There are many stereotypes about the German language: harsh, unmelodius and severe are only a few. However German is also the language of many great philosophers and poets and has unique words, such as "Weltschmerz", "Zeitgeist" or "Fernweh". Knowledge of German is essential for everyday life and work if you live in FrankfurtRheinMain (FRM) for a longer period of time.
Every new language entails new challenges, while at the same time broadening horizons. But do not be afraid! In the international region FrankfurtRheinMain you will be able to get by with English for the beginning. However, if you don’t work in an English-speaking company, you will have to speak German in the long term. Honestly, really making yourself at home in FRM means that you speak German. If you have the option, you can start learning a few words before arriving. Otherwise we would be happy to help you find the right German course for you.
The level of difficulty in learning German depends on your language background. If you speak a Latin or a Slavic language, you will most probably easily learn German. If you already speak a Germanic language such as English, Swedish or Dutch, you will most probably learn German more easily.
German pronunciation may sound rigid, but at least it is simple: You pronounce what you see. In German, all syllables are pronounced.
Have fun! The German language is known for its compound words that may seem never-ending. The record is held by a word with 67 letters: Grundstücksverkehrsgenehmigungszuständigkeitsübertragungsverordnung. Up until 2013 the word Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz (63 letters) also existed. You don’t have to know words like this, but you can try to beat them. With a large enough vocabulary, maybe you will set your own record!
Immerse yourself in the German language – and do not be afraid! People from all over the world live in FRM. No one expects you to speak perfectly, and everyone is more than happy to help you.