Why learn German? Did you know that:
- German is by far the most widely spoken native tongue in the European Union with 88 million native speakers? (English and French are 60 million each.)
- After English and French, German is the third most popular language to learn in the world and the most widely spoken language in Europe?
- One out of every ten books published in the world is published in German?
- German is an official language in seven countries; Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Belgium, and Italy? It is a "Lingua Franca" in Eastern Europe, which means that Eastern Europeans with different mother tongues use German to communicate.
- 68% of all Japanese students study German?
- About 20 million people learn German in 94 different countries of the world?
- German is a very important business language because Germany has the third highest GNP in the world after the U.S. and Japan?
- For many scientists and researchers a knowledge of German is essential?
The Multicultural World
German is important in today's multicultural world for many reasons. It is your ticket to career advancement, because:
- German is a key business language in the European Union and in the rapidly growing markets of Central and Eastern Europe.
- Germany is America's largest European trading partner; more than 750 major American firms are doing business in Germany.
- 1,100 German companies do business in the U.S. and their presence continues to grow.
- In a survey conducted by the German-American chamber of commerce, 65% of all respondents stated they were looking specifically for German/English bilingual skills when hiring new employees.
- German companies in the U.S. pay German-speaking employees premium salaries.
Here are some professional fields where German is either required or useful.
- World Health Organization Worker
- Library Service
- Police Services
Industry and Commerce
- International Banking
- World Bank
- Overseas Branches of Corporations
- Overseas Investment Analysis
- Bilingual/Multilingual Administration
- Research and Development of high-tech products
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Department of Commerce
- Foreign Service
Arts, Media, & Entertainment
- Foreign Correspondence
- Film Production
- Art Dealership
Travel and Tourism
- Wine Industry
- Hotel/Restaurant Industry
- Exchange Program Coordination
- Travel Agency
- Resort/Cruise Management