Our guide to German
Kristina K

Our guide to German

First published date September 26 2013 Amended date April 20 2015

German is one of the most commonly taught languages in the world and is widely spoken but if that’s not a good enough reason to study it, then surely learning a language that’s connected to some of the world’s most impressive achievements makes it a winner? Think Beethoven, Bach, Mozart. If you’re not into music, then having the slightest connection with Einstein is great for understanding how great German minds tick. And if you’re still not convinced, German literature opens up a world of great literary texts and centuries of deep philosophies and culture such as the Brothers Grimm, Goethe and Hermann Hesse. So what are you waiting for? Enrol yourself on a German course to experience some of life’s best works and, of course, Germany itself!


Boost your brain power

Being able to speak a second language makes you smarter. If you’re bilingual, collective evidence has shown that it improves the brain’s executive function, allowing you to plan, solve problems, stay focused, remember sequences and perform mentally demanding tasks a lot better. In terms of health, you’ll also be more resistant to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Looks like your ability to order Schweinebraten at the local German restaurant is worth more than you can imagine! So, why not pick up some weekend or part-time German courses?They’ll be great for your language needs as well as your mental well being.


Travel the world

You’re bound to meet Germans everywhere you go in the world. They’re very well-travelled and with about six weeks of annual leave, you’ll most likely to bump into one even if you  found yourself in Barrow,Alaska (one of the most northernmost towns in the entire world with a dwindling population of 4,000 people!) German is also widely spoken in other countries such as Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Luxembourg. Hence, it’s always handy to know some basics to get you through everyday situations like asking for the time, accommodation and events. German courses for beginners are practical for travelling, studying, working abroad and broadening horizons.  


Drink up at Oktoberfest

It’s forgivable that whenever people mention Germany, the first thing that comes to mind is Oktoberfest.  With over six million people rushing to Munich for some of the world’s best liquid gold (if you don’t know that’s beer, then this event is not for you!) and the world’s largest fair, this Bavarian culture is best experienced with some knowledge of conversational German. Whilst you’re there, you’ll be able to soak up some of Germany’s rich culture, and if you speak the language, you’ll be able to learn more from the locals, including lots of things that your guidebooks won’t tell you.


Special customised German classes

For English speakers, German is surprisingly easy to learn. This is because both  English and Germanic languages have the same roots, making them very similar and easier to learn in comparison to French, Italian and Spanish, which are very different to English. While learning German might be a breeze compared to other languages,  if you think that you’d prefer a one-to-one class, a private tutor, or to simply study at your own pace through distance learning, then our customised courses are perfect for you.


Work for one of the world’s biggest economies

Many global firms have a presence in Germany and many organisations conduct business with German enterprises. If you’re ambitious and career-driven, then learning German business languagewill help propel you further in your career and can make your job application stand out. You’ll learn and understand how to apply words, phrases, communicate effectively and write business correspondence. Your comprehensive grasp of the language will impress your employers, clients and industry colleagues.


What will you learn?

Whether you choose to study full time, part time or even as part of your degree, you’ll learn to develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills for both familiar and unfamiliar situations. In some classes, you’ll gain an insight into contemporary society in German-speaking countries by studying various issues like German cinema or lifestyle. At the end of some courses, you might be required to sit examinations.


Did you know?

The first printed book was in German.

German designer, Hugo Boss, designed the official uniforms for the Nazi Party and Hitler Youth.

To ask for a beer in a pub, you would use your thumb to indicate ‘one’ rather than your index finger. If you’re not convinced, watch Inglorious Basterds!

There are 1,000 types of sausage in Germany.

Berlin is nine times bigger than Paris.

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