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My reasons to Learn German ;) !

                  

  1.  Germany is the world’s second-largest exporter.
  2. The German economy ranks number one in Europe and number four worldwide. Its economy is comparable to that of all the world’s Spanish-speaking countries combined.
  3. 22 Nobel Prizes in Physics, 30 in Chemistry, and 25 in Medicine have gone to scientists from the three major German-speaking countries, while many laureates from other countries received their training in German universities. Eleven Nobel Prizes in Literature have been awarded to German-language writers, and seven Germans and Austrians have received the Peace Prize.
  4. Germans are world leaders in engineering. 
  5. German and English are similar. Many words in German sound and/or look the same as equivalent English words, because the two languages share the same “grandparent.” For example, look at these words:
    Haus = house, Buch = book, Finger = finger, Hand = hand,
    Name = name, Mutter = mother, schwimmen = to swim,
    singen = to sing, kommen = to come, blau = blue, alt = old,
    windig = windy.

 What do you think about it right now ;) ? 

Aug 9, 2016 11:34 PM
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I suppose the usefulness of the language depends partly on where you live and what your career plans are.  I took German through high school and took several courses in it in college. I greatly enjoyed learning what I learned.  However, I became a social worker in the United States.  Unfortunately, there has never been an occasion when I was able to use it, other than hearing a few lines of it in a few movies. I have not used my German in over 35 years.

Here in the U.S. we have many more Spanish speakers, we have Spanish television stations and Spanish radio stations I can listen to, and Latin American countries are much less expensive for travel.  

Both German and Spanish have many, many words that are the same as English, but also have a lot of grammatical differences.  I do not think one language is superior to the other, I think everyone just has to decide what opportunities they may have to use different languages.  Recently I started learning Spanish.  Someday I might get back to learning German, but all the facts above do not change my mind that Spanish would have been a much more useful language for me to learn when I was young.

August 10, 2016

I guess that Spanish, English, and German are all Indo-European languages, meaning that they are decently related . Spanish came from Latin, so it is a Romance language ;) . English and German are in a different branch as they are Germanic. So sure every language comes with its own set of difficulties. I would love learn spanish too ,moreover  your own view was pretty clear and i do agree with it ,and as karl marx says " From each according to his abilities ,from each according to his needs " .

August 10, 2016
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Language Skills
Arabic (Modern Standard), English, French, German, Spanish
Learning Language
German, Spanish