Why Learn German?
Each of us has our own reasons for studying a particular language — study abroad, career ladder, love for the country and its culture, the list can be continued. If you can not choose which language to learn, then there are several arguments in favor of German.
1. German — the second most popular language in Europe
It is worth learning German only for the fact that this is one of the most popular languages in Europe. German is native to 100 million Europeans. In Germany alone, there are more than 82 million people — more than in other countries of the continent. In addition, German has a state status in Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. Traveling in Europe, you can easily communicate with the inhabitants of these countries in their native language, which will bring you and the language speakers a lot of fun.This language is also spoken in northern Italy, eastern France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Romania and the Czech Republic.
If you are fluent in English, and think that it will become your wand for all occasions, then keep in mind that not all Europeans speak English.
German will help to find a common language while traveling in Europe — it is spoken by 38% of Europeans.
2. German economy — the largest economy in Europe
Germany is on the third place in the world in terms of total production and industrial production, second in terms of exports and imports (according to the World Bank in 2016). The product under the brand Made in Germany is a quality guarantee recognized all over the world.
Germany produces machines and equipment, which constitute a significant part of German exports. Here is also developed the sphere of services, medicine, information and biotechnologies. Renewable energy sources and environmentally friendly technologies are widely used in the country. This experience can and should be studied and benefited from.
Knowledge of German increases business opportunities. Germany is an important economic partner of Ukraine. More than 120 German firms operate in the territory of our country.
The German economy is very competitive and continues to grow every year.
3. The German language — access to information
German is the language of books and the Internet. Every tenth book in the world is printed in Germany. About 80,000 new books are published annually in this country. German publishing market is second only to Chinese and English. According to the number of books published, Munich is the second in the world after New York. At the same time, only a small percentage of German books are translated into other languages — 10% in Korean and Chinese, only 5% in English. So knowing German will give you access to a huge amount of information.
Given that the Germans are great innovators, their presence on the Internet is significant. With 8 million domains, the German domain .de is the second domain, second only to the .com domain.
Learning German gives you access to a huge number of German-language sources of information.
4. German — the language of science and culture
German — the second language in scientific circles of the world. If you plan to develop an academic career, knowledge of German will be very handy.
The philosophy of Kant, Nietzsche, Hegel, and many others greatly influenced modern society. Psychologists Freud and Jung forever changed the idea of our behavior. A huge number of world-famous scientists from various fields of science spoke German: Albert Einstein, Max Planck, Max Born, Heinrich Hertz, Conrad Zuse, etc.
The cultural heritage of German-speaking countries is also known all over the world. German is the language of poets and thinkers. Knowing it, you can enjoy the works of Remarque, Mann, Kafka, Goethe and many others in the original.
Beethoven, Bach, Mozart spoke in the understandable to all language of music; the native language to them all wasGerman.
German is the language of world-renowned scientists, musicians, poets and thinkers.
5. Free education in Germany
A few years ago, Germany refused to charge tuition fees in state universities. The government of the country considered that all people should have equal opportunities for access to higher education.
Education in German universities is free, however, you need to pay a fee of 200-300 euros per semester. In exchange, the student receives a travel ticket for public transport and a number of benefits. The country also accepts foreign students, a number of whom there are quite large — about 12% of the total, and the percentage continues to grow.
Do you want to have good chances to get a good European education? Learn German.
Bonus: Learning German is easier than you think
German, like any other language, requires practice. And yet everyone can learn it. Having mastered the system of sounds, you know how any German word is written, and how the written word is read.
If you have already learned English, you have an indisputable advantage in studying German. These two languages have one common ancestor, from which the similarities in grammar and vocabulary follow. Four German cases also will not frighten anyone who masters Ukrainian and Russian — in the latter two flexion system is much more complicated.
Learn languages, English alone will not surprise anyone!
And yet, do not be afraid of these famous long words, umlauts and detachable affixes. Love the German language, and it will reciprocate by all means. Believe me, it's worth a hundredfold.