Exeter University has pages for beginners in German including some material on Why learn German?
There is sobering material, including links, about anti-German feelings in Britain. There are links on accentuating the positive. There is a list of ten reasons why to learn German.
I think it’s a shame that the last item, Lost in translation, regurgitates some apocryphal poor foreign-language advertising campaigns and a list of mistranslations from all over the world that I didn’t believe the first time I saw it:
bq. In a Bucharest hotel lobby: “The lift is being fixed for the next day. During that time we regret you will be unbearable.”
Enter “In a Bucharest hotel lobby” (in inverted commas) in Google and you get 785 hits, or at least I do.
Does anyone know where these two collections are debunked? I know they’re not all true, but the Urban Legends site is rather thin on the topic of mistranslations (although there is more than one page on the topic).