German is an official language in six countries and actually counts more native speakers in Europe than any other language at roughly 95 million people. Although a Germanic language like Dutch and Afrikaans, German is considered slightly more difficult than both. Some challenges facing the German language learner are grammatical cases, flexible word order, and three genders. However, learning German can be very beneficial for those who study science, philosophy, literature, business, and a variety of other subjects. It is a very popular second and third language in classrooms around the world as well.

Online Resources

FSI German is a course offered by the Foreign Service Institute

Duolingo is a popular language learning platform and they offer German. Check out the review here.

German with Jenny is a video series for learning German, currently with over 200 vidoes.

DW has many extensive courses for learning German.

Learn German with Ania is a video series for learning German is a great website to look up words from English into German or vice versa.

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Where Can I Study It?

Middlebury Language School offers immersion programs in German

Oregon State University offers a BA in German (entirely online)

California State University - Chico offers a BA in German

University of Iowa offers a BA & MA in German

University of Tübingen offers a German summer language program in Germany

University of Cincinnati offers a BA, MA, & PhD in German Studies

Texas Tech University offers a BA & MA in German

Kansas State University offers a BA in Modern Languages - German

Famous Speakers

Anne Frank
She is world famous for writing a diary about her family hiding in an attic during the Nazi takeover of Europe during World War II.

Albert Einstein
The man, the myth, the legend...E=mc2

Franz Schubert
Despite dying in his early 30s, this Austrian composer still made a name for himself in the world of classical music.

Erich Maria Remarque
Remarque wrote the famous WWI novel All Quiet on the Western Front in 1928.

Friedrick Hayek
Famous Austrian economist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1974.

Hans Zimmer
Probably the most famous German speaking composer of modern times, Hans Zimmer is responsible for the music on dozens of films, including The Lion King, Gladiator, The Dark Knight, Inception, Man of Steel, 12 Years a Slave, and Interstellar.

Franz Ferdinand
The assassination of this Austrian nobleman sparked World War One.

Angela Merkel
Current Chancellor of Germany. She did not study politics and instead earned her doctorate in chemistry.

Gustav Klimt
Famous Austrian painter

Adolf Hitler
Adolph was actually Austrian and his crimes against humanity are an extension of his ideologies expressed in Mein Kampf.

Johann Sebastian Bach
Bach is one of the most widely known and most appreciated composers of all time.

Christoph Waltz
He now has two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his roles in Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained.

Adolf & Rudi Dassler
Adolf Dassler created sport giant Adidas and his brother Rudi created sport giant Puma. Unfortunately, the relationship was less than peaceful.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Easily one of the most well-known German writers in history. One of his main works is Faust.

Ludwig van Beethoven
Famous composer who ironically went deaf later in life.

Karl Marx
One of the authors of The Communist Manifesto. Also famous for writing Capital and being one the most praised and glorified thinkers in history.

Friedrich Schiller
One of Germanys most celebrated writers and playwrights.

Martin Luther
Translated the Bible into German and was a central figure in the Protestant Reformation.

Johannes Gutenberg
The Gutenberg press allowed printing to be done on a mass scale. A truly world changing invention.

Friedrich Nietzsche
Famous for his commentary on nihilism, amongst other things.

Thomas Mann
Received the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature

Carl von Clausewitz
Military officer famous for writing On War

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