Why Learn German?

Why learn German? 

Fun Facts:

English is a Germanic Language and stems from the Germanic family of languages - hence the two languages are very similar. There are many cognates in English from German (i.e. Hallo / Hello,  Haus / House,  Bruder / Brother, Mutter / Mother,  Mein Name ist.. / My name is..)

Germany is the # 1 exporting nation in the world.

Germany has the 4th strongest economy in the world.

German is spoken primarily in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein.  

German is the most widely spoken language in the European Union with over 120 million native speakers worldwide.

Germans are #2 with Internet presence.

There are more than 1,100 companies in German-speaking countries that have subsidiaries in the United States. These companies account for 700,000 jobs in the USA.  

Some colleges and universities recommend or require the study of German for students interested in:  Art, Business, Drama, Literature, Music, and Science (Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, etc..)

German is the 2nd most commonly used scientific language in the world.

Classical music today would not be the same if it were not for German speaking composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Wagner to name a few.

Vienna, Austria remains the international center of music today.

Almost 1 out of every 5 books in the world are published in German.

German-Americans make up the single largest heritage group reported in the US (approximately 15%).

German immigrants are responsible for thousands of mainstay products and cultural characteristics in the USA.  These include Levi’s jeans, ketchup, the Christmas tree, kindergarten, hotdogs, hamburgers, Hershey’s chocolate, and the“American” image of Santa Claus.