German belongs like English or Dutch to the West Germanic branch of the Indo-European languages. As mother tongue in Germany, Austria and parts of Switzerland it is the biggest language in the European Union. With its more than 140 million speakers it is furthermore one of the 10 most important languages in the world.
As language of the Europaen Union and business language German matters worldwide. Regardless of whether you want to live and work in a German-speaking country or you maintain germanophon contacts - with knowledge of the German language you will almost everywhere get ahead.