1. It was Einstein’s first language.
2. Jobs for German speakers have exploded in recent years.
3. English and German share 60% of their vocabulary, so you can already speak and understand German before you even start learning it: house, loyal, hunger, gold, bed have the same meaning in both languages.
4. German is spoken in over six continents : 100 million native speakers, and it’s the officical language in Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Belgium.
5. First letter of every noun begins with a capital. Why is that good? Because it makes reading faster and easier: “Organgen, Bananen, Aprikosen sind mein Lieblingsobst”.
6. German declensions are adopted from Latin languages and there are merely four cases, whereas Latin has six!
7. It has a lot of funny false friends with English: bad = evil / das Bad = bathroom; boot = shoe/das Boot = the boat; gift = the present / das Gift = poison.
8. Attention to very end is essential: German word order is fairly rigid and in most sentences the verb is placed at end. Waiting politely until someone has finished their sentence is a virtue!
9. German can be so subtle: the beauty of German is to express an idea in its deepest complexity with only 1 word: sich vergengenwärtigen = to refresh a past idea and apply its value in the present; mitdenken = to actively think in a teamwork for a common cause; Fingerspitzengefühl = the ability to deal with sensitive issues in accordance with the circumstances.
10. German countries are a beautiful holiday destinations and the gratification of saying in German “Ein Bier bitte” is second to none.
German is worth learning since it’s very flexible, practical, and expressive. Don’t get discouraged by its complexity, you don’t need to learn it perfectly but with enough practice, your language knowledge will extend to further horizons.
New German 5-week introductory courses for complete beginners, starting September 2017.
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