More Reasons to learn German

Benefits English Study
According to research, studying German contributes more to the mastery of English than studying any other foreign language.

Higher SAT Scores
Among students who study a foreign language, those who study German score highest on the verbal portion of the SAT, followed by those who take French, Latin, and Spanish.

Heritage
More Americans can trace their roots back to Germany than to any other country. Many persons of German descent helped shape American culture – among them Babe Ruth, Albert Einstein, Oscar Hammerstein and Levi Strauss.

Similar Vocabulary
You will be surprised to find out how closely English and German are related – many words are similar or identical. For instance: Arm, Auto, Ball, Finger, Hammer, Hand, Klasse, Lampe, Musik, Name, Radio, Ring, Telefon und Winter.

Famous People
In science and technology you will come across the work of many Germans: Bunsen, Benz, Doppler, Heisenberg, Koch, Planck, Siemens, Wankel, Roentgen and von Braun. Many famous composers are German: Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Brahms. Well-known contemporary Germans include the models Claudia Schiffer and Heidi Klum, the music groups the Scorpions and the Real McCoys, film directors Wolfgang Petersen and Roland Emmerich, and sports figures Boris Becker, Steffi Graf and Michael Stich.

Prevalence
Throughout Europe, more people speak German than either French, English or Spanish. Did you know that (according to a Harris Poll) only 20% of the world’s population speaks English?

Business Opportunities
Over 1,200 American companies have branches in Germany, among them Kodak, GM (Opel), Ford, IBM, Disney, and McDonald’s.

Germany’s economy
Is the third largest in the world, and is larger than that of all the Spanish-speaking countries combined. Direct investment by Germany in the United States is over ten billion dollars.

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