About German World

Often heard people saying that learning German language is hard??
Well, that’s just a myth. Learning any language takes time and commitment. It is same with German as well.

Facts about German Language

  • German is spoken by more than 120 million people in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland and in parts of Belgium, Northern Italy and Eastern France. It is a key language in the European Union and the new economies of Central and Eastern Europe.
  • German has also become the official language of the USA. It is the second most spoken language in Europe.
  • German is called the language of investors and innovators. The first book was printed in German. From Gutenberg’s printing press to Hertz’ discovery of electromagnet, from Ehrlich’s development of Chemotherapy to Einstein’s theory of relativity, to Brandenburg’s creation of MP3 digital music format, throughout history Germans have proven time and again to be great inventors.
  • German words can have three genders: masculine, feminine, and neuter. Most languages only have either masculine or feminine.
  • German and English are sister languages. Both languages belong to the same language family tree, i.e., the west Germanic language family. When, English speakers learn German, they will have the consolation of finding a lot of words that are similar in both languages. Be careful though, there are some sneaky words that look and sound the same but have totally different meanings. For example, The German word ‘’gift’’ means poison, nothing like the present or blessing it is used to describe in English,also the word kind in English means nice but in German with a capital letter at the beginning i.e., Kind means child. These kinds of words are called False Friends. So be careful with so called ‘’false friends’’ they can quickly lead you to the wrong track.
  • German is quite an interesting language. If you ever pick up a German newspaper, you might be confused to see large bodies of texts permeated by long words written in capital letters. That’s because all nouns in German are written with capital letters, and no it is not optional.
  • German boasts words that simply don’t exist in English. One of the best features of the German language is its knack for creating new, hyper-specific words that express life more perfectly than any English word ever could. For example, Schadenfreude describes the happiness derived from somebody else’s misfortune, injury or pain.Torschlusspanikperfectly sums up the fear which creeps in with age and a realisation that time is slipping away, evoking a sense of urgency to achieve or do something before it’s too late. There are many more words like this.
  • There are thirty-five dialects of the German language. Dialect changes drastically depending on where you are. Wherever you go in Germany, you’ll be faced with a specific dialect that your high school German class probably hasn’t prepared you for. The Bavarian accent and dialect for example, has even been joked about as the‘German that even Germany doesn’t understand.

Facts about the country of poets and thinkers i.e., Germany

  • It is said that Germany is the country of poets and thinkers- Das Land der Dichter und Denker. The great Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust is considered one of Germany’s greatest national treasures. Some of the other notable thinkers are Kant, Marx, Humboldt and Nietzsche. A large percentage of world’s most impressive achievements were conceived of in German.
  • Germany shares its borders with nine other countries. They are Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
  • 65% of the highways in Germany have no speed limit.
  • The capital of Germany i.e., Berlin has the largest train station in Europe and Berlin is 9 times bigger than Paris and has more bridges than Venice.
  • The biggest Beer Festival in the world is the Oktoberfest in Munich, Bavaria, where the size of the beer glass is not 500ml but a whole liter!
  • To get ONE beer in Germany, you show your thumb. To show your first finger means that you want 2 beers: one with the thumb, and one with the finger.
  • There are over 300 different kinds of bread and over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.
  • In Germany there’s no punishment for a prisoner who tries to escape from jail, because it is a basic human instinct to be free.

German Culture Facts

  • Germans like their privacy. Don’t greet someone with a hug unless you are close friends and stay at least an arm’s distance or more away when having a conversation with another person.German culture stresses privacy, structure, and being punctual. As a culture the German people tend to prize perfectionism and precision, and can sometimes appear to be unfriendly.
  • German music culture has produced many famous classical composers including Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Handel, Johann Strauss II, Wagner, and many more.Germany's music culture is considered to be the world's third largest producing acts such as Rammstein, Scorpions, and Tokio Hotel.
  • Literature in the German culture dates back to the Middle Ages with authors such as Wolfram von Eschenbach. The fairy tales of the brothers Grimm date back to the 1800s in Germany.
  • Germany's architecture includes Ottonian and Carolingian styles as well as Renaissance, Baroque, and Gothic.
  • In the German culture, traditional food is very rich. The most commonly eaten meat is pork, while sausage such as bratwurst is also popular. Cabbage, potatoes, and sauerkraut are very common foods as well.

Perks of learning German

  • German language opens many doors. You can study and work in Germany. In Germany you can study free of cost. There is Free-tuition education in most of the German universities.
  • Also, you can achieve great job opportunities, So, break the language barrier and chase your dreams!
  • Learning German gives you the opportunity to appreciate the masterpieces of great German artists like Goethe, Kafka, Brecht, Mozart etc. in their original form. These artists have been promoting German culture andtraditions from a wide perspective. It lets you tap into parts of the world's cultural heritage in a direct and unfiltered manner. Goethe’s Faust alone, which is written completely in rhyme form, is well worth the effort. Wouldn’t it be cool to pick up some of your favourite works in German and discover the true meaning of the original text for yourself?
  • The trend for learning foreign Languages is growing at a very fast pace. From school kids to professionals these languages are attracting everyone since after learning them you can have further studying and promising career opportunities. Just after completing B1 certification in any of these Languages, you can get an amazing job with a good salary package in Banks, MNC’s, Tourism Industry. And doing one level ahead you can grab many more opportunities. You can work as a language teacher/ trainer in reputed schools/ universities, embassies or companies after you have completed B2 certification in these languages.

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