A language of Innovation
Solveig S. | Thursday, February 04, 2016
"Germany attracts great numbers of foreign students every year; for their world-leading universities and their very low or non-existent tuition fees. Its female Chancellor, Angela Merkel, holds a doctorate in quantum chemistry"
Image from the European Space Agency, Credit: ESA - Jürgen Mai with
“The German language speaks being, while all the others merely speak of being”
- Martin Heidegger
Why learn German?
A nation on the cutting edge of new technology development, second in export of high-tech products only to the United States and the second most used scientific language in the world. With a solid and expanding economy, it’s evident that speaking the language creates opportunities.
Germany is considered to be Das Land der Dichter und Denker : A land of thinkers and poets. Immense contributions to the world’s cultural heritage hail from this lingual realm. Literal giants such as Goethe, Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Grass, Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, Nietzsche and Marx. If you think their works are brilliant in translation, imagine reading the original.
“I liked the sticklebrick nature of it, building long supple words by putting short ones together. Things could be brought into being that had no name in English - Weltanschauung, Schadenfreude, sippenhaft, Sonderweg, Scheissfreundlichkeit, Vergangenheitsbewältigung.” - Anna Funder
These can be approximately translated to: view of the world, joy at another’s misery, collective responsibility, special path, bad friendship and coming to terms with the past.
Students flock to Heidelberg, home of the renowned Heidelberg University, from all over the world to participate in OISE’s German course in the oldest University town in the country overlooking the river Neckar nestled in the Rhine Rift Valley.
The students participate in diverse and intensive lessons in small groups to improve their fluency and overall language skills. Some of our learners grew up bilingually with French and German and arrive with an already advanced and fluent German level, but there are challenges and improvements to make for them as well with OISE’s tailored programmes.
Courses are available for both young learners ages 14-17 as well as for students and professionals, where the Full study and Extended study courses are on offer year around. Between 22.5 and 30 hours per week these can boost your language skills very rapidly. For students and professionals, The Well-established Tutorial™ and Quatorial™ courses are available and always fully tailored to the needs of the individual. If you are studying for a particular German exam, why not prepare for this in a supportive group setting with material tailored to the test to give yourself the best grade possible? The OISE school in Heidelberg is open all year round, please get in touch with us for more information.