Why German ?|
Through this page, we want to inform you about very basics of German language and provide you with some cool materials and links where you can learn a bit of german. Before we begin, let us be clear about the terms German and Germany first.
It is really odd that most of nepalese (also "well-qualified") mix up these terms without any hesitation. Please commit it to your memory:
German = People of Germany or Language spoken in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein, Belgium, Luxembourg and Italy(only Trentino-S?dtirol Province) as official language (also Official language of EU).
Germany = Country in western Europe (polit.), in central Europe (geog.) = Federal republic of Germany.
It is not rare that we receive emails, which read somthing like: "I want to come to German to study Physics in Germany language." - Well, this mistake has probably its cause in the terms Nepal and Nepali, so that people think it is similar to German and Germany. Anyway, please learn it, for your sake !
At the right column, there are many important links, so please do browse them. And should you need help lerning German, you can always joing us in our Forum (Language section).
The German language belongs to West Germanic language family and is one of the world's major languages. German is closely related to and classified alongside English and Dutch. Around the world, German is spoken by more than 105 million native speakers and also more than 80 million non-native speakers, it is mostly spoken language in Europe and Standard German is widely taught in schools and universities in Europe.
Did you know ? the United States has the largest concentration of German speakers outside of Europe ? Here one lively example texas german.
During the 19th and 20th centuries, Germany was leading in the sciences ? particularly in physics, chemistry and sociology, winning many Nobel Prizes ? and the language was also used in international business and politics. Since 1933, the politics of Nazi Germany caused the emigration of many scientists like Albert Einstein, or artists like Marlene Dietrich, mainly to the US, thus American English took over in these fields after 1945.
In some academic disciplines, most notably philosophy and theology, a reading knowledge of German is still considered essential and required of doctoral candidates by some universities all over the world, not just those in Europe.