Learning German is worth the effort! Why? Because...
- German is an important language in international communication. Over 101 million people in the world speak German, around 20 million people throughout the world are learning German. In Europe alone, 100 million people speak German as their mother tongue, not only in Germany, but also in Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. This puts German amongst the twelve most commonly spoken languages in the world: 2.1 % of the world population. Within Europe, German is the most widely spoken mother tongue.
- German is an important language for trade. Germany is a nation of global export significance. It has a strong economy and is the most important industrial and trading partner of Indonesia within the European Union. In the last 10 years, German has become a regional lingua-franca in the countries of central and eastern Europe. As internationality and intercultural competence are key qualifications for successful business today, German language proficiency helps you to open up new markets and to be successful in global business and in the international labour market.
- German occupies a firm place in science and the humanities. German, as the language of science and technology, plays an important role in research and education. In the 19th century, German, as the language of science and the humanities, occupied an important position in the world, more important than French, and even, in certain respects, English. Nowadays, English is the dominant international language for science and the humanities. But in the global network of interdisciplinary and international co-operation German is still in high demand as a language in these spheres. Modern German society is based on science: science and research occupy a firm place in public life in Germany.
- German, as a cultural language, opens up intellectual horizons. German culture manifests itself in different forms: from literature and music, through the theatre and films, and right on to architecture, painting, philosophy and art. Knowledge of German enables you to get to know one of the great European cultures in the original. Whether in the world of literature - Goethe, Schiller, Kafka, Grass -, the world of music - Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Wagner -, that of philosophy - Luther, Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche -, or of psychology -Freud, Adler, Jung - or also the world of research and science - Kepler, Einstein, Röntgen, Planck – German is the language for great minds!
- German opens the door to German university courses. Although international courses at German universities enable you to study in Germany without knowing German, German language proficiency is of course quite advantageous if you whish to study there. If no international course of study is involved, you must prove that you have an adequate command of German before starting your course. Hence, German language proficiency e.g. provides you with a much greater choice of courses.
- German improves your chances of finding work. German firms in Indonesia and foreign firms in Germany seek experts with a knowledge of German. In the European Union there are interesting training, study and employment opportunities for specialists with a knowledge of German.
- German is important for work in tourism. Indonesia is a popular tourist destination. Lots of tourists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland travel to Indonesia. For everyone who works and earns money in the tourist industry a knowledge of German is a good investment.
Comprehensive information on how and where to learn German, on learning materials, institutes fostering the German language, German language testing and summer courses are available on the website www.learn-german.net .