Why learn German?German is the mother tongue of every fifth person in the European Union (© dpa)
It’s the password to Europe
If you’re a Wunderkind long past Kindergarten, if you went hiking last summer carrying your favourite rucksack and love scaring your playmates with the poltergeist, if you come up with a spiel when you feel like missing school, and you’ve heard your mom saying ‘that’s Kitsch’, well Wunderbar! You already have many German words floating around in your mind and hardly need to be convinced why learning the language is a cool idea.
German is the mother tongue of every fifth person in the European Union, which means if you know the language you’ll feel at home while in Europe for a holiday, to study or for work when you’re grown up. German is no harder to speak and write than other languages, especially for those who already know English, as both share common linguistic roots. Learning it with your classmates and friends can be fun – you’ll be one amongst an active, growing community of kids around the world who are learning German as a foreign language at school or other institutions.
Enlarge image Learning German with classmates and friends can be fun (© PASCH New Delhi) It is the second most commonly used language of science, and knowing German means you will have access to world-class universities and courses when you finish school. But of course, learning German doesn’t have to do only with study stuff, it also lets you enjoy a rich heritage of music, literature and arts, makes it easier to travel through a large part of Europe and satisfy your wanderlust, be part of exciting exchange programmes where you can make friends with kids from another country, and of course, helps you order a round of pretzels or your favourite kuchen when you are hungry while in Germany!