“A person who has not studied German can form no idea of what a perplexing language it is. […] surely there is not another language that is so slipshod and systemless, and so slippery and elusive to the grasp.”
– Mark Twain, “The Awful German Language”
There are good reasons why the German language is a good investment. Not just from a linguistic point of view, but also in terms of economic opportunity, networking potential and cultural gain.
German is a worthwhile choice.
So whether you are still on the fence about giving the language a try or if you are already a student of German and looking for reassurance that you are not wasting your time, read on to find out why learning German is a good idea.
German is easy to acquire
If you are an English speaker, you are actually already quite advantaged.
This is because German and English share the same Germanic root. Consequently, there are many thousands of words which are closely related known as “cognates.” For example, the English chin is Kinn in German. Water becomes Wasser and father turns into Vater. Not so hard after all, is it?
Furthermore, unlike Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, or Arabic, there is no new alphabet to learn, only a few letters to add. If you already know Latin script (and if you do not, I am incredibly amazed you have been following the article this far) the only new arrivals will be the umlauts ä, öand ü as well as ß which is just a fancy German s...