• Why Learn German ?

    Counselors' Guide to German

    Top reasons why you should learn German:

    Approximately ¼ of Americans have German ancestry !  


    Learning German is easier than you think – English is a Germanic language and you will easily recognize many words!


    Learning German will improve your English language skills!


    The Council Rock German American Partnership Program!   (see German Exchange link!)



    An important language for communication in Europe

                Anyone who can speak German can easily communicate with around 100 million people in their own language for German is not only spoken in Germany but also in Austria, in large parts of Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg as well as areas of Northern Italy, Eastern Belgium and Eastern France. Alongside Russian, German is the most frequently spoken native language in Europe and is one of the ten most frequently spoken languages in the World.


     Experience Germany in more depth

                Each year millions of tourists from all over the world visit Germany which lies in

    the 'heart of Europe'. Being able to speak and understand German means you to

    get to know the Germans better and gain a deeper insight into their history and



         * *  Did you know?  Since 1984 Council Rock School District has participated in an

    exchange called the German-American Partnership Program!  CR students of German host a student from our partner school in Ulm, Germany during their spring visit and, in turn, may travel to Germany in the summer to experience German culture first-hand! 


         Doing business with Germans

                Germany is the United States’ third largest trade partner with more than 1100

    German-speaking companies’ subsidiaries.  More than 750 American companies

    do business in Germany.


    A knowledge of German improves your chances in the job market of the 21st

    century. Many German companies abroad, many foreign companies in Germany and companies with close business connections with the German-speaking countries all look to recruit workers with language qualifications. Within the European Union it is not only specialists, but also students and scientists, with a knowledge of German who can find many interesting training, study and job opportunities.


    Germany is the most important trade partner for almost all European and many

    non-European countries. The ability to speak German improves business

    relationships with partners in the third largest industrial nation and one of the

    most important exporting countries in the world. A knowledge of German is a big

    advantage in business, as negotiations in a third language can easily lead to

    misunderstandings with costly consequences.


         Scientific progress

                A knowledge of German is very important for scientists and students as German

    is in second place in field of scientific publications. If you can read German, you

    have access to a whole world of research findings in all areas of modern science.

                This is why 40% of Scientists in the USA recommend their students to learn

    German. In Poland and Hungary the figure is over 70%.


         Experiencing success

                Learning and speaking German is no harder than English, French or Spanish.

    Thanks to modern communicative teaching methods it is possible to achieve a

    high level of communication skills in a very short time.


         Advantages for tourism

                In many countries, visitors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland make up the

    largest and most important tourist groups. A knowledge of German is therefore a

    great advantage for many people working in the tourist industry.


        German prepares you for Europe

    A knowledge of foreign languages always broadens both your intellectual and

    professional horizons. Those who learn German gain access to an

                important intellectual, economic and culturally historic area of Central Europe.


         German:  language of culture

                A knowledge of German opens the door to the birthplace of one of the greatest

    cultures in Europe, for German is the language of Goethe, Nietzsche and Kafka,

    Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, Freud and Einstein.

                Anyone interested in literature cannot avoid German. Over 60,000 new books are

    published in Germany each year, equivalent to 18% of books published world-wide, making German the third largest publisher of books in the world.  Translations can never fully reproduce the cultural depth of German literature.