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Why German?

At many American colleges and universities, German is the world language required most often. According to their statistics, at the University of California, for example:
- 56 majors require or recommend German,
- 43 majors require or recommend French,
- 21 majors require or recommend Spanish,
- 7 majors require or recommend Japanese.

Among the many academic programs requiring or recommending German are: Anatomy, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Studies, Genetics, Linguistics, Logic and Methodology of Science, Molecular Biology, Music, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Physical Science, Physics, Physiology, Religious Studies, Zoology.

Just compare:
English: You can learn.
German: Du kannst lernen.
French: Tu peux apprendre.
Spanish: Tu puedes aprender.
Japanese: Manaberu.

German is the most widely spoken language in Europe.

- About 120 million people call German their native tongue, with an estimated 80 million people claiming German as their second language

- German is spoken in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein and in some parts of France, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, and Russia

- Of the commonly taught languages in the US, German is the most closely related to English - they are both West-Germanic languages (as well as Dutch). Therefore many German words and sentences are easy to understand for native English speakers

- More than 60 million Americans are at least partly of German heritage (17.1% of our country claim to be German-Americans)

- Many Americans speak German, including: Former-President Bill Clinton and his daughter Chelsea, statesman Henry Kissinger, General John Shalikashvili, Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hollywood stars Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio, opera singer Jessye Norman, architect Philip Johnson, TV stars Susan Lucchi and Eric Braeden, and fashionista Heidi Klum

- Over 14 million people are learning to speak German at any given time

German4U Brochure (from AATG)
Counselors Guide to German Brochure (from AATG)

Information for this site are provided by the Goethe Institut and http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~berlin/why_learn_german.htm#4a.