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Weekly update: number of German learners in UK sinks further

Updated: Mar 30, 2020

By Tom Carson

  • The number of school students learning modern languages in the UK has dropped dramatically in recent years. German has suffered particularly badly with a fall of 68% since 2002. The radical drop has been blamed on waning student interest, and the widespread perception that modern languages are a difficult subject. As a consequence, many schools have stopped teaching German.

  • German hospitals are seeking to entice Polish nurses working in the UK with the promise of better pay, working hours and extra benefits. The advantages of working in the security of an EU state seem to already be working. Find out more here.

  • Think Bavarian food is just pork and potatoes? Think again. Alfon Schuhbeck’s ‘The German Cookbook’ explores the world-famous cuisine from a different angle. To test out some of the recipes yourself, check out this article by The Independent.

  • The Aftermath, a brand-new Keira Knightley film set in post-war Germany has been released in the UK. The film, adapted from the 2013 novel of the same name, follows the journey of Kim Brook, an 8-year-old boy, and his parents, who relocate from Wales to Hamburg in 1946. The Guardiangave it a 2* review, criticising it for being “soapy” and awkward”. The BBC, likewise, called it “disappointingly lifeless”. If thought those reviews were underwhelming, it’s probably best to avoid Mark Kermode’s take.


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