I thought I would put together a little post about something I rather like - that being German and Germany. Since I have decided to do a degree in English Lit and German, I often have to tell people that I am learning German and, as there are only 4 people in my class, it is evident that it's not a language us Brits are mad for. Whenever I tell people I study German and am planning to do my degree in it, they usually look an bit dumbfounded and some even say 'why?!' so I decided to put together this post to try to dissolve some of the misconceptions you may have about German.
- It is in the same language family as English and many English words are derived from German
- It is the language of science, philosophy, theology and much more
- Most of 20th century theology is written in German
- German was the first language the Bible was translated into outside of Latin, Greek etc.
- The Protestant movement began in Germany
- Einstein, Beethoven, Mozart, Marx, Kant and Freud all spoke German
- German has the largest number of native speakers in the EU
- Sandra Bullock and Sarah Chalke can speak German
- Few people in the UK learn German
- It is a complicated language so employers will see your dedication and skill
- It is a very beautiful country with great Christmas markets
- Their cakes are amazing
- It's not so harsh a language as you think
- German people, in my experience, are very friendly
- Black Forest Gateau was invented there
- They have very good words which we don't have equivalents to in English
- Most of the fairy tales you know are from Germany
If you enjoyed this post then be sure to go and check out Easy German on Youtube which is amazing and shares videos of talking to random people on the streets of Germany.
And Melilitona for German Disney songs translated (too cool).