At FH Kufstein, students can receive a professional education* in the following world languages:
• Chinese (Mandarin) – GER Levels: A1/A2
• English – GER Levels: B1/B2, B2, C1, C2
• French – GER Levels: A1/A2, B1/B2
• Italian – GER Levels: A1/A2, B1/B2
• Russian – GER Levels: A1/A2
• Spanish – GER Levels: A1/A2, B1/B2
* Not all language groups are always realized as demand determines the supply.
Mandarin is one of the most common languages of the world with over 960 million native speakers worldwide. The origins of Chinese writing date back 4000-5000 years. Various dialects are in use, but a common character system unites the language. In addition to learning a new language, Chinese offers the unique opportunity to also get to know a new culture and way of thinking. Chinese has a completely different structure compared to European languages, which is why the language has remained mysterious and exciting for centuries.
Learning to write in Chinese takes time and effort, but is also a lot of fun and a good way to practice concentration. However, conversational Chinese and Chinese grammar are easier than many other foreign languages.
Language Resources (ext.)
De Pons (ext.): de.pons.com/übersetzung/deutsch-chinesisch
Chiniesisch-Lernen.org (ext.): www.chinesisch-lernen.org/worterbuch
Chinesisch-lernen (ext.): www.xuexizhongwen.de/
Chinalink (ext.): www.chinalink.de/
Chinesisch Lernseite (ext.):www.chinesisch-lernen.org/methode/mandarin
Duolingo (ext.): en.duolingo.com/course/zh/en/Learn-Chinese
English is the world language par excellence; about 400 million people grow up with English as their mother tongue. Over a billion people speak English as their second language.
At FH Kufstein, the entry level (B2) corresponds to the level of the Austrian general qualification for university entrance. Courses range from B2 to C1.
Although we remain aware of our European roots, we teach international English, i.e. not just English associated with certain regions (e.g. American, British or Australian English). We also prepare our students for a professional life in which English is the lingua franca so that they can efficiently communicate and negotiate with non-native speakers as well.
American Corner Innsbruck (ext.): www.uibk.ac.at/americancorner
Australian Government – Cultural institutions (ext.): https://www.arts.gov.au
British Council (ext.): www.britishcouncil.at
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ext.): www.iccr.gov.in
UCLA Institute of American Cultures (ext.): www.iac.ucla.edu
The Times (ext.): www.thetimes.co.uk
The Guardian (ext.): www.guardian.co.uk
Wall Street Journal (ext.): online.wsj.com
International Herald Tribune (ext.): www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/international-herald-tribune-magazine
Washington Post (ext.): www.washingtonpost.com
Financial Times (ext.): www.ft.com
The Economist (ext.): www.economist.com
French is part of the Romanian group of Indo-Germanic languages and is regarded as a world language since about 400 million people in more than 50 countries speak French as their mother tongue or second language and it is also taught worldwide as a foreign language. About 76 million people grow up with French as their mother tongue. French is the official language in many European states as well as in Canada, Haiti and numerous countries in Western and Central Africa. French is still very common as a second language in Arabian-speaking North Africa and Indochina due to colonial influences. Furthermore, French is an official language of the European Union, the official language of the African Union as well as, together with English, the only working language of the United Nations.
La Presse (ext.): www.lapresse.ca
Le Monde (ext.): www.lemonde.fr
Le Figaro (ext.): www.lefigaro.fr
L'Express (ext.): www.lexpress.fr
Le nouvel Observateur (ext.): tempsreel.nouvelobs.com
Italian is part of the Romanian group of languages, and about 90 million people speak Italian worldwide as their mother tongue. The Italian-speaking region predominantly consists of Italy but also Southern Switzerland (“Italian Switzerland”), the Republic of San Marino and the Vatican. In addition to Latin, Italian is the official language in the “holy” state.
Cultural Institute (ext.)
Russian is the most common Slavic language as it is spoken by about 260 million people worldwide. Based on the Cyrillic alphabet, Russian has gained significance beyond the original language area and is regarded as a world language. Russian is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and the official language in 10 countries of the world including Russia, Belarus, Estonia, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and others.
Cultural Institute (ext.)
Russisches Kulturinstitut Wien (ext.): www.russischeskulturinstitut.at
Quickdict (ext.): www.quickdict.de
Russisch Wörterbuch (ext.): de.pons.eu/russisch-deutsch/
LEO (ext.): dict.leo.org
Russisch lernen und üben (ext.): www.russian-online.net/
Duolingo (ext.): en.duolingo.com/course/ru/en/Learn-Russian
Spanish is the fourth most common language in the world after Chinese, English and Hindi. More than a billion people worldwide speak Spanish as their native tongue and second language. Spanish is the official language of many countries, the working language of the UN and its organizations, the European Union and other international institutions. Spanish is the second most common language in the US. Many countries and areas predominantly speak Spanish although it is often not defined as the official language: South America, Central America, California, Florida, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Guinea, Israel and parts of the Middle East.
Ambito Financiero – Argentina (ext.): www.ambito.com
El Economista – Mexico (ext.): www.eleconomista.com.mx
El Comercio – Peru (ext.): elcomercio.pe
El Mercurio – Chile (ext.): digital.elmercurio.com/2019/02/19/A
El Mundo – Spain (ext.): www.elmundo.es
El Pais – Spain (ext.): elpais.com
CNN español – US (ext.): cnnespanol.cnn.com