German is the most widely spoken language in Europe and one of the ten most commonly spoken languages in the world. In Europe, German boasts the most native speakers and is the second most spoken foreign language in Europe (after English).
German is an important business language. Germany has the 3rd strongest economy in the world and is number one in exports. It is the 2nd largest exporter of technological products (after the US), is an engineering powerhouse, and is the 2nd most commonly spoken scientific language in the world. Germans spend the most on travelling to other countries than anyone else in the world and their country domain of .de is the second largest domain (after .com). Münich is the second largest publisher of books (after New York) and ranked third of languages published. If you expect or hope for your child to someday work in: technology, engineering, science, tourism, computers, or publishing, German language skills might be important to their business opportunities.
Before your child is concerned about a career though, German can help in their academic pursuits. German is an important language in many disciplines of study at university as many famous thinkers, musicians, writers, and artists were German and produced their work in their native language. German is required for many undergraduate programs and German companies sponsor over 60,000 professional and educational exchanges every year.
To top it off? If your native language is English, learning German isn’t all that hard.