Academics

The value of knowing German

  1. More People Speak German Than You Realize
    • German is the official language of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein.
    • German is the native language roughly 120 million people living in all of Europe.
    • German is the third most popular language world-wide.
    • 68% of Japanese students learn German because of its value.
  2. Knowing German Gives You an Advantage in the Business World
    • Germany has the world’s fourth largest economy.
    • Germany is the #2 export nation in the world, only recently edged out by China.
    • German companies provide roughly 800,000 jobs in the United States.
    • German speakers are the biggest group of potential business partners in the EU.
    • In sales, a customer is more likely to buy your product if you speak their language.
    • Germany hosts two-thirds of the world’s trade fairs.
  3. Germans Have a Knack for Science and Technology
    • Many scientific discoveries happen in German-speaking countries.
    • A lot of scientific information is only available in German.
    • Four of the world’s ten most innovative companies are located in Germany.
  4. Germans Have a Rich Culture
    • German Authors: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Herman Hesse
    • German Musicians: Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Händel, Mozart, Strauss, Wagner
    • German Philosophers: Kant, Kegel, Marx, Nietzsche
    • German Artists: Dürer, Kollwitz
  5. German Heritage is Everywhere
    • 25% of all Americans have German ancestry, and that number increases to about 50% in the Midwest.
    • German is not as hard to learn as most people believe. German and English are sister languages and they use many of the same words, for example: friend = Freund, house = Haus, perfect = perfekt