Reasons to learn German

Reasons to learn German German Language Coach

German is widely spoken in Europe: Count the 83 Million inhabitants of Germany, add Austria, the German-speaking part of Switzerland plus Luxemburg, and German-speaking minorities in Northern Italy, Southern Denmark and the Alsace in France, and you get the picture. Of course, there is more than just the holiday aspect since Germany is not exactly renowned for its glorious holiday resorts by the sea. It is more practical, of course: think of all the business opportunities. You needn’t be fluent, but a few basics could open doors and make business in Germany a little easier.

Studying in Germany

Are you thinking of studying in Germany? This may sound like a distant dream to any UK student, but there are still universities in Germany that charge no or very low tuition fees (Berlin is only one of them). Typically the cost of living is comparatively low in Germany unless you live in Munich, Hamburg or Baden Baden. Therefore, you may not be burdened with huge debts to pay off after graduation.

The German language

German and English go back to the same West Germanic dialect. Can you believe that at some point in history, a person from Hamburg probably would have had only minor trouble understanding a person from, let’s say, Winchester? “Funny accent”, they would have thought about each other…Unfortunately, this was a long time ago and is not the case anymore. But a few centuries, a great vowel shift plus a few French and Scandinavian invaders later, we can still find proof in the vocabulary: House – Haus, beer – Bier, wine – Wein being the most obvious ones. The list could be extended with verbs like make – machen, say – sagen or adjectives like small – schmal, round – rund.

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