deutsche Bank, Mercedes … all these companies would want to hire you, and you could work internationally for a great German company.
5. A simple command of German will get you a lot of ease and pleasure travelling throughout Europe. The Swiss, Austrians and other Europeans speak fluent German, as a first or perhaps second language. You can communicate with them in their own language. Learning a few key sentences could vastly enhance your travelling experience and fun leisure, and German speakers will readily assist you overseas.
These five key reasons are, in my own opinion, the most important reasons why people should learn German. It is a key language. It is vital, as Germany is vital. Some of us need to study German by circumstances, others just need persuasion. These reasons should convince you that German is important for you to learn it, and it will provide definite opportunities, chances, benefits, and pleasurable experiences for you.