Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Another one of these articles on the recent popularity of German, starting with some numbers similar to those we've seen before but also an interesting way to put it. It begins with the pessimistic "English has won, nobody wants to learn our language anymore" view many Germans have had over the past few decades and contrasts it with:
In the Munich Goethe-Institut sits a man that can only smile at that cultural pessimistic angst regarding the future of German. "From just about every in the world we've seen a strong increase in the demand for our courses." He gives numbers: from 2010 to 2012 the number of people taking part in German courses in Barcelona has increased by 50 percent, almost 60% in Madrid, 33 percent in Lisbon, 66 in Porto, and 17 percent in Chicago.
"In Madrid for example the rush is so great that we've had to restructure the courses we offer. The first German course begins there early at 7:30, the last ends late at night. It's also like that in Moscow. And the students pay for the course, we're not talking about something free. We don't want to make profit, just to cover our costs."