German is not the easiest language in the world. But there is no reason why it is not worth learning it! Especially if you are preparing for a stay in Germany, for example in order to study there, to see friends or family or to visit this beautiful country.
With the campaign “German – Language of Ideas” Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle aims to promote learning German as a foreign language abroad. Minister of State Pieper introduced the campaign at the Federal Foreign Office. German is the most widely spoken language in Europe. Nearly 15 million people speak and learn German as a foreign language. However, in recent years there has been a decline in the number of people learning German. Pieper called this trend an “alarming sign” that the German Government was determined to counter. After all, language was a foundation for establishing good relations between countries.
German is the second foreign language in the European Union (EU) and when it comes to the 90 million people whose mother tongue is German, it is actually in first place. It is also officially recognised as a minority language in eight countries
Does this then mean we should not worry about the status of the German language in Europe? The answer unfortunately is - yes, we should be concerned, as the German language plays only a minor role in the institutions of the EU.
German – A Language Learned all over the World
In Harare you have two options for learning German: You can enroll for a language course at the Zimbabwe-German Society (ZGS) or send your child to the German School Society.
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