Tag: German

Did Ford’s Model T Kill Midwest German Dialects?

After decades of research, University of Kansas researcher William Keel believes it was Henry Ford, not Kaiser Bill, who was responsible for the decline of the distinctive German dialects spoken by immigrants and their descendants in five Kansas and Missouri settlements during the 20th century.His theory is that you couldn’t keep their youngsters down on the farm after Ford’s...

13 Million Brits Plan to Learn Spanish in 2018

According to a poll recently released by the British Council, one out of every five UK adults (about 13 million people) said they plan to learn another language as a New Year’s resolution, while one in three (over 20 million Brits) intends to try and learn at least some phrases in another language in the year ahead.For those respondents...

Free German Classes in Mosques

Germany has continuously been in the news for their practices of welcoming Syrian refugees and offering various programs to teach refugees German. The country has added another method of distribution with a new program that turns 30 mosques across Germany into language schools for refugees. In Berlin, classes are held twice a week in the Dar Assalam mosque. The...

Bilinguals Solve Math Differently Depending on the Language

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A recent study has found that bilinguals process arithmetic problems in different ways depending on which of their languages they are using. While it is largely accepted that humans possess at...

An Act of Commitment, Generosity, and Mediation

Celebrated author John le Carré believes that anglophones need to learn a second language now more than ever  At the German embassy in London, UK, last month, during an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding teachers of the language, the renowned British author John le Carré, famous for spy novels like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which was made into a Hollywood blockbuster...

India to Continue with German

India and Germany resolved the sticky German language issue during Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit last month. Once again, students in Kendriya Vidyalaya schools (KVs) will be able to opt for German as an additional foreign language in conformity with the National Education Policy, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development announced after signing a joint declaration of intent with...

Investing in German

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Why and where to learn the übercool language of economics, engineering, and designAccording to the latest estimates by the Goethe–Institut, around 14.5 million people worldwide are learning German as a foreign language. While German is ranked as the tenth-most-spoken language in the world in terms of native speakers, it is ranked fourth in terms of non-native speakers, behind only...

Japan Donates to Help Refugees Learn German

The Japan Art Association, an art charity under the patronage of Prince Hitachi, unveiled a donation of ¥100 million (about $829,000) to the Goethe-Institut. The institute teaches German to foreigners, and will specifically do so in an effort to support language education for refugees arriving in Germany, the German Foreign Ministry said. Germany is receiving a flood of refugees mostly...

‘Merkel’ is Now a German Verb

Merkeln is in the lead for the German publishing company Langenscheidt’s annual Youth Word of the Year. Winning by over 20%, the word is a verb meaning, “to do nothing, make no decisions, and issue no statements,” alluding to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s seemingly intentionally vague statements on domestic issues. According to NPR News, while Merkel does have a...

German Opportunity

There’s never been a better time to immerse in the language of Goethe, engineering, and economic endeavorThe German language has a centuries-long tradition of pumping out the Western world’s best literature, philosophy, art, music, and design. Where would the world be without the symphonies of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and Schubert, or the mind-bending ideas of the Frankfurt School? From...