10 Reasons why you should learn German
We all love a good list, right? If you’re thinking of taking up German, here’s the perfect list for you – 10 reasons why you should go ahead and sign up one of our language courses and start speaking German! Don’t wait around though – our courses start next week so make sure you get your name on the list by clicking here.
1. For Business
Do you know just how many German businesses have their American headquarters or offices here in the South East? We’re talking hundreds people, maybe even thousands! And they’re not just little companies either – there’s VW, Porsche, BMW, Mercedes – we could go on but that could get a little boring! There are around 320 in Georgia alone. Being able to speak German could open doors you never imagined were possible in the business world. You could massively increase your pay check, be involved in international business with trips to Europe to see your German colleagues and a huge step up the employment ladder. It could even lead to expat life in a foreign land! Multiple government agencies, the travel industry, engineering, communications, the field of education, international law, economics, public policy, publishing, advertising, entertainment, scientific research, and many service sectors all have needs for people with foreign language skills – the list is endless.
2. For Travel
You like to jump on a plane and explore but when you get there you struggle to communicate with the locals, even when it comes to ordering your breakfast. But, with a second language under your belt, in this case German of course, you can speak and live like a local and fit right in! Imagine the possibilities…no more talking with your hands and speaking loudly because you think people will understand you better, let’s face it people that doesn’t happen and you just look a little bit stupid! Instead you’ll be ordering your breakfast, lunch and dinner with confidence, finding your way around a city by getting directions from a local to all the little gems off the tourist track and fully immersing yourself into a different life, for a couple of weeks at least!
3. For Family
Maybe you’ve found the love of your life, who ticks all the boxes and is just perfect but there’s one hurdle – they speak a different language. It may be that they are fluent in your native language but their family, well, they’re still fully fledged Germans who won’t be learning a new language anytime soon. But, you want to converse with them, you want them to like you, you want to build a relationship with them and the only way that is going to happen is if you head to a language class. Soon you’ll be having in-depth conversations about current events, the weather and of course, what the love of your life was like as a child!
4. For your Resumé
It’s said that between two candidates who have the same skill set and experience, the one who can speak a foreign language is more likely to be picked for the job – need I say more? Having a second language on your resumé makes you so much more employable. It opens doors to jobs in other countries that wouldn’t be a possibility without having that second language skill. The world will suddenly seem smaller and opportunities that were never on the radar are suddenly right in front of you and you’re on that plane to a new life in Europe.
5. German is one of the Most Widely Spoken Languages
Yes, you read that right – German is one of the most widely spoken languages in Europe. Forget English people, German is where it is at! There are 89 million native German speakers in the world – that’s 1.39 % of the world’s population, it’s a native language in Germany (of course!), Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein – that’s a lot of German-speaking people right there. It’s the eleventh most popular language in the world – imagine the possibilities you would have if you were one of those German-speaking people!
6. To Boost your Intelligence
It’s a proven fact that speaking a second language makes you more intelligent and who doesn’t want to me more intelligent? Students who study forgein languages tend to score better in standardized tests than monolingual students, especially in math, reading and vocabulary. Foreign language learners also show greater cognitive development in areas like mental flexibility, creativity and higher order thinking skills such as problem-solving, conceptualizing and reasoning. It boosts your memory skills and your children can massively benefit too – the younger you learn, the greater the impact on your intelligence. Children who have studied a language at the elementary level score higher on tests in reading, language arts, and math. It’s also said learning a second language can stave off dementia and keep your brain active for longer. It’s a no-brainer!
7. Become More Open-Minded
Speaking a second, third or even fourth language opens doors to opportunities you never thought possible – you’ll stand out from the crowd, be able to get involved in activities you would never have dreamed of, you’ll be open to new cultures and therefore be more open-minded. Once you realize that everybody is different, we live in the same world but have different cultures and traditions, you’ll recognize the cultural base for your own attitudes and behaviour and that of others around you, seeing them in a more favourable light. Seeing the world from a different perspective and understanding where you and others come from is a fantastic, eye-opening experience.
8. To learn more about the History of Germany and its Culture
Learning German will not only teach you a second language but will fully immerse you in the culture and history of another country and Germany definitely has a lot of that! This not only makes learning more fun and expands your mind but fully immerses you in the life and culture of a different country, you’ll get to see fascinating things from a new perspective which not many people can and connect with new people all around the world. Germany has its own music, style, history and literature which you will be able to enjoy and understand, you can broaden your horizons and open up a whole new world.
9. To Make New Connections
Let’s face it, you won’t be the only person in your German class. Others with the same mind-set will be sitting next to you, they could be learning German for the same reason as you or any of the reasons on this page. They could become your new study buddy, work contact that opens doors to a world you never thought possible and more importantly, a lifelong friend. It’s amazing the people you meet in a language class and the new connections and friends you could make.
10. To Sharpen your Life Skills
And last, but by no means least, learning a language can sharpen your life skills. Those who learn a language can deal with unfamiliar cultural ideas, they are much better equipped to adapt and cope in a fast-changing world. They are more confident, they learn to effectively handle new situations quickly and easily. They become more tolerant to diverse lifestyles, cultures and customs and their ability to understand and communicate with people from different walks of life is also massively increased.
So, what are you waiting for? Learning German has so many benefits turning down the chance to join a language class and boost your skills should not even be on your radar! And with our classes starting on Monday (September, 29, 2014), this is the perfect time to get your name on the list – as we’ve already told you, the opportunities that could arise are endless!
We have classes from beginner to advanced and everything in between so, if you’ve never spoken the language before, or if you’ve had a few lessons and have the basic skills we have a course that will suit you so no worries there! The world of German is waiting for you – online registration is available by clicking here.
We look forward to seeing you in class!
Posted on September 25, 2014, in Daily News, Language Events and tagged Atlanta, German, Germany, Goethe, Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta, language learning, Language skills. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.