Merkel attacks English word invasion
DDP/The Local · 8 Sep 2008, 17:43
Published: 08 Sep 2008 17:43 GMT+02:00
“The language of Goethe is an attractive language,” Merkel told the central office of Germany's culture and language outreach institute. But the German language must be protected in order to continue as a “self-confident language,” she said, otherwise it will become increasingly nonsensical and students of German in other countries could think their courses are “half-English.”
Merkel emphasized the importance of cultural outreach in a time of globalization, which makes the work of the Goethe Institute more important than ever, she said. It is an international “symbol of cultural exchange” for Germany, with an essential task of “breaking down barriers between countries,” she added.