As a South African, you might be interested in
global business. Or transport. Or science. Or
tourism. Or travel. Or energy. Or technology. Or
geopolitics. Or trade. And if you are, the chances
are that you’ll be talking to German-speakers
somewhere along the line.
And there are good reasons for this:
• 28 of the Fortune global 500 companies are listed in Germany*
• Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, and Audi manufacture some of the world’s
most desirable brands in South Africa, and German language skills can be a
plus if you apply for a job there
• More than 35.000 Germans visited South Africa in a single month of 2016
(February) - many of them as tourists**
Siemens and SAP play an important role in the South African
• South Africa exported €477 million worth of goods to Germany during
• Germany is one of South Africa’s largest trading partners, exporting goods
worth almost $700 million during November 2015 to South Africa.**
• South Africa has 11 universities and 80 schools that decided to offer
German courses to their students
Germany speaks to South Africans in
a big way. Be part of the conversation.
At the Goethe-Institut we know there are many
reasons for adults wanting to learn a foreign
language. Some people have relatives with whom
they’d like to converse. Others want to get to know
their roots better, or improve their careers. Some
want to travel, and have dreams of fitting in
knowledgeably with the customs and culture of the
countries they visit. Some do it to widen their
experience and improve their lives or give
themselves the opportunity of reading a book in its
original language. Some may simply have time on
their hands, and want to try something new.
We can’t determine your roots or your relatives, but when it comes to every
other reason we can tell you that for your second language, you should
choose German. Over 175 million people speak it, and over 15 million are
learning it worldwide, so if you want to travel, it’s an automatic choice. If you
love literature, what could be more satisfying than reading Goethe, Schiller,
Heine, Kant and Hegel, or Nobel prize-winners like Günter Grass or Herta
Müller exactly as they wrote? What about absorbing the culture that gave the
world Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, or immersing yourself in a movie by
Wim Wenders or Rainer-Werner Fassbinder, or a play by Brecht? And if you
just want to try something new, why not be practical and make the largest
economy in Europe more accessible at the same time?
And that brings us to some very practical reasons to choose to learn German.
Apart from major global brands like BMW, Siemens and Deutsche Bank, there
are many small and medium-sized enterprises that power the German
economy. Around 450 of them are established in South Africa, helping to
make Germany South Africa’s second largest trading partner. This level of
co-operation and involvement bodes well for bilateral business relations, and
represents the significant economic opportunities offered by German
companies. And if you want to maximise these opportunities, imagine what
speaking German could do for you.
So why not choose German? With the Goethe-Institut there for you, it’s good
to know you can.
And if you can’t get to us at the Goethe-Institut to study, we’d be more than
happy to put you in touch with a person or a place where you can. We also
offer Blended Learning courses, which combine classroom and online learning.
Only one physical classroom course a week is required, and our personal tutors
will guide you through the rest of the learning process on our online platform.