German

German, or “Deutsch”, is a language in the Germanic branch of the Indo-European language family.¬† It’s spoken predominantly in central Europe and has around 95 million native speakers.

German is quite similar to English, since up until around the year 700, the two languages were largely mutually intelligible and only split significantly within the last 1000 years or so.

As a result, learning German is pretty straightforward coming from English, thanks to a similar sound system, grammar, and overall language structure. The biggest difference between the two is probably the vocabulary; where English is strongly influenced by French and other Latinate languages, German continues to rely mainly on core Germanic words.

If you put your mind to it and reference Perfect Polyglot articles, you’ll be sure to acquire advanced German in no time!

Vocabulary

Grammar