I came across another great infographic with the option to embed it into my blog. It’s a post from Overpass (came via elearning infographics) and covers languages in general, but I’d like to add the German angle to it (below the infographic), as that’s the one I want you to be most interested in ☺
Increase your brainpower
There have been many articles like this one Why being bilingual works wonders for your brain that mention how good learning a foreign language is for your brain, possibly even preventing Dementia. This surely must be one of the best reasons for learning German.
Enjoy international art, literature, music and film in their original language
I’ll just mention some names: Albrecht Dürer, Paul Klee, Emil Nolde, Goethe, Thomas Mann, Herman Hesse, Berthold Brecht, Michael Ende, Theodor Storm, Beethoven, Bach, Herbert Grönemeyer, Kraftwerk, Rammstein, Wise Guys, Good Bye Lenin, das Boot, Lola rennt, die Welle … and many, many more.
Make your travel more enjoyable
Ok, ok, if you go to Berlin or other big cities, you probably find more Germans who want to practise their English with you. But go to smaller towns and you will most likely meet lots of Germans who speak no or only very little English. Imagine how pleased they will be if you would speak to them in German!
Use it as a tool for privacy or secret communication
This thought has never occurred to me but I do remember that as a child my friends and I had a secret code. So this tip is probably more useful to youngsters, especially as there are fewer and fewer schools that offer German. So if you and your mates speak in German, nobody at school would be able to eavesdrop!
Global employment and better job opportunities
Unfortunately, in the UK (I don’t know about other countries) it often doesn’t mean more pay but there is a growing demand in jobs which require German knowledge. Studying or working in Germany would also be a lot easier if you’d learned German beforehand.
Boost your confidence
Just imagine this: You’re in Germany and overhear a conversation between an English speaker and a German shop assistant. The English speaker doesn’t speak any German and gets more and more frustrated and angry … and starts shouting! Then you go over and calmly solve the problem by telling the German shop assistant what the rude foreigner wants. Guess how you would feel?!?
Increase your vocabulary improvement
This is the point I find most interesting. When you start learning another language you begin to notice the way certain words have different meanings or are used in different ways. It is amazing how much you learn about your own language when you learn German (other languages are also available ☺)
Grasp better knowledge of cultural diversity
When I moved to the UK people used to ask me about differences between Germany and England, and I always said that there weren’t really any differences, apart from the language, of course. But over the years, especially since I started teaching, I noticed so many subtle and not so subtle differences. For example, sometimes Germans come across as rude because when they speak English they do not add the word ‘please’. The reason for that (unless they ARE rude) could be that their English isn’t very good and they literally translate from German to English. German sentences are often structured in a way that doesn’t need the word ‘bitte’. They are already polite requests. People who haven’t learned German would not know this, but you do because you are interested in the German language – and I just told you ☺
So, all in all some great reasons for learning German, don’t you think?