is german an important language to learn?

November 27, 2008 by  

compared to portuguese or Italian? I am fluent in English, French, and Spanish and was wandering whether I should learn German or not. Im planning on become a doctor, being in research, or chemist. which language is more important globally in this case? I was thinking portuguese would be good since 200 million speak it but only in brazil,portugal, and 2 african countries. I need help!

NO! There is no reason to learn German. 99% of all germans speak English. There's no reason to learn that language (even if it sounds cool)


7 Responses to “is german an important language to learn?”

  1. Cristian Mocanu on November 27th, 2008 2:16 pm

    I should think so, yes! It's the language of the biggest country in the European Union, and a lot of research in many scientific fields is published first-hand in German. Good luck!
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  2. emagidson on November 27th, 2008 2:26 pm

    port is much more of a world languge.

    German is cool but exotic — everything technical and medical is now in english as standard language — it USED TO BE that a lot of medical and pharma and bio-chemical research was only in German but tthat was long long ago.

    Stick to the languages that your PATIENTS will use. por spanish and chinese
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  3. ovcichka on November 27th, 2008 2:37 pm

    well, since you already speak english, french and spanish, yup, i think german would nice. or maybe you can choose some slavic language, ha?

    anyway good luck
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  4. la_titnahad on November 27th, 2008 3:14 pm

    Yes, it's huge in Europe and used in business.
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    Many college level German classes.

  5. Trump on November 27th, 2008 3:56 pm

    NO! There is no reason to learn German. 99% of all germans speak English. There's no reason to learn that language (even if it sounds cool)
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  6. Tristan - learning german on January 29th, 2009 12:52 pm

    It is very important to learn German, especially if you are married to an Austrian ;-) I agree with Trump to a point that every one in Europe (except the French) can speak pretty good english, but if you want to communicate on a level past your basic day to day stuff, then you need to speak the language well.

  7. Julian on May 12th, 2009 5:23 pm

    Sure, learn German!

    Since you are a doctor (chemistry etc.) I highly recommend German. It is simply an important language in science.
    Furthermore, German has got a high prestige I think (at least in Europe).

    I personally dont think that 99% of all germans speak English… though it would be good.
    and dont forget that german is not only the language of germany… it is used as official tongue in Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol/Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg and Belgium. and dont forget countries like romania, poland, brazil and namibia!

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