Some benefits, and much more!
Learning to speak German is a challenge, but it's one of the most major languages in the world, according to Wikipedia. It's, therefore, one which is very much worth learning, so that you're able to communicate with over 200 million people.
One of the best ways to absorb a language is to force yourself to speak it every day. And one of the best ways to do this is to leave yourself without any other choice. If you are 16+, we advise you to book a German course in Germany to focus on language and cultural learning. If you are a Teen, we would suggest starting with a German summer camp in Germany for example!
If you live in Germany, you'll have no option but to get a strong grip on the language. What other benefits are there of learning to speak German in Germany?
1. Learning to Speak German With Natives
They realize you're trying your best and will do all they can to help you out - and offer friendly corrections to your grammar.
It's not unusual for your textbooks to teach you one thing and for the actual use of a word to be rather different in practice. That's because language changes over time and even the meaning of words is fluid. By speaking with natives, you're getting an insight into the language's current natural state. You'll pick up how they speak, which means that you'll sound natural when you speak German too.
2. You'll Learn to Speak Idiomatically
It's often said that a language hasn't been mastered until you master its expressions. These are colloquial metaphors - in English, we might say "It's raining cats and dogs outside", which means that the rain is very heavy. But to a non-native speaker who is learning the language, that phrase sounds mad!
Once you've got the hang of idioms, you've got the language in the bag. It's the point at which you can truly communicate on a conversational level. But never be disheartened if someone says something you don't understand. It's a chance to learn something new, not a problem.
3. You'll Meet Great New People
Becoming fluent in German could open up many career paths for you, but it's not all about the work. Learning to speak German while you're in Germany will mean that you meet many people you wouldn't otherwise have met.
It's a country with an international outlook. It even actively encourages foreign students to come and spend time within its borders. Learning to speak German there is great as you won't just meet Germans. You'll meet a wide range of people from different countries and cultures who want to learn the language too.
Many people find lasting friendships with the people they meet during their German adventures. The natives' positive outlook and acceptance of other people make it a safe and fun place to learn alongside your new friends.
4. German Culture and History
Germany is well-known for its culture and history. From the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria (which inspired the iconic Disney castle), built by 'Mad' King Ludwig II. To the remnants of the Berlin Wall in its capital city. Germany has hundreds of historical palaces and monuments of historical significance just waiting for your visit. The country is also famous for its Christmas markets during the winter months.
Oh, and for those of you who are old enough, Oktoberfest remains one of the biggest and most celebrated of great beer in the world. Plus, German sausages are some of the best in the world as well. Enough said.
5. Exploring a New Country
Besides the historical man-made monuments, Germany has plenty of beautiful and interesting natural locations to visit. These include a fair number of gorgeous national parks. The Black Forest might be the most well-known of these, but get the locals' opinion on whether it's the best.
Wherever you go, always ask the locals the best place to visit in the neighborhood. It's a good ice-breaker, and you'll almost always turn up an unexpected gem.
6. Great Job and Career Opportunities
While you're still learning, you can benefit from volunteering in Germany alongside your studies or taking on a part-time job to further enhance your language skills.
Working helps develop a whole different set of language skills, as well as strengthening your ability to work with other people in a professional setting. There are other career perks in it for you if you become fluent. You can get paid more as a bilingual member of staff as a person who speaks only one language. This is because employers value the flexibility of a person who can deal with clients in more than one country. It opens up far more business opportunities!
7. Traveling in Europe
Germany is well-positioned on the map to make trips to many interesting and exciting countries. It borders France, Poland, Denmark, and the Netherlands (to name just a few of its neighbors), and the United Kingdom is just across the sea.
Austria is just to the south, and they speak the German language here too. Further north, there are more Scandinavian countries, and further south there are Italy and Spain. Trans-European rail services make all of these breathtaking countries viable for a visit.
So it's a great place to explore and further test your new language mastery.
Germany, Here I Come!
We know you might be nervous about a trip to Germany, let alone living there.
Don't worry, everyone feels this way to begin with. Once you plunge in and you're living the adventure, you'll get over the hump and learn to love your new life abroad.
We operate German schools in Berlin and Munich, offering our students the chance to immerse themselves in two vibrant and lively cities.
The Experience of studying abroad in Germany!
Germany is a land with a great history and as we mentioned before German institutions are renowned in the world for their state-of-the-art educationalfacilities and academic excellence. Learning the German language will yield further benefits in your career.
Here is what one of our happy students has to say:
"Going to another country for a year is hard, but I think it's something that people should experience. Not only do you learn another language and about a new culture, but you also learn about yourself.I met great friends, I had a great host family, and my host sister Anni is one of my best friends. This experience has led me to have a greater understanding of myself and of other people. I had such a good time in Germany that I have decided to do another exchange year there during university" (Grace Murphy, High School Program).
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