It is always interesting to know why other people choose to learn one thing over another.
As for me, I am far from those enthusiastic linguistic people who love learning any and every language. In my homeland schoolars have to choose a second foreign language (first one being English). The options presented for me were either Russian, French or German. My basis for choosing German over others was just that when I was a little kid, I used to watch a TV show “Inspector Rex”. I thought it was quite awesome and got to like the language (although I always watched it dubbed). A few years later I got to know that it’s possible to study in Germany for free. I couldn’t overlook this opportunity as now I knew a lot more about Germany and loved more things than a TV show. And here I am now: trying to learn the language with a goal in mind to read Goethe’s “Faust” in the original language.