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THE GERMAN LANGUAGE

German is the eleventh most spoken language in the world. About 1.4% in the world is German spoken.

German is not only a European language

So many people all over the world speak German; this fact lures more people to yarn the knowledge of talking in German. When English speakers are learning German, they find that most words are the same in both the languages. However, some words might sound just the same, but they have different meanings, this is a matter that should be noted. For instance, in German, the word “gift” means poison while in English it is a blessing.

It’s a language known for long words

In German, nouns can be joined together to form one word; someone even complained that some words are very long that they have a perspective. This feature mainly applies to matters concerning the law. This tendency causes issues when it comes to translation of this words to English. Words translated from English to German increase so much to about 5-20%. If you are translating something from German, keep it at most flexible.

Bizarre proverbs

The German language has hilarious proverbs that might crack your rib. Some of the favorite German proverbs are;

Alles zu seiner Zeit – patience is a virtue

Aller guten Dinge sind drei – good things come in three

Das ist nicht dein Bier! – none of your business!

Capitalisation of nouns

You might be reading something written in German, and be surprised to see words written in capital letters. Do not worry it is not a mistake or the writer’s choice; all nouns are capitalized according to the German language rule.

The language of thinkers and writers

German is referred to as the language of thinkers and writers; a language understood and spoken by intelligent people. So many creative writers and authors represent the German language. Learning German automatically improves one’s skills.

Other things that you need to know about the German language are; it is divided into two or three main groups, we have low German, spoken by the low lying northern part of Germany and high German, spoken by southern parts of the country. Sometimes low German is regarded as a language of its own called Low Saxon.

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