- September 2013
- Posted By JohnnyG
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German lessons at the Brisbane Language Institute are one of the most popular programs for good reasons. The German language is not only one of the easiest to learn but it is also one of the most useful considering that it is a widely-spoken language in government, business and global society.
Such is the popularity of the German language that it is the third most taught foreign language in English-speaking countries including Australia. The first two languages are French and Spanish, both of which are obviously European languages.
The German language has an estimated 95 to 100 million native speakers in many of the richest countries in the world including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, and Lichtenstein. In fact, it is considered as an official language in these countries, thus, reinforcing its place in the history, culture and society of Europe.
Did you know that many non-native German speakers are encouraged to take up german lessons for employment purposes in the European Union agencies? This is because German is the most widely spoken first language in the prestigious organization of European countries. The ability to speak German fluently will then be a plus in terms of personal and professional development here.
In Australia, an estimated 110,000 individuals are considered as native speakers – and we can expect the number to grow for non-native speakers with an increasing number of individuals enrolling in the German language program at the Brisbane Language Institute.
Aside from being one of the official languages of the European Union as well as one of three working languages of the European Commission – the other two are English and French – the German language has a global importance beyond Europe. Australians who then successfully complete their German lessons have an advantage because of their fluency in a language used by:
• People in far-flung areas of the world. It is not only the European countries of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg that speak German but also signification portions of the population in other countries like Italy, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Poland, Russia, Romania and the Czech Republic. In a survey of citizens in countries of the European Union, almost one-third asserted working fluency in the German language.
• Internet users. German is the seventh most widely used language among Internet users. With over 8 million domains, the country’s “.de” extension is the second-largest extension online with the extension “.com” being the first.
• Literary giants. Think of reading great works of literature from authors like Lessing, Goethe, Kleist, Hoffmann, Gerhart Hauptmann, Heinrich Böll, and Herta Müller in their original language, thanks to German lessons at the Brisbane Language Institute. Think of the operas in the German language that can be enjoyed with nothing lost in the translation, among other leisurely pursuits.
Suffice it to say that learning the German language and, in due time, speaking it fluently will expand your personal and professional horizons in ways that being monolingual cannot do. Start speaking German and becoming multilingual in just a few months and you can start on a life-changing experience.
Before enrolling in German lessons, it pays to have background information about the language itself. You will then not have culture shock – or language shock, to be exact – when you start on your first foreign language lesson.
Fortunately for English-speaking students, the German language is written using the standard 26-letter Latin alphabet (A to Z in both small and capital letters). It has additions, nonetheless – the letter ß and the three vowels with umlauts (Ä/ä, Ö/ö, and Ü/ü)
In the course of your German lessons at the Brisbane Language Institute, you will observe several differences between German and English. The most notable of these differences are:
• Word order
• Broad use of inflectional endings in German such as the inflection on verbs to highlight person, number and mood
• Frequent use of subjunctive
• Four cases in the declensional scheme, namely, nominative, genitive, accusative, and dative
• Extensive use of lengthy compound words that, in English, would be stated in at least 3 separate words
A certain level of shift in mental processes may also be necessary during German lessons. Keep in mind that a closer relationship exists between spelling and pronunciation in the German language than in the English language.
All in all, learning the German language through formal foreign language instruction at excellent schools like the Brisbane Language Institute should be easy, productive and fun when you pour the right amount of time, effort and energy into the lessons.
Good Things About Learning German
When you have successfully completed your German lessons and you can speak the language in a fluent manner – or at least, in the desired level like beginner, intermediate and advanced – you are most likely to realize the full importance of your new found language skill. What are the good things that can come about with your ability to speak German like a native speaker?
• Create business and employment opportunities
Many of the well-known international companies including BMW, Siemens, Daimler, Lufthansa, Bosch, and Infineon are German organizations. These corporations maintain offices around the world with a distinctly German culture of punctuality and precision, which your German lessons will give an inkling of. Speaking the language will certainly open the doors of opportunities for employment in these companies.
During business transactions, your ability to read and speak German will also come in handy. Keep in mind that German businessmen give great value to precision via thorough record-keeping systems so providing them with formal write-ups like meeting notes and contracts in their native language as well as speaking to them in German will aid in smoother transactions.
• Participate in cultural, political and technological events and discussions related to Germany
Many of the concepts in German regarding their society, culture and politics as well as technology cannot be expressed in English with a single word, which compound words can in a single word. Your ability to speak German will definitely aid in your ability to engage in meaningful conversations with your German-speaking friends on these issues.
Furthermore, just imagine the possibilities of travelling to new places, meeting new people, and enjoying new experiences with new found language skills, thanks to your German lessons! And we are not just talking about meeting people in German-speaking countries but also interacting with the millions of individuals on the German Internet domain as well.