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With 100 million native speakers worldwide, and around the same amount of people learning it at any one time, German is rightly regarded as a ‘global language’. As the official language of both the Holy Roman Empire and the sprawling Austro-Hungarian Empire, it was widely spoken across Europe for centuries and long served as a lingua franca between peoples of all nationalities. Today, the German diaspora covers all inhabited continents, so you’ll find the language spoken everywhere. Because of its prestige, students across Europe and America learn German in school and, as such, skills in the language are highly sought-after by employers across the Western world. It’s also one of the most-commonly-used languages on the Internet, and the second most-commonly-used language in the scientific community.
Our German courses take place in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, where the majority of native speakers live. This gives you maximum language exposure, allowing you to practice with the locals and make as much progress as possible during the time you have available. You’ll also learn about Germanic history and culture on the activity programmes, and see the sights of some of Europe’s key cities.
For all its reputation as a strict and complex language - it has four noun cases, three genders, and two grammatical numbers, as well as strong and weak verbs, after all! - German is also amazingly flexible. Unlike many other languages, German can describe new and complicated ideas with the creation of compound nouns, like the mind-bending Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz (it’s a word for a specific law about beef labelling!). Though at first this may seem daunting, it’s actually indicative of the adaptability of German. It’s also a hugely diverse language, with many living dialects. These date back to at least the fourth and fifth centuries, when hundreds of disparate and independent Germanic tribes roamed Europe, all speaking their own languages. Vestiges of these forms remain in the dialects found across Germany today. When you attend one of our German courses, you’ll study standard as well as dialectal German, giving you a well-rounded understanding of the language and its modern usage.
Though most native German speakers (around 87%) live in or around Germany - where our schools are located - the language has spread far and wide. There are now German-speaking communities across the world so, if you learn German, you’ll be able to communicate not just with Europeans and Americans but also with people from Kazakhstan, Namibia, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil! German truly is a global language, and learning it will open a wide range of possibilities for you.
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