Why German?

With Germany competing with China to be the world’s largest exporter, the German economy ranks number one in Europe and number four worldwide. Its economy is comparable to that of all the world’s Spanish-speaking countries combined.

Germany is home to numerous international corporations. Hence it comes as no surprise that direct investment by Germany in the United States is over ten billion USD.

German is among the ten most commonly spoken languages in the world and has by the largest number of native speakers in the European Union (far more than English, Spanish, or French). It is also a lingua franca of Central and Eastern Europe. And as for “all Germans speak English anyway”? That’s pure myth.

German is the second most commonly used scientific language in the world. Many of the Western world’s most important works of philosophy, literature, music, art history, theology, psychology, chemistry, physics, engineering and medicine are written in German and continue to be produced in German.

German is the language of Goethe, Marx, Nietzsche, and Kafka, of Mann, Brecht, and Grass. Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, Wagner, Mahler, and Schoenberg spoke and wrote German, as did Freud, Weber, Einstein, and Heisenberg, Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger. In addition, the German-speaking world has produced some of the most revered filmmakers of the 20th century.

German and English are similar. Many words in German sound and/or look the same as equivalent English words, because the two languages share the same “grandparent.” For example, look at these words: Friday/Freitas, free/frei, god/Gott, machine/Maschine, house/Haus, show/Schuh, beer/Bier, and kindergarten/Kindergarten.

18% of the world’s books are published in German. Relatively few of these ever appear in English translation. [The author wonders if this can partially be explained by the thousands of books written about German tax laws, but…] we find it quite impressive!  In fact, printing books is a German invention. The first person to advance ideas by printing books on a large scale was Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation – and the world’s first mass communication visionary.

German is the gateway to a world-class higher education, and for your kids the autobahn to a life without student debt.

Germans are world leaders in engineering, not to mention world cup champions in football, pardon, soccer.

 

(See also: 15 Reasons Why You Should Learn German Language)

Some links with interesting material for your children

Free printable coloring pages of Germany, click here.

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