I came across this article the other day, where German bestseller writer Bastian Sick was asked to give 10 reasons for learning German. I liked his reasons so much that I reprint them here on my blog, but if you want to red the whole article you can find it here
These are his ten reasons:
- So you can understand the lyrics of Tokio Hotel songs and sing along with the right pronunciation.
- So you can write a love letter to Bill Kaulitz (Tokio Hotel singer).
- So you don’t have to squint at the subtitles when watching German TV series, such as Derrick, Ein Fall für zwei and Sturm der Liebe.
- So you can impress your friends with words like “Fussballweltmeisterschaftsendrundenteilnehmer” or “Überschallgeschwindigkeitsflugzeug”.
- So you can read Goethe in the original. And of course, not just Goethe but all the other classics in German literature, including Heinz Erhardt, Wilhelm Busch and Loriot.
- So you will be able, as a Porsche driver, not only to flaunt it to everyone, but also to tell them that your car isn’t called a “Porsch” or a “Porschie”.
- So that, if you happen to be a cleaner, you can understand serious warnings on German household substances, for instance “Augenkontakt unbedingt vermeiden!” or “Dämpfe nicht einatmen!”
- So you can say in German at the Bambi awards: “Ich danke meinen Eltern! Und allen Leuten von Sony Music! Und natürlich meinem Publikum! Ihr seid so wundervoll! Ich liebe euch alle!”
- So you can ask questions in German, if you happen to be a foreign journalist at a press conference in Germany.
- So you can get the role of the villain in the next James Bond film.
I couldn’t have put it any better!