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From the Autobahn to Oktoberfest…

Spoken by over 100 million native speakers and over 80 million non-native speakers, German is the most popular language throughout Europe. Next to Germany, the U.S. has the honor of holding the largest concentration of German speakers.

Now, you can learn to speak German at South Mountain Community College! Join in on the fun with courses that focus on vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills while teaching you a little about Germany’s fascinating culture.

  • German is spoken by more than 100 million people.
  • There are two principal divisions of the German language: High German, or Hochdeutsch, and Low German, or Plattdeutsch.
  • German is a member of the Indo-European language family. At some time during the disintegration of the Indo-European Community a group of tribes made their way to north-west Europe and there developed a Bronze Age Culture probably around 2,000 BC.
  • Instruction in the German language is supported on all continents.
  • German is part of the West Germanic group of languages within the Indo-European language family and is a close relative of English.
  • Many famous musicians and scientists like Goethe, Mozart, Beethoven, Freud, and Einstein wrote and spoke German.

(Sources: German Language Guide)