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Have you ever been to a German playground? They have a lot of things you wouldn’t traditionally find here in the USA. Have you ever heard of a Dutch disc, or seen rubber sheets across wooden bars that visitors can jump on? It’s these very different cultural pieces in Germany and other German speaking nations that make it quite different than most places you’ll visit in Europe. In fact, the German Language has become key in the European Union and the new economies of Central and Eastern Europe; therefore becoming significantly important to know when it comes to doing business there. Even for students entering business school, or getting their first jobs out of college with an international company, German is now considered a huge asset.
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The earliest existing records of the German Language date back to 750 A.D. Although the language was widely used throughout northern Europe, it was the translation of the bible into German by Martin Luther that was the major contributor to the version of German we have today. Traditionally, German was written in a Gothic style known as Fraktur which dates from the 14th century; however, from 1945 onwards, Roman characters were adopted and are now widely used.
Following the American Wars of Independence, the Continental Congress convened in Philadelphia and considered adopting a new language for the future of the USA. When it came to the vote, English was chosen above German as the language of the new republic by one vote!
Standard, Modern or High German, which we speak today, went through a major spelling reform in 1996. In 1998, the country began an 8 year transitional period where the reformed spelling was taught in most schools, while both traditional and reformed spelling co-existed in the media.
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Sources for the content on this page include: Wikipedia.org “German Language”, GermanLanguageGuide.com “German Language Facts”, “German Language History” & “German Language Statistics”, LearnGermanGuide.com “German Language Stats” & “Why Learn German”, and History.com “German Language”. Pease note that while we pride ourselves and our sources on accuracy of information, statistics and facts may vary slightly by site and recency of data.