Why learn German and where ?

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German is the language with the highest number of native speakers in the EU. 90 million people grow up with it, and 50 million learn it as a foreign language. German is alive, it is changing, it picks up trends and fashions, and plays with them.
Do you want to be part of this? Want to know and understand more that "Oktoberfest" and "Bier"?
Go on then, discover German for yourself and see how great it is to speak a language that plays a major role in Europe!

Auswärtiges Amt Minister Westerwelle mit Jugendlichen

PASCH - Schools: Partners for the Future

In February 2008 the Federal Foreign Office launched the “Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH) initiative. The aim of PASCH is to create and strengthen a global network of some 1500 partner schools with special links to Germany.

Jugendliche vor dem Computer

Learn German - German to-go: Deutsche Welle's free offer

Improve your German with Deutsche Welle's audio and video programs, which include language lessons for beginners, information about Germany and news in German.

Mann mit Kopfhörern

Free interactive online German course

Improve your German with Deutsche Welle's audio and video programs, which include language lessons for beginners, information about Germany and news in German.  

Das Tagesschau-Studio mit Moderator Jens Riewa

Newscast from Deutsche Welle for German learners

Every day, you can find the newscast from Deutsche Welle's German Service here -- slowly read and clearly articulated just for German learners.

Deutsch - Sprache der Ideen

Inspiring people to learn German

With the campaign “German – Language of Ideas” Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle aims to promote learning German as a foreign language abroad. Minister of State Pieper introduced the campaign at the Federal Foreign Office. German is the most widely spoken language in Europe. Nearly 15 million people speak and learn German as a foreign language. However, in recent years there has been a decline in the number of people learning German. Pieper called this trend an “alarming sign” that the German Government was determined to counter. After all, language was a foundation for establishing good relations between countries.

Living language: German is the mother tongue of more than 100 million people.

How Language and Sport Break Down Barriers

They are social bridge builders and promote international understanding: language and sport have more in common than one might initially think. How are they similar? Both create identity, have an integrative effect and bring people of different nationalities together.

Four young friends using cellular telephones

Keep it Short: How SMS Messages and E-Mail are Influencing Expression

Is the language of SMS messages ruining they way in which we express ourselves? According to a recent poll, most Germans think it is perfectly all right to congratulate someone on their birthday in an SMS message. And then they write “Happy B-Day 2U” instead of “Happy birthday”. Is the language of SMS messages ruining they way in which we express ourselves? 

Deutsche Sprache

German – A Language Learned all over the World, but Firmly Rooted in Europe

German is the second foreign language in the European Union (EU) and when it comes to the 90 million people whose mother tongue is German, it is actually in first place. It is also officially recognised as a minority language in eight countries Does this then mean we should not worry about the status of the German language in Europe? The answer unfortunately is - yes, we should be concerned, as the German language plays only a minor role in the institutions of the EU.

Goethe-Schiller Denkmal in Weimar

What Goethe didn´t know ...

Eleven curious items from the world of the German language which even Germany’s most famous poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, would not have known. Source: Deutschland Magazin

Why learn German and where ?

Deutsch lernen

Where to learn German ?

There are several institutions, language schools and adult education programms that do offer German courses at different levels. 

Young Germany Podcast:

YG Podcast

Der Young Germany Podcast bietet das Deutsch@YG Starter Kit an (die gebräuchlichsten deutschen Phrasen für Anfänger), eine Einführung zu Deutsch@YG und viele interessante Hörbeispiele und Sprachübungen für Deutschlernende (Fortgeschrittene) und vieles mehr.

Goethe-Institut - Weshalb Deutsch lernen?

Logo des Goethe-Instituts in weißer Farbe

Wer Deutsch spricht kann: die großen Schriftsteller der letzten Jahrhunderte wie z.B. Goethe, Schiller und Brecht im Original lesen auf etwas Besonderes in seinem Lebenslauf hinweisen (20% der italienischen Unternehmen suchen Bewerber mit Deutschkenntnissen) kostenlos an einer Hochschule in Deutschland, Österreich und in der Schweiz studieren die Berlinale besuchen, zum Oktoberfest nach München fahren oder am Karneval in Köln teilnehmen die aktuellsten wissenschaftlichen Publikationen lesen (bei wissenschaftlichen Publikationen liegt die Deutsche Sprache auf Platz 2. und 28% aller weltweit veröffentlichten Bücher sind auf Deutsch geschrieben). sich auf internationaler Ebene bewerben. Deutsch ist eine der offiziellen Sprachen der Europäischen Union und wird in vielen weiteren internationalen Organisationen verwendet

Listen to German Poetry

Rapsfeld mit Wolken

Hear a selection of poems in German by famous German poets on the four seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter!