The decision to learn a foreign language is to me an act of friendship. It is indeed a holding out of the hand. It’s not just a route to negotiation. It’s also to get to know you better, to draw closer to you and your culture, your social manners and your way of thinking. And the decision to teach a foreign language is an act of commitment, generosity and mediation.

The writer, John le Carré, makes a strong case for the importance of learning German (or, indeed, any other foreign language).  His love for the language is evident in this article, published in The Observer today.