Learn German at S.S. Coaching. German is a West Germanic language that derives most of its vocabulary from the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family. Several German words are derived from Latin and Greek, and fewer are borrowed from French and English. Other languages which are most similar to German include Dutch, English, the Frisian languages, Luxembourgish, and the Scandinavian languages. Like some of these, German has three grammatical gendersas well as three vowels with umlauts (Ä/ä, Ö/ö, and Ü/ü) in addition to the 26 standard letters of the Latin alphabet. The letter ß (a special kind of “s(s)”, called “Eszett” or “scharfes Es”, which originated as a ligature of archaic forms of the letterss and z) on the other hand, is specific to the German language.
Being (one of) the official language(s) of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, South Tyrol, Belgium, andLiechtenstein, German is a pluricentric language, with slightly different standardized variants (German, Austrian, and Swiss Standard German). German is also notable for its broad spectrum of dialects, with many unique varieties existing in Europe and also other parts of the world. Due to the limited intelligibility between certain dialects and Standard German, as well as the lack of an undisputed, scientific difference between a “dialect” and a “language”, some German dialects or dialect groups (e.g. Swiss German or Plautdietsch) are sometimes referred to as languages.
One of the major languages of the world, German is the first language of about 95 million people worldwide and the most widely natively spoken language in the European Union. German also is the third most taught foreign language in both the US and the EU, the second most commonly used scientific language, the third largest contributor to research and development as well as the third most used language on websites. Germany is ranked number 5 in terms of annual publication of new books, with one tenth of all books (including e-books) in the world being published in the German language.