Germany. Leave all preconceptions at the door. Europe’s most populous country; one filled with a multitude of regional identities, bustling cities, soul-stirring scenery, and invigorating culture. A place where you’re able to find the sleek world of precision engineering and a high-tech economy juxtaposed with half-timber towns, romantic charm and Gemütlichkeit (coziness). By learning German you’ll not only get an insight into this distinct nation (not to forget the Austrians!), you’ll be able to communicate with a people that have got a phrase for everything, from backpfeifengesicht ("a face badly in need of a fist”) to verschlimmbessern ("to make something worse while trying to improve it"), and schnapsidee ("a brilliant plan one hatches while drunk”).