German - Language of Ideas
With the campaign “German – Language of Ideas” Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle aims to promote learning German as a foreign language abroad. Minister of State Pieper introduced the campaign at the Federal Foreign Office. German is the most widely spoken language in Europe. Nearly 15 million people speak and learn German as a foreign language. However, in recent years there has been a decline in the number of people learning German. Pieper called this trend an “alarming sign” that the German Government was determined to counter. After all, language was a foundation for establishing good relations between countries.
Why should you learn German?
If you speak German, you can:
* read works by the great authors of the last centuries such as Goethe, Schiller and Brecht in the original;
* include something on your CV that will catch the eye of prospective employers;
* study at a very low tuition fee at a higher education institution in Germany, Austria or Switzerland;
* visit the Berlinale, go to Munich for the Oktoberfest or join the Karneval in Cologne;
* read the latest academic developments (German is the second most used language in academic publications);
* read many more publications overall (28% of all books published worldwide are written in German);
* apply for jobs on the international stage.
Can I learn German in Hong Kong?
Yes! Every year, there are about 3000 persons learning the German language at the Goethe-Institut in Hong Kong, and about 1000 other people taking German language courses at the universities in Hong Kong. To find out more about the German language courses on offer, please visit the following websites:
City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong Baptist University
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The University of Hong Kong
Hermann Hesse is one of the most widely read German-language authors; his books are world literature classics and he is one of the most famous 20th century writers. His great literary success is based on such works as Siddharta, Steppenwolf, The Glass Bead Game or the novel about a schoolboy Beneath the Wheel. His books, which have been translated into more than 70 languages, total around 150 million published copies.
The library of the Goethe-Institut Hongkong has a selection of his books available in German. More information about using the library of the Goethe-Institut Hongkong can be found on the following page.
German gaining importance worldwide
The German language is becoming ever more important worldwide. The Goethe-Institut announced this at its annual press conference. Secretary General Johannes Ebert said: “We are very happy about the fact that the Grand Coalition has so clearly emphasized the importance not only of work spreading the German language but also of cultural cooperation.” Culture is not simply icing on the cake, he said, but a fundamental element of international dialogue.
Deutsche Welle invites German learners around the world to improve their language skills and discover Germany with hip-hop band EINSHOCH6. The new video series "Bandtagebuch" (Band Diary) was launched...
Learning German with the Band Einshoch6
„Hallo Deutsch“- The new interactive „app“ of Goethe-Institut Hongkong
Interested in German? Would you like to learn German and at the same time have a lot of fun?
Then you are placed well with the new app of Goethe-Institut Hongkong.
"Hallo Deutsch" app
In February 2008 the Federal Foreign Office launched the “Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH) initiative. The aim of PASCH is to create and strengthen a global network of some 1500 partner schools with special links to Germany.
Introduction of the PASCH initiative
"Schools: Partners for the Future" initiative
Education creates prospects – multilingualism opens new horizons. At our partner schools abroad we not only desire to provide students with access to our language and education system, we also want to generate interest in and understanding for one another. More details on the "Schools: Partners for the Future" initiative are available here:
Flyer: "Schools: Partners for the Future" [pdf, 382.73k]
The Love of Language
GERMAN is more popular than ever before: Goethe-Institut has confirmed this trend with an unprecedented interest in its language courses and exams. In 2011 the number of learners of German soared to record levels. Over 234,000 participants, 16,400 more than the year before, used the courses offered by the Goethe network in 93 countries. The increase in interest is particularly marked in Southwest Europe. Many institutes are expanding to satisfy the huge demand. According to the Goethe-Institut President, Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, young people in particular are registering for courses, because they want to get on at work and would like to look for jobs in Germany.
German is the second foreign language in the European Union (EU) and when it comes to the 90 million people whose mother tongue is German, it is actually in first place. It is also officially recognised as a minority language in eight countries
Does this then mean we should not worry about the status of the German language in Europe? The answer unfortunately is - yes, we should be concerned, as the German language plays only a minor role in the institutions of the EU.
German – A Language Learned all over the World