German is a West Germanic language widely spoken in Central Europe. It is the official language of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol in Italy, the German-speaking Community of Belgium and Liechtenstein. One of the major languages of the world, German is a native language to 100 million people worldwide and the most widely spoken native language in the European Union. It is the third most commonly spoken foreign language after English and French in the European Union and the second most widely taught foreign language in the EU.
Why learn German?
- German is required or recommended by many undergraduate and graduate programs.
- Germany is the most widely spoken language in Europe.
- Knowing German creates business opportunities.
- Germans are innovators.
- The German presence on the Internet supersedes most others.
- 1 in 10 books is published in German.
People with B1 level German proficiency and an EU Blue card are eligible for “permanent right of residence” after just 21 months, compared to 33 months otherwise. The Blue Card is a “premium version” of the work permit, same as the US Green Card.
To integrate yourself with the place, say going to the doctor, medicine shop, grocery stores, hair-cut, Internet connection, government offices and other such general scenarios you do need to have some German knowledge.
Even in an English curriculum, there will be some instructions and information that will be in German. You will definitely feel better, if you are able to make sense out of those communications, because most of these might be important. Like – a job opportunity, an important announcement regarding semester fees payment, student union announcements, etc.
Ability to read the contents of the groceries you buy and also understand the offer announcements that are made every now and then. Ability to navigate through roads and shops. Understand the sign posts and general instructions at public places.