The truth about learning any new language is that it always takes time and dedication to master it. The misconception that German is too difficult to learn is irrelevant, considering the fact that both English and German utilise the same 26 letters which form the Latin alphabet. And the plus point is that English speakers actually find it easier to learn German. Looking back, English has its roots in the German language. In fact, several German words are used in English. Words like ‘rucksack’ ‘angst’ are originally German terms. The der, the die and the das might seem like mission impossible for all the noob learners out there. But speaking proper German will mean mastering the gender as well.
Studying German could come in handy as it is not only the official language of Germany, but also of Austria, Liechtenstein and the 19 cantons of Switzerland. About 95 million people around the world speak the German language. It is also the most widely spoken language in the European Union after English. Who would have thought that you would be speaking in German while paragliding over the Dolomites? There are even cities with German populations in South American countries due to immigration flows during the 19th and 20th centuries.
The lazy ones go back to the excuse that ‘everyone speaks English in Germany anyway’. Well, not all Germans can speak English, and even if they do, you might miss out on a lot of new experiences and opportunities. You will even find natives who are ready to help you out, if you speak it out wrong. So for someone seeking out opportunities and careers in Germany, it is integral to be able to effectively communicate in German at least at the B2 level.
When one associates language with the tone and sound, non-German speakers usually describe the German language as harsh, angry or rude. Truth be told, German is not the gentlest-sounding language. And just because of the tone in which it is spoken, German often gets classified as a hard language to learn. The only reason it sounds harsh is because it uses a lot of guttural sounds and this may be because Germans do not sugar coat or beat around the bush, which does not sound like a bad thing at all.