Learn­ing a lan­guage is vi­tal, am­bas­sador tells stu­dents at IT

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Ger­man Am­bas­sador Deike Potzel has urged young peo­ple to learn lan­guages espe­cially post Brexit.

Speak­ing at the launch of IT Sligo’s Ger­man Lan­guage Net­work, Am­bas­sador Deike Potzel said the Ger­man govern­ment was look­ing to cre­ate stronger re­la­tions with Ire­land af­ter Brexit and told stu­dents to learn Ger­man and other lan­guages to se­cure ca­reers.

“I vis­ited a large multi-na­tional tech com­pany in Dublin and spoke with the man­age­ment there. When I asked why there were so many Ger­mans here, they said they couldn’t find enough flu­ent speak­ers in Ire­land and it was eas­ier to train peo­ple in tech­nol­ogy than it is to teach them a lan­guage.”

The am­bas­sador said learn­ing a lan­guage can also im­prove ex­pe­ri­ences of other cul­tures when trav­el­ling.

The am­bas­sador also re-it­er­ated the im­por­tance of not re­turn­ing to a hard bor­der on the is­land of Ire­land af­ter Brexit.

“There can­not and must not be a hard bor­der and we are push­ing re­ally hard to avoid a hard bor­der. A ‘no deal’ Brexit would be a disas­ter, not only for Bri­tain or Ire­land but all over Europe. 85% has been agreed so their is hope but the cru­cial is­sue is the ques­tion of the bor­der”.

Ger­man am­bas­sador, Deike Potzel is wel­comed to IT Sligo by Pres­i­dent, Dr Bren­dan McCor­mack.

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