https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DragonPolyglot

Should I go for it?

This is sort of a half-rant and half-serious question that is not based on how hard German is or whatever. I already know that German is pretty hard grammatically but it's proximity to English makes it a bit easier than other languages with the sort of grammar it has. I just kind of want to talk about my impressions and what I know and, finally, if I should make room in my studies for German.

I'm already taking up a lot of languages but I'm confident in the basics of one (Spanish) and I could get around in two others given some effort (Swedish, Italian). Most of the other ones I'm learning basic stuff or learning how to read mainly. Now, I never had much of an impression of German as a language in all honesty, even a bad one, even though I already did some of the tree. Sure, people say stuff like "It sounds so tough!" or "How strange it is!" but I was always kinda "meh" when it came to German. It sounds nice, actually. It's not a bad language. I can't really find any reason to love it or shun it either way.

I wasn't thinking about adding another language until I complete a few more trees but then I thought "German could be helpful in a few ways". Many linguistic papers are in German. Given that I want to be an anthropologist some several years in the future and eventually move to Sweden (which is geographically very close to Germany), it could be utilized more often than I may expect, both mundanely and professionally.

If I learn German I also have the added bonus of practicing it on Duolingo a lot more than some of the other languages I have taken up. I mean I am confident enough in Spanish to do the German tree from Spanish, possibly at the same time as German from English, and although this isn't a real-life advantage it's practical for enforcing basic words for longer.

Also learning a bit about German culture, it seems interesting to me in ways I didn't exactly expect. Although I could say the same for many European cultures. But in all honesty I would choose to go to Berlin over Paris or London any day. Germany seems like a really nice country with a very intriguing history overall, and supposedly my pop-pop has a lot of German ancestry.

Except for the actual features of the language (which I may change my overwhelmingly unbiased opinion about over time), what other good reasons are there to learn German pertaining to the work force, culture and travel?

August 15, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stan976113

You can speak German in the following countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein. These are very diverse and beautiful countries, albeit the last one is quite small :)

As far as business opportunities and/or academics, it's quite unbeatable after English. Most new (unique) scientific and technological papers are published in German. For instance, one of my hobbies is archaeology and I know that there are a number of important publications that still haven't been translated from German, the same could be true of Anthropology and other fields.

German speaking market is one of the most financially successful ones in the world, so it might advance your career, especially if you're going to be living in Sweden, I'm sure they conduct a lot of business with Germany.

Last but not least, it shares quite a bit not only with English but also Swedish and other Germanic languages, so knowing other Germanic languages will make it easier for you to learn German but also once you learn, you'll understand (especially knowing English and Swedish) all the other Germanic languages to some extent.

A lot of it you can literally just guess: Das wetter ist zu warm - The weather is too warm

August 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gatiquo

You have too many irons in the fire. Finish up a few of your languages before you add more.

August 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JT_the_Entity

Nice streak m8

August 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stusstrupp

Hello DragonPolyglot,

You asked:

what other good reasons are there to learn German pertaining to the work force, culture and travel?

If I may offer my two pfennige, "work force" should not be a major point when deciding about whether or not to invest the necessary time into learing a language. Job opportuinities should should be seen as an added bonus.

Imvho, the question you should ask yourself is: Do you care enough about the various German-speaking cultures (of which there are more than the German, Swiss and Austrian ones, even if those weren't enough) and about the people that talk the language to keep yourself interested? Could you appreciate their sense of humour, their sometimes bizzare literature, their often brutal, sometimes moving music? Could you find yourself interested in their history? Curious to see the country, maybe even anxiuos to visit some events?

If so, that, and your understanding how the language will open doors, will propel you along.

August 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slamRN

If you travel in Europe, if you don't find an English speaker you can always find a German speaker. This is because German's get at the least 4 weeks paid vacations and they like to travel.

Also, learning German is fun!

August 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JT_the_Entity

German is definitely easier to learn coming from English there both Germanic languages and heavily influenced by Latin.

Im learning Spanish been thinking about starting German again.

Hope that helps some its your decision so I will not tell you what to do

Nice PP (Death the Kid)

Edit. D*MN SENPAI

EDIT EDIT. I started German again

August 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JT_the_Entity

Oh and studying in Germany is hella cheap compared to US universities.

August 15, 2017
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