By Renuka Rayasam in Reuters
There is no shortage of jokes about the German language. Mark Twain practically has the crowded market cornered, but Richard Porson, an 18th century English classics scholar, summed up the prevailing sentiment with his quip “Life is too short to learn German.”
Now the German language is turning out to be more than just the butt of jokes. In a country desperately in need of workers, it is proving to be a stumbling block that prevents German companies from taking advantage of the flood of new arrivals, from the Middle East and elsewhere in the European Union.