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This particular resource links to the Wikipedia entry on the German language. This entry contains loads of information for the curious reader as well as for the serious German language learner, including historical and linguistic data.
Use this resource to become familiar with the German language and its context in today's world, to discover facts and linguistic data about German and its many varieties, access further information about and resources for learning German, and much more.
The German language (Deutsch, [dɔɪ̯tʃ]) is a West Germanic language and one of the world's major languages. Other English names for the language are Dutch (historical/informal usage, from Deutsch), and Teutonish/Teutonic. German is closely related to and classified alongside English and Dutch. Around the world, German is spoken by ~100 million native speakers and also ~30 million non-native speakers, and Standard German is widely taught in schools and universities in Europe. Worldwide, German accounts for the most written translations into and from a language (Guinness Book of Records). German is also the fifth most commonly spoken language in American homes.