At the Goethe-Institut we know there are many reasons for adults wanting to learn a foreign language. Some people have relatives with whom they’d like to converse. Others want to get to know their roots better, or improve their careers. Some want to travel, and have dreams of fitting in knowledgeably with the customs and culture of the lands they visit. Some do it to widen their experience and improve their lives or give themselves the opportunity of reading a book in its original language. Some may simply have time on their hands, and want to try something new.
We can’t determine your roots or your relatives, but when it comes to every other reason we can tell you that for your second language, you should choose German. Over 120 million people speak it, and over 17 million are learning it worldwide, so if you want to travel, it’s an automatic choice. If you love literature, what could be more satisfying than reading Goethe, Schiller, Heine, Kant and Hegel, or Nobel prize-winners like Günter Grass or Herta Müller exactly as they wrote? What about absorbing the culture that gave the world Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, or immersing yourself in a movie by Wim Wenders or Rainer-Werner Fassbinder, or a play by Brecht? And if you just want to try something new, why not be practical and make the largest economy in Europe more accessible at the same time?
And that brings us to some very practical reasons to choose to learn German. Apart from major global brands like Daimler-Benz, Siemens and Deutsche Bank, there are a great many small and medium-sized enterprises that power the German economy. Around 600 of them are established in South Africa, helping to make Germany South Africa’s second largest trading partner. This level of cooperation and involvement bodes well for bilateral business relations, and represents the significant economic opportunities offered by German companies. And if you if you want to maximise these opportunities, imagine what speaking German could do for you.
So why not choose German? With the Goethe-Institut there for you, it’s good to know you can.
And if you can’t get to us at the Goethe-Institut to study, we’d be more than happy to put you in touch with a person or a place where you can.
SPEAK GERMAN. TALK TO US.
Goethe-Institut South Africa, Learning German