Monday, October 26, 2015
If you pay any attention to the news at all you know that Europe and Germany (and Sweden) in particular now have a large influx of migrants, apparently about a million extra in Germany over the past two months or so. Lots of them from Syria, but also other countries who saw the opportunity to join in and took it.
Since I'm not in Germany and am not really keeping that close track of the situation I can't add much more to that, but I have noticed an increase in effort by certain groups to improve German-language courses. Duolingo started work on its German for Arabic speakers course in September, a site called Language Transfer (seems a lot like the Michael Thomas method from the two minutes I listened) has made German a top priority, and I can't imagine that Deutsche Welle and the Goethe-Institut are just sitting around on their hands. Let me know if there is anything else worth noting re: German courses and the influx of migrants.
So ideally (and I'm not saying it will just work out this way but here's hoping) it would mean that German gets an extra million plus speakers in just a year or two.