German

Level:
Beginners
30 hours
Sessions per week: 2 x 2hr sessions
Group size: 8-10
Status: Not applicable
Cost per learner: R 1700

In line with the general implementation of ubuntu in the workplace, there has been a greater demand for learning each other’s languages in South Africa. In the Western Cape the local languages most needed are Afrikaans, English and Xhosa.

Alive! Language School has been successfully offering the above languages programs to empower employees in a variety of companies and government departments. The employees have given feedback on improved relationships with colleagues because they not only now better understand each other’s languages, but also the cultures.

Tourism/Business

  • South Africa gets most of its visitors from Germany
  • German visitors will not subside and the language will continuously be needed
  • the cooperation between the service sector in general and the tourism industry cannot be over emphasised
  • there is a shortage of German speaking tourist guides

Future Uses

  • it will be easy to continue to an advanced learning programme
  • learning a new language is a skill that is transportable and could assist the learner in furthering his/her career

Comments

  • in the WC the language most spoken is Afrikaans. German word order, sound and pronunciation is easier for the locals to handle
  • German is often heard in the Western Cape, as many Germans have immigrated here

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