Over 100 million people worldwide speak German as either a first or second language. It is the official language of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and South Tyrol (Italy) and is among the ten most widely spoken languages in the world. It is also spoken in Luxemboug and Belgium and is a major world language. In the United States and Europe, German is the third most widely taught foreign language.
German is the language of science and engineering. About one fifth of all scientific books are published in German. Over 90 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry, Physics and Medicine have been awarded to scientists from German-speaking countries – and many foreign scientists and engineers are trained in German universities. Knowing how to speak German is advantageous for anyone working in engineering or science. If that's not proof enough of the importance of German, did you know that nearly 70% of Japanese students study German? It's that important of a language.
Learning German is a huge advantage for your career. Germany has one of the strongest economies in the world and is the economic powerhouse of the European Union. Germany's economy is as big as the combined economies of every Spanish-speaking country in the world. Want to position yourself for a career in international business? If so, Germany is a great second language to learn. Even domestic firms seek professionals who can communicate with their German clients, vendors and employees.
If you already speak English, then German won't be that hard to pick up. German and English have many similarities. Because these two langauges have a common "grandparent", many German words look and sound like ther English counterparts. For example the German word for "house" is "haus"; for "book", "buch"; for "mother", "mutter", for "blue", "blau", etc. If you've mastered English, you can master German too!
The guides and tutorials below are designed for beginning to intermediate German speakers. Spend just a few minutes a day studying our guides and you'll be speaking German in no time.
German for Travelers