Language Information

Writing system

German is written using the Latin alphabet. In addition to the 26 standard letters, German has three vowels with Umlaut, namely ä, ö and ü, as well as a special symbol for "ss", which is only used after long vowels or diphthongs, the Eszett (ß).


German pronunciation



German is an inflected language. In contrast to Latin, the inflection sometimes affects not only the word ending but also its stem, making declension and conjugation slightly more difficult.

German nouns inflect into:

In the German orthography all nouns and most words that take the syntactical function of nouns are capitalized.

Verb inflection:

There are also a lot of ways to expand the meaning of a base verb through several prefixes.

The word order is much more flexible than in English. The word order can be changed for subtle changes of a sentence's meaning.

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