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German language

German (Deutsch [dɔʏtʃ] ( listen)) is a West Germanic language that is mainly spoken in Central Europe. It is the most widely spoken and (co-) official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, South Tyrol (Italy), the German-speaking Community of Belgium, and Liechtenstein. It is also one of the three official languages of Luxembourg. The languages which are most similar to German are the other members of the West Germanic language branch: Afrikaans, Dutch, English, the Frisian languages, Low German/Low Saxon, Luxembourgish, and Yiddish. German is the second most widely spoken Germanic language, after English.

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Usually if the word ends in -ung, it is feminine.

Contributed by Lindsay Lathrum

German is not only the official language of Germany, but also of Austria, Switzerland, Alsace-Lorraine (France), Northern Italy, East-Belgium, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein with about 100 million speakers in total. After the American war for independence, congress had considered adopting a new language for their country, English only coming out above Germany by a single vote.

Contributed by Sarah Batzdorfer

English: work, factory; works 1. workman, artisan German: das Werk, --(e)s, --e 1. der Hand'werker, --s, --

Contributed by Thomas James Pierce

English: excuse, forgive; pardon 1. forgiveness, pardon German: verzei'hen, verzieh, verziehen 1. die Verzeihung

Contributed by Thomas James Pierce

English: female, woman; wife 1. female, feminine 2. womanish, effeminate German: das Weib, --(e)s, --er 1. weiblich 2. weibisch

Contributed by Thomas James Pierce

English: which; what; who; that; some, any German: welch (er)

Contributed by Thomas James Pierce

This is great because it provides an image as well as a sound. You can also say the words with the narrator. It helps when memorizing the names of German words.

Contributed by Lindsay Lathrum

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