American interest in learning German has waned

Not long ago, German language classes were surging in popularity in the U.S. As the Cold War ended and the Berlin Wall crumbled, Americans were fascinated with German affairs and culture. However, U.S. foreign policy has since shifted to put more emphasis on East Asia and the Middle East, meaning Chinese and Arabic have replaced German in many classrooms. "In the U.S., German is on the defensive," said a recent study done for the German government.

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