Language learning has risen greatly in popularity in the past few years and India has been no stranger to the trend. The rise in popularity could be because of several different reasons but this does not take away from the fact that learning a new language is a very rewarding activity to engage in.
From the mental abilities it provides to the career opportunities it opens up, language learning has a lot going for it and it is no wonder that more people are trying their hands at it.
In every learner’s journey to mastering a new language there comes a time when they must select what language they must learn. With over 7000 languages in the world to choose from, it is no wonder that this decision confuses many.
We intend to make that choice easier for you. In this article, we discuss five great benefits of choosing to learn German in India.
1. German is a popular language in India
In India, German is the second most popular language with over 200000 learners across the country.
A major reason for this might be the fact that German studies in India are over a century old, having started off in Pune and Mumbai in 1914. Several centres for learning German called the Max Mueller Bhavan have also been opened over the years.
All this goes to show that there is a large, growing community around the community and choosing to learn the language can expose you to new people and become a fun, interactive process.
2. Opens up job opportunities
Germany is the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. The country is also home to some of the top companies in the world such as SAP, BMW, Mercedes-Benz Group and so on.
All this has led to German being considered on of the best languages to learn for business as it opens up so many business opportunities to you.
Germany itself is also a great place to work. Boasting a great work-life balance, several benefits and a high standard of living, Germany is a dream destination to work at for many.
With over 1.6% of all websites being of the ‘.de’ extension and many more German websites with other extensions, the online presence of the country is quite strong.
Since so many websites are in German, it gives someone who knows the language access to vast stores of knowledge and possible opportunities.
3. Study Abroad Opportunities
Germany is a great location for education as world class education is available in the country.
German universities are acclaimed all over the world and the German cities of Munich and Berlin are the second and fifth best student cities in the world.
The country offers various courses ranging from bachelor’s degrees in different fields to post-doctoral programs. They also provide scholarships to Indian Students and opportunities such as DAAD WISE.
While many of these courses may be in English, several others are also in German. For these your German learning would come in quite handy.
Some attractive features of education in Germany are free education in public universities, a globally acclaimed Apprentice model for skilled jobs called the Ausbildung and so on.
German students can earn while they study and the large number of companies in the country lead to great job prospects for graduates.
If you are interested in more advantages of learning German specifically for Education or career do check out our other article.
4. Science and the Arts
Another great reason to learn the language is because of the rich culture of the region. From Musicians like Beethoven and Mozart to scientists like Einstein and Planck, Germany has been home to some of the greatest minds in the fields of science and arts.
Learning the language will no doubt offer an insight into the original works of these great minds and their culture.
Over a hundred noble prizes in various fields have been won by Germany over the years. Germany, is one of the most innovative nations in the world and not only has many scientists of their own, but also provide fellowships to researchers of other nations.
This rich culture combined with great innovation in science and technology makes Germany a storehouse of knowledge in a diverse range of topics. All this knowledge can be accessed on mastering the German language.
5. German is not as difficult as it is made out to be
The final reason that one would have to point out in favour of learning the language is the fact that the language itself is not as hard to learn as it is made out to be.
German is a sister language to English, both being West Germanic languages. Thus, they both share several different words.Words like hello, apple, photo and so on are, in fact, quite similar to their German counterparts’ halo, apfel, foto and so on.
This along with similarities like both using Latin alphabet and Arabic numerals will make the transition to this new language simpler.
As you might have seen, there is much to gain from learning German and getting started on the language would prove a worthy investment of anyone’s time.
Although the language may seem hard at first glance, clear goals and a focused plan can easily help carry you through this journey and you too could reap all these benefits.