German Language

With more than 120 million people speaking German in 8 countries around the world, it is hardly surprising that the actual usage of the German language varies. Like English, German is a pluricentric language with three main areas of usage: Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

What is standard German?
Historically and linguistically, standard German is a mixture of Middle German and High German (i.e. most Austrian dialects). It did not develop out of one regional dialect but was artificially created by poets, philosophers and scholars.

Why learn German?

Good reasons for learning German:

Communication
German is spoken by more than 120 million people in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland, and in parts of Belgium, Northern Italy and Eastern France.

Business
German is a key language in the European Union and the new economies of Central and Eastern Europe. Learning German improves your chances of success on the job market. For work in a German speaking country basic German language knowledge (Start German – A1) is required.

Culture
German is one of the most important cultural languages. It was spoken and written by Goethe, Mozart, Beethoven, Freud, Klimt and Einstein, and numerous other great artists and scientists. Today, 10% of all books published world wide are in German language.

Study
For a high-quality study a large number of institutions of higher education in German speaking countries provide a wide range of courses to choose from. In order to study in a German speaking country, basic knowledge of German language (Start German – A1) is required. It is recommended that before entering Germany upscale language skills (A2 or higher) to acquire.

Au-Pair
A job as an Au-Pair in German speaking countries is a great way to learn the culture and improve German language skills significantly. To work as an Au-Pair, one must be at least 18 and not more than 24 years of age. The duration of the Au-Pair relationship must be at least 6 months and at most 1 year. In the host family must be at least one minor. Au-Pair and host family may not be related. For an Au-Pair visa basic knowledge of German language (start German – A1) is required.

Marriage and Family
To get married in Germany or Austria or to enter after the marriage to live there one need a Marriage Visa or a Family Reunion Visa. In both cases, basic knowledge of German language (Start German – A1) is required.

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