German is the official or co-official language in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Lichtenstein and the German-speaking communities of Belgium and the Italian South Tyrol.
Some 100 million people use German as their native language and it shares commonalities with Afrikaans, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch and Swedish.
After Russian, German is the second most widely spoken mother tongue in Europe and the second biggest in terms of non-native speakers after English.
There are also many enclaves around the world where German is spoken due to colonisation and emigration from the home country.
German is a ‘national language’ in Namibia and is spoken in South Africa (Nataler Deutsche) and parts of North and South Dakota.
Although used across the world, the written forms of German differ very little and the language used in Switzerland, Austria and Germany can be said to be as different as US and UK English.
As a spoken language German largely splits into two forms; High and Low German.
High German, the language of the highlands of the country is the official language and most widely spoken. Low German is used generally in the North of Germany and dialects vary between regions. Other dialects exist in Switzerland, Lichtenstein and in the Alsace region of France.
If you need help with translation to, or from German then Teneo is here to help. We have a large number of native German speakers who can assist with your German translation requirements.