German is the most widely-spoken language among West Germanic languages (German, English and Dutch) and is part of the German arm of the Indo-European language family, the biggest language family in the world. It also ranks 11th among the most commonly spoken languages of the world and is one of the official languages of the European Union.
German is a bit harder to learn as compared to English and it is spoken by approximately 120 million people in 38 countries in the world. Bu learning German, you can objectively enjoy works of art by Beethoven, Bach, Einstein, Goethe, Kafka, Freud and Nietzsche without needing any other help.
German is recognized as the official language in 8 countries: These countries are the following:
- o Luxembourg
- Almost all of Switzerland
- Trentino-South Tyrol region of Italy
One of the most important factors that render German difficult to learn is its highly sophisticated grammatical rules. In German, every word is preceded by an “article” and it is modified according to the singular, plural, feminine, masculine and neutral forms of the word.
Every day, new words from English are borrowed into German. This situation unfortunately corrupts the structure of German as an authentic language. Considering the pronunciation of long words and heavy grammar rules, German may be considered to be a language that is hard to learn; however, it should be remembered that it would be possible to learn much more easily many other languages -with English, part of the German branch, ranking the first- such as Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic and Faroese once you have learned German.