An introduction: Why learn German?

German is an Indo-European language of the West Germanic branch. Its closest relatives are Dutch, English, and the North Germanic languages, especially Danish.

It’s with its 100 million native speakers the most widespread native language in the European Union. Furthermore, it’s spoken as a secondary language by almost another 100 million people.

It’s an official language in Germany (surprise!), Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Luxembourg, and Belgium. It’s moreover a recognized minority language in several other European countries and Namibia.

German Language Map
Map of the German language.

Many of the mentioned countries are among the richest in the in the world, why it is no surprise that people who masters German often earns a nice sum of money.

Germany is often linked with its nazi past, but, on the other hand, Germany is one of the very few countries that openly repents its historical crimes. Many countries today still deny genocide, slavery, and other crimes against humanity. Just a thing to have in mind.

Another Day in BerlinAnother day in Berlin, Germany’s capital. Photo: Mr. Noodles

Learning a new language is like developing an extra sense. You will start to think different about language, including your mother tongue, and it will extend your career opportunities. It will give you more freedom to experience life in German speaking countries and to explore your interests. These are some of the things that will justify the amount of hours and energy that you will have to spend to learn this language.

To get started and to get build the necessary interest watch some German films, listen to German music, and read travel guides about German speaking countries.

Further Introduction to German:

Wikipedia – German Language
Wikipedia takes you through which languages German are related to, German literature, vocabulary, and many other things.

BBC Languages – German
BBC’s introduction to the German language

Stumble Upon – German
This will get through to a lot webpages related to the German language, culture, etc. by clicking the stumble button.

German: Languages of the World
Alexander Arguelles, polyglot, reads up loud and tells about language structure. This is something you have to watch!