Tag: German

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 design According 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

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There’s never been a better time to immerse in the language of Goethe, engineering, and economic endeavor The 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...

Lagos Introduces German and Mandarin to Schools

The government in the Nigerian state of Lagos has announced that the teaching of German and Mandarin is to commence in six schools across the region. The state commissioner for education, Olayinka Oladunjoye stated that the pilot program for German language teaching began last year at Birch Freeman Senior High School, through a partnership with a German school. “Our officials have...

How to Become German

Since 2005, special courses have been helping German immigrants become familiar with the language and culture. Britt Beyer, a Berlin filmmaker, asks if they really work in her new documentary Werden Sie Deutscher (Become a German). Beyer takes both a critical and humorous look at the integration courses while offering rare insights into the practical side of Germany’s immigration policy. For...

Call for More German in Europe

German chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative coalition is calling for an increase in the use of German in Europe in its campaign program. If the conservative members are re-elected in September, they will push for the language to be treated on a par with English and French in the European Union (EU). “We will push for a further strengthening of the...

Berlin

On November 9, 1989, the border between East and West Berlin opened. The German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) reunited under a modified FRG constitution almost a year later on October 3, 1990. And in 1991, the newly reunified German Parliament decided that the once divided metropolis, which had been the capital of Prussia,...

Goethe Institute

The Goethe Institute is the culture institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. As such, it promotes the study of the German language as well as the cultural understanding between Germany and other countries. From visual arts to literature, from television and radio to theater and dance, the Goethe Institute runs the gamut in its promotion of the culture...