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Languages Matter: Why we learn German

Submitted by Michael Neininger on February 10, 2017 - 9:40am
Erin Price
Erin Price, German 101

We asked students in our first- und second-year language courses why they learn German.

Here are some of their answers:

Erin Price, Sociology Major:

Why I learn German:

"The German culture has such an influence in our contemporary American life and sometimes I don't think we realize it. Learning the language brings this into perspective for me and helps me appreciate just that! Being that I'm a Sociology Major, I get to dive into the great German minds of Simmel, Tönnies, Marx, Weber, all whose work laid the foundation of many social practices obvious today.  Learning German, I am more excited to study these ground-breaking social theorists. One day, I hope to interpret their work firsthand in order to gain a deeper perspective of our own American culture."