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Old 11-18-2007, 12:48 AM
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What are the best cities to set up a German language school?
Alternatively, where do you think most professionals (or their Companies) would be wanting their employees to learn German?

I have had a look and I am surprised at how few German language schools there are in the US. Also how little interest there seems to be?
Are US citizens not aware (or not interested) that a huge part of both their heritage AND current trade/business is German focussed?
I love the US and I want to live there, but it worries me that I may not be able to find a community where a German teacher can make a living (I hope I am wrong).

I guess it should be some 'international' city.
What about NYC/CT/Greenwich,etc.?
What about Washington DC?
But, it would be great if someone has another idea - or a suburb of a big city. I would love my family to be in a quite town, even if it is close to a big city.
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Old 11-18-2007, 08:30 AM
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You might research where there are a lot of companies with German ties as I'm sure the employees of said companies would be more open to a German school.

Also you might want to look at what existing German schools are doing. I know here in Chicago we have two, and both are tied to larger German cultural organizations.

We have the Goethe-Institut Chicago and the Deutsch-Amerikanischer National Kongress here and I know that other cities have similar organizations as well.

You might want to start there by looking to assess what sort of market you might have.
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Old 11-18-2007, 05:20 PM
Location: Chicago
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Let me tell you a story of an English client I had at my previous job. She was putting together a plan to visit the U.S. Her rough itinerary was to fly in and visit New York, then rent a car and drive to Florida, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles and then back to New York. I asked her how long she planned to be here. "A week," she said, completely oblivious to just how massive the U.S. is compared to European countries and unaware that what she planned to do would probably take her close to a month. While most aren't quite as clueless as she was, I don't think most Europeans understand how truly massive this country is. Take Texas for instance -- this one single state is the size of France and Greece combined.

The U.S. isn't like Europe where we can get in a car in the morning, point it in any direction, and be in a different language zone by dinnertime. The exception is if you live near Mexico or the Quebec province of Canada, and even in the latter case, most of its residents can (reluctantly) speak English. And Mexico isn't the kind of place you just want to casually drive around and explore by car. Most Americans have to travel huge distances to even get to any place where English is not the primary language. Combine that with the fact that English is the predominant language of international business and there has been very little need or incentive for us to become conversant in another language. That may be starting to change as Spanish gains a foothold thanks to immigration waves from Latin America, primarily Mexico.
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Old 11-18-2007, 09:16 PM
Location: Gulfport, MS
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The only language that most Americans have even the slightest need to learn is Spanish. And even then the vast majority of us can get by without it. Wanting to learn another language is something else entirely, and there are Americans who want to learn another language, but either don't have the time, don't have the opportunity, and/or don't have anyone to speak with even if they do learn it. We can learn Spanish and talk to Mexicans, Spaniards, Peruvians, etc. We can learn German and talk to... Germans. Which is great if we happen to be interested in working with German companies.

I'd imagine you could find a clientele base for German in most of the large American cities, such as New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc. Best of luck!
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Old 11-22-2007, 05:15 AM
Location: Kentucky
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Perhaps near an army base since they could be stationed in Germany?
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Old 11-22-2007, 06:06 AM
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My grandparents (fathers side) were from Germany and never bothered to teach my father German. Why? Because the practical use for the language here in America is practically nil. Spanish would be the most useful for day-to-day use, and Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, or Arabic would be more useful than German for most business men to learn generally.

If a kid wanted to learn German he or she could probably take German classes in their public high school, and an adult could definitely take courses at their community college. You might want to reconsider opening up a "German language school".
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Old 11-22-2007, 10:17 AM
Location: yeah
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Milwaukee? Maybe I'm just playing stereotypes...
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