7 surprising facts about the German Language – 2019
Published by Vasudha in German language · 2 May 2019
From English to German
There is a proverb in English which is directed towards one of the most reputed German language training academies in Pune. It says, “At German Tutor, the faculties breathe in German”. Yes, it is absolutely true and we second that because our affinity towards German cannot be defined in English alone. For that, you need to learn German, because it is such an amazing language and the one in utmost demand these days.
Learning a second language which is not a vernacular can be a daunting task for many. But this is not the case with German. This is a language which is super easy to learn, grasp, and become a veteran user. Also, it has some very astonishing facts associated with its origin, history, grammar, etc.
So fill your popcorn tub, turn on your reading gadget, and get ready to get fascinated with 7 surprising facts about the German Language with us live from Pune.
- It’s official, not just in Germany- This wonderful language is an official or co-official language not only in Germany, but also in Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein.
- Crowned as the most common first language in the world- This language is one of the most widely spoken native languages in the European Union. Hence it is crowned as the first language of almost 100 million people worldwide and it is one of the major languages of the world. German is the second most widely spoken Germanic language, after English.
- German is a fusion language- It borrows its existence from the vast influence of the Indo-European language family. It has a grammatical cocktail of three genders (masculine, feminine, and neuter), four cases for nouns, pronouns and adjectives (nominative, accusative, genitive, dative), two numbers (singular, plural), and strong and weak verbs.
- Nouns are easily identifiable- German follows the grammar compulsion of capitalizing every noun without any excuse. Hence, nouns can be easy to recognize while reading or writing it.
- It allows lengthier words for better expressions-A word can be a page long. Yes, the German language is that expressive that it allows users to build longer words by simply joining a number of words together and they still hold meanings. For e.g., Torschlusspanik is a long word meaning the fear which creeps in with age for the time slipping away. Another fun word is Vergangenheitsbewältigung which means preserving the past.
- A knowledge of English does half the job of learning German- English and German are known as the sister languages. Both of them have many similarities in grammar and vocabulary listings. If you know English, learning German is 50% done. These languages have many common words. However, there are some tricky words which even though being similar, have entirely different meanings in both these languages. For e.g., While GIFT means present in English; a European will not be as pleased to hear this word as in German, it means poison.
- Broad spectrum of dialects- The most fun part of the German language is that the dialect changes with the changing locations with many unique varieties existing in Europe and also other parts of the world. Every region has its own codified versions used to interact in German. It makes language fun, and less boring.
So here we are, back to our own lands after taking an amazing tour of the European language filled with so many surprising trivia. We bet that after reading this, the German language may look fascinating to you and you might be tempted to master this wonderful tongue as soon as possible.