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German is a West Germanic language, and one of the world’s major languages. It is closely related to Dutch and English, and is spoken natively by approximately 100 million people across the world, and by another 20 million as non-native speakers. German is the most widely translated language in the world (both from and into English), according to the Guiness Book of World Records, and is the 3rd most widely spoken language in U.S. homes.
German is spoken primarily in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Belgium, parts of Italy, and some border towns in Denmark. In Europe, there are also still some German-speaking communities in Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Russia, as well as significant communities in the United States and Latin America.
As the Germanic speaking populations in Central Europe began to split into numerous individual states, writers attempted to use a form of German that would be most widely understood, based on Eastern Upper and Eastern Central German dialects, preserving much of the grammar of Middle High German. This was also the version used by Martin Luther in his translation of the Bible. Thus, until about 1800, this "standardized" German (known as Hochdeutsch) was primarily a written language, and was taught much like a "foreign" language to speakers of other Germanic dialects, which differed quite significantly from each other.
German is written with the Latin alphabet, but also includes three vowels with the Umlaut, namely ä, ö and ü, as well as the Eszett (sharp S, rendered as ß). ß is unique among letters of the Latin alphabet in that it has no traditional upper case form. Until the 20th century, German was written in blackletter typefaces (mostly Fraktur and Schwabacher), although these were eventually abolished by the Nazis in 1941.
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