German has the largest number of native speakers in the European Union (far more than English, Spanish, or French).It is among the ten most commonly spoken languages in the world. It is also a lingua franca of Central and Eastern Europe. German is the official language in Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein. It’s also one of the official languages of Switzerland and Luxembourg.
English and German are related, there are number of similarities that may make it easier to learn. Speaking and understanding German will improve your knowledge of the culture and your employment opportunities. Maybe you want to travel to Deutschland or study there because although German is sometimes considered to be one of the more difficult languages.
And there are some other facts about German you might be interested in knowing. In no particular order, here are some of the numbers about German:
- German is the most widely spoken native language in the EU.
- Germany boasts a 99% literacy rate.
- German belongs to the three most learned languages in the world as well as the ten most widely spoken languages in the world.
- German is among the top five most widely used languages on the Internet.
- One fourth of the tourists in the U.S. are German speaking
- Germany is the second most popular European destination for American tourists.
- German is the official language in seven countries (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, as well as parts of Italy and Belgium).
- German is spoken by over 100 million people worldwide.
- With 22 %, German-Americans represent the largest ethnic group in America today (according to the 1990 Census). Some prominent examples include Albert Einstein, Levi Strauss, Henry Kissinger, and Wernher von Braun.
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Can understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and very simple sentences, which relate to the satisfying of concrete needs. Can introduce him/herself and others as well as ask others about themselves – e.g. where they live, who they know and what they own – and can respond to questions of this nature. Can communicate in a simple manner if the person they are speaking to speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to help.
Can understand sentences and commonly used expressions associated with topics directly related to his/her direct circumstances (e.g. personal information or information about his/her family, shopping, work, immediate surroundings). Can make him/herself understood in simple, routine situations dealing with a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and common topics. Can describe his/her background and education, immediate surroundings and other things associated with immediate needs in a simple way.
Can understand the main points when clear, standard language is used and the focus is on familiar topics associated with work, school, leisure time, etc. Can deal with most situations typically encountered when travelling in the language region. Can express him/herself simply and coherently regarding familiar topics and areas of personal interest. Can report on experiences and events, describe dreams, hopes and goals as well as make short statements to justify or explain his/her own views and plans.
Can understand the main contents of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics; also understands specialized discussions in his/her own primary area of specialization. Can communicate so spontaneously and fluently that a normal conversation with native speakers is easily possible without a great deal of effort on either side. Can express him/herself on a wide range of topics in a clear and detailed manner, explain his/her position on a current issue and indicate the benefits and drawbacks of various options.
Can understand a wide range of challenging, longer texts and also grasp implicit meanings. Can express him/herself spontaneously and fluently without having to search for words frequently and noticeably. Can use the language effectively and flexibly in his/her social and professional life or in training and studies. Can make clear, structured and detailed statements on complex topics and apply various means of text association appropriately in the process.
Can effortlessly understand practically everything which he/she reads or hears. Can summarize information from various written and spoken sources, logically recounting the reasons and explanations. Can express him/herself spontaneously with high fluency and precision and also make finer nuances of meaning clear in more complex topics.
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