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Last time I talked about some general numbers, precisely how many people in the world speak German and where it is an official language.
Today I would like to go into more detail and talk about some countries where speaking German might be particularly helpful either to live or to do business with.
Today I would like to share a resource site called “Make it in Germany” with you. The portal is specifically aimed at skilled professionals who are looking into the possibility of relocating to Germany and run by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
That said, I find the site contains enough useful information to recommend to expats or people generally interested in learning about life and work in Germany as well.
Picture postcard of the Berliner Stadtschloss around 1913. Click here to see how it looks today.
First published on Fair Languages.
Reading how many or better put how few British students took their A levels in German this year, I thought I’d start a series of posts giving some good reasons why studying German might be useful and to do away with some popular but false stereotypes such as German is fairly complicated and difficult to learn.
This also goes along with my new podcast on Fair Languages, German Hacks, in which I share some quick and dirty strategies of how to hack the German language.
So today, let’s talk about numbers!
There is a saying that describes the relationship between Germany and France pretty well.
Die Deutschen lieben Frankreich, bewundern es aber nicht. Die Franzosen bewundern Deutschland, lieben es aber nicht.
The Germans love France but don’t admire it, the French admire Germany but don’t love it.
A tweet of French communist politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon in response to Angela Merkel’s criticism on how France and Italy are handling their economies is pretty telling.
Maul zu, Frau #Merkel ! Frankreich ist frei. Occupez-vous de vos pauvres et de vos équipements en ruines !