About Germany (Deutschland) and German Language :
Germany is one of the Europe’s largest countries. It is a member of the European Union. Germany has the biggest economy in Europe. It exports everything from vehicles and machines, to chemical products and metals. One-third of Germany is still covered in forests and woodlands.
Germany is in Western and Central Europe, bordering Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria to the southeast, and Switzerland to the south-southwest. France, Luxembourg and Belgium are situated to the west, with the Netherlands to the northwest.
Capital: Berlin is the capital and chief urban center of Germany.
Flag: The flag of Germany is a tri colour consisting of three equal horizontal bands displaying the national colours of Germany: black, red, and gold.
Population: 8.3 crores as per 2019 with a population growth rate of 0.3% annual change (2019).
Climate : Germany’s climate is moderate and has generally no longer periods of cold or hot weather. Northwestern and coastal Germany have a maritime influenced climate which is characterized by warm summers and mild cloudy winters.
Currency: The currency in Germany is Euro (€)
Fun and Interesting facts About Germany :
- 65% of the highways in Germany (Autobahn) have no speed limit.
- University is free for everyone (even non-Germans).
- There are over 2100 castles in Germany.
- There are over 1,500 different beers in Germany.
- Germany is one of the world’s largest car producers.
- The first printed book was in German.
- Germany was the first country in the world to adopt Daylight saving time.
- There are over 300 different kinds of bread in Germany.
- There are over 1,000 kinds of sausages in Germany.
- The Christmas tree (Tannenbaum) tradition came from Germany.
- Germany has over 400 zoos, the most in the world.
- Most taxis in Germany are Mercedes.
- In Germany there’s no punishment for a prisoner who tries to escape from jail, because it is a basic human instinct to be free.
Why Study German Language:
- Germany is the world’s second-largest exporter.
- The German economy ranks number one in Europe and number four worldwide.
- Germany is home to numerous international corporations.
- Direct investment by Germany in the United States is over ten billion dollars.
- German has the largest number of native speakers in the European Union .
- German is among the ten most commonly spoken languages in the world.
- There are thirty-five dialects of the German language.
- 22 Nobel Prizes in Physics, 30 in Chemistry, and 25 in Medicine have gone to scientists from the three major German-speaking countries, while many laureates from other countries received their training in German universities. Eleven Nobel Prizes in Literature have been awarded to German-language writers, and seven Germans and Austrians have received the Peace Prize.
- Germans are world leaders in engineering.
- German is the second most commonly used scientific language in the world.
- 18% of the world’s books are published in German, and relatively few of these ever appear in English translation.
- German is the gateway to a world-class higher education.
- Many of the Western world’s most important works of philosophy, literature, music, art history, theology, psychology, chemistry, physics, engineering and medicine are written in German and continue to be produced in German.
Levels of Competency :
A1 : You learn how to make simple enquiries in speaking and writing, and to give instructions. You build on your basic grammar skills and increase your vocabulary.
A2.1 & A2.2 : You learn how to express yourself adequately in familiar, everyday situations and to read and understand simple texts.
B1.1 & B1.2 : You consolidate and revise basic grammar structures, and learn to lead discussions on interesting topics.
B2.1 & B2.2 : You have a command of the essentials of German. You practice reading, writing and discussing difficult topics and work-related issues.
C1 : You learn to express yourself clearly both in speaking and writing on a large number of topics and to understand almost all texts.
C2 : Individually you can express yourself fluently in German. You work on literary, socio-political, cultural and scientific topics.