"Knowing Languages and Cultural Differences opens many doors"


REASONS for learning German, French, Italian



1.    Not everyone speaks English


There are approx. 6,900 languages and approx. 200 countries world-wide.  Amongst the 7 billion people worldwide are the following native speakers: 



GERMAN: 110 million native speakers (11th place and most spokern language in Europe)


                (German has 120,000 words)


German is spoken


- in Germany


- in Austria


- in Switzerland (four official languages: German [65 % of population], French [23 %], Italian [12 %] and Romansh = Romansch = Rumantsch Grischun [1 %])


- in Liechtenstein


- by German immigrants / ex-pats world-wide: UK, Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Malta, NZ, Australia, USA, Canada, South Africa, Namibia (= former German South-West Africa) etc.

  


FRENCH: 80 million native speakers (18th place and third most spoken language in Europe)


               (French has 80,000 words)


French is spoken


- in France (and its overseas territories New Caledonia, French Polynesia etc)


- in Switzerland (four official languages: German [65 % of population], French [23 %], Italian [12 %] and Romansh = Romansch = Rumantsch Grischun [1 %])


- in Belgium (three official languages: French, German, Dutch [in Belgium the Dutch dialect / language "Flemish" is spoken)


- in Luxembourg (three official languages: Luxembourgish, French, German)


- in Canada (officially bilingual: French and English and all Export / Imports have to be labelled biligual)


- in Vanuatu, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia etc


- by French immigrants / ex-pats world-wide: UK, Ireland, Channel Islands, Gibraltar, Malta, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, South Africa etc

  

  

ITALIAN: 65 million native speakers (19th place and fourth most spoken language in Europe)


                (Italian has 80,000 words)


Italian is spoken


- in Italy


- in Vatican City (= Holy See) (official languages: Latin and Italian)


- in San Marino


- in Switzerland (four official languages: German [65 % of population], French [23 %], Italian [12 %] and Romansh = Romansch = Rumantsch Grischun [1 %])


- by Italian immigrants / ex-pats world-wide: UK, Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Malta, NZ, Australia, USA, Canada, South Africa, Argentina etc.




English: 360 million (400,000 words) (5th place and second most spoken language in Europe)


Arabic: 370 million (4th place)


Hindi (one of most spoken languages in India): 380 million (3rd place)


Spanish: 400 million (80,000 words) (2nd place and fifth most spoken language in Europe)


Madarin (China’s official language of the five main languages spoken in China): 870 million (1st p