Being bilingual and speaking German can enhance your life in so many ways. German is one of the three most widely-taught languages in the world and one of the ten most widely spoken languages.
There’s more to the German language than just a notorious reputation for really long, compound words and unique words that can’t be translated into other languages — such as Heimat, a positive word (and very German concept) used to describe the relationship between a person and their country.
What all can you do with your bilingual skills? Here’s how you can leverage your German-speaking skills to further your life experiences.
Travel to German-Speaking Countries
Germany isn’t the only country where you can visit and speak the language. 130 million people around the world speak German as their primary language, and Germany is the most widely spoken “mother language” (and an official language) in five countries:
Germany is also an official language in Sweden and is spoken in 42 other countries around the world where German-speakers reside. Being bilingual means you can comfortably travel to several countries in the European Union (EU) and immerse yourself in the culture.
Bilingualism Changes Your Brain for the Better
Language learning is good for your brain. Brain-imaging studies have shown that bilingual speakers have denser grey matter in their brain than those that speak only one language, which is directly correlated to better language skills, memory, and attention.
Bilingual German speakers also enjoy enhanced executive function in the areas of the brain that work together in planning and problem-solving. Being bilingual from childhood is also proven to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.
Additionally, bilingual children perform better in school. Beginning in sixth grade, bilingual students tend to outperform their monolingual peers and, on average, score higher in math and science tests. This puts bilingual students at an advantage academically, which can lay the foundation for a brighter future.
Get Access to Top-Ranked Universities
Germany has been ranked third in the World University Rankings of Education, as ranked by the trusted firm Quacquarelli Symonds. Bilingual students who choose to study abroad in Germany have access to exceptional higher learning opportunities at an incredibly low cost.
Since international students must pass a language proficiency test to study in Germany, bilingual students are at an advantage. Learning German is an essential component of being admitted into and thriving in these top-notch universities.
Improve Your Job Market Competitiveness
Depending on your chosen industry, knowing German can impact your competitiveness when looking to get hired. Top companies such as BMW, Lufthansa, Volkswagen, Siemens, Bosch, and Adidas are German-based, and speaking German can improve your hireability.
Which industries value having a command of the German language? You may want to include your bilingual capabilities on your resume in the following fields:
- Medicine and health care
German is the second-most used language in science. Plus, it’s important to note that most surveyed companies in the U.S. would choose someone with German literacy over an equally-qualified candidate. It pays to speak German.
Actually, it really pays to speak German. German language learners will have an accumulated bonus earning of 125,000 euros, just because they speak the language. Germany is the largest European trading partner with the United States and other nations across the globe, and there are countless reasons why knowing German can be profitable.
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