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5 Reasons to Learn German

We know that learning any foreign language brings amazing benefits. So, why should you pick German? Just Add German presents the top 5 reasons to learn German. Take a look below and get inspired.

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<strong>Want to stand out from the crowd? Just Add German:</strong> Distinguish yourself by learning German and you’ll be the one to connect with millions of German speakers around the world. German probably isn’t the most crowded class in your school—which is all the more reason to get on board! You’ll become part of a close group of passionate individuals who have worlds of opportunities open to them because they’ve chosen this important language.

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Want to stand out from the crowd? Just Add German.

Distinguish yourself by learning German and you’ll be the one to connect with millions of German speakers.

<strong>Thinking about the future? Just Add German:</strong> Adding German opens doors to success in college admissions and beyond. You’re not the kind of person who leaves the future to chance. You know what you want and are willing to work hard to get it. Taking German in high school opens doors to more academic and career opportunities than you’d ever imagine.

Future
Thinking about the future? Just Add German.

Adding German opens doors to success in college admissions and beyond.

<strong>Passionate about culture and history? Just Add German:</strong> Discover the fascinating events and personalities of the German-speaking world! Could you imagine yourself being there—whether “there” is a German cabaret during the Weimar Republic or a Berlin art studio right now? Learning languages is a direct way to satisfy your curiosity about European history and culture, and taking German lets you explore new worlds.

Culture
Passionate about culture and history? Just Add German.

Discover the fascinating events and personalities of the German-speaking world!

<strong>Ready for a warm welcome? Just Add German:</strong> Make new friends in class and abroad and get ready to enjoy a hearty WILLKOMMEN into this multicultural and dynamic society. Even if you haven’t fully mastered the adjective endings, your German will be met with big smiles and encouragement in Germany. Your desire to make new personal connections at home and abroad will be furthered by taking German.

Welcome
Ready for a warm welcome? Just Add German.

Make new friends in class and abroad and get ready to enjoy a hearty 'Willkommen' into this multicultural society.

<strong>Feeling adventurous? Just Add German:</strong> Dreaming of going abroad or taking on a new language puzzle are great reasons to learn German. Sometimes you want to take a class because it actually sounds fun—and German classes fit the bill! You’ll learn about the wide variety of German holidays and festivities, all while taking an important step towards study or travel abroad.

Adventure
Feeling adventurous? Just Add German.

Dreaming of going abroad or taking on a new language puzzle are great reasons to learn German.


Career Portal

Germany is the fourth largest national economy worldwide and the largest in the European Union. If you’re looking for employment, knowing German can give you great advantages in the United States and abroad. Knowing more than one language enhances employment opportunities in government, business, law, medicine and health care, teaching, technology, communications, social service, and marketing. German is THE language which opens up major markets and gives you the edge in competition. It is in demand not only for German-speaking firms abroad and foreign firms in Germany, but also for companies enjoying close economic ties to German-speaking countries.

Working at STIHL Filmstill: Just Add German Career Video @ STIHL, Inc, VA © Goethe-Institut USA

Career Opportunities in the US

Did you know that knowledge of German gives you an average annual salary boost of 4% in the US and in Europe even more? 

Students from all over the world explain what it means to study in Germany. Filmstill: Germany - new horizons © Goethe-Institut USA

Study in Germany

With approximately one in ten of all university students Germany is the third most popular destination after the United States and Great Britain among international students in the world. 

The American Chamber of Commerce constantly looking for ambitious individuals who are interested in the overwhelming career opportunities they have to offer. Filmstill: Just Add German Career Video @ AmCham and Capco, Frankfurt

Work in Germany

Germany is the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. German economy is growing and was less affected by the economic downturn than many others.

Millions of people share special relationships to Germany and its products. Filmstill: Not just Germany — Just Add German © Goethe-Institut USA

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Not just Germany

Millions of people share special relationships to Germany and its products. Puma, adidas, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Siemens and Trader Joe’s are just some big German brands.


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In Germany you can go skiing on the Alps or swin in the Isar in Munich. © Goethe-Institut USA

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Just Add German is a campaign of the Goethe-Institut. Our goal is to show how German as a foreign language is beneficial to students, families, careers, as well as a great way to open doors to new opportunities. We invite you to explore our site which offers extensive resources to support anyone interested in German language, culture, and business.
The Just Add German Campaign is funded by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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