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Today Germany is making great efforts to the promotion and popularization of German language and culture abroad. For this were created corresponding government and private organizations, among which particularly stand out The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Goethe Institute, one of the largest cultural organizations involved in training of German language teachers as well as German language training for everyone who is willing to learn. The certificates that are issued upon completion of the Goethe Institute are very important for admission to German universities or during applications for residence permit in Germany.
An important role in promotion of German language as an instrument of official and national diplomacy plays German National funds, private funds and non-commercial organizations. They provide scholarships to students, grants to scientists and politicians and help businesses finding new partners. In addition to above mentioned funds in Germany are widely represented private and non-commercial funds that have targeted programs for German culture and language popularization. In total in Germany there around several thousand various funds that do humanitarian work.
What is German language today? In the whole world this language is considered as native, according to various estimates, from around 100 million to 180 million people. The carriers of German language live in Europe, USA, South America, South Africa, Australia, Russia and other countries. In some countries it is a national language of national minorities (Italy, Hungary), in other countries a language of communication within a household (Canada, Argentina, Brazil and other countries).
Although German still plays a systematic role in international contacts, it is a subject to various transformations under the influence of the global language of the world’s communication – English, as well as under the influence of political factors. Among the latter it is worth highlighting the gender activists and the supporters of the political correctness in the language. The penetration of the English language as the language of the economy, electronics and youth subcultures leads to the formation of numerous slang Anglicisms. This gives a reason to the critics of this phenomenon to sound alarm in regards to the fact that the language of Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller is gradually turning into some kind of Anglo-German mix, a bizarre blend of English and German words and expressions.
And finally, a separate consideration should be given to a question of the influence of various impacts of the migration processes on the development of the German language. As of this day, in Germany, in spite of big efforts in integration of foreigners, there are developing, so called, parallel societies that consist of certain religious and ethnical groups. Among which are Turkish, Arabic and Russian societies in Germany. While in Munich, Berlin or Friedrichshafen, you will constantly hear Russian speech in between which regularly slip German words. In Germany there are around 1.4 million immigrants from the former republic of USSR. One more layer of the society is the foreigners with migration background and experience, this is how German statistics carefully names foreigner that came to or were born in Germany. A total number of such “new Germans” according to the specialists of the Federal Statistical Bureau of Germany is around 16 million people. Among which are foreigners, fugitives, kids from mixed marriages, kids from migrants that were born in Germany and have German passport. In Berlin, there is an area of Kreuzberg, where you will not find any signs in German.
Edexcel Examination Board provides an opportunity to complete a German language specification qualification and to pass a corresponding exam. As in all other qualifications related to foreign language studies, examination professor will evaluate the following student qualities:
The German government holds a wide range of measures for the promotion and popularization of the German language abroad. Such as financing stucture as Goethe Institute, German Academic Exchange Service, the Days of Germany and German culture in the different countries of the world, youth exchanges and humanitarian programs.
In spite of the problems outlined above, which are ongoing in Germany and the German language, it is early to put an end to the language of Wolfgang Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Thomas Mann and Günter Grass. Contrary to the wide spread of English as the world business language of communication, it can be said, by paraphrasing a famous saying that an optimist is learning English and a realist is still learning German. If you wonder what kind of future awaits the German language, it is possible to assert that in the coming decades, it will retain its role in Europe and within the European institutions. Therefore, we can confidently say that the German language has a future.