Do you know how many people worldwide speak German? How many nations speak German? How many words are there in the German language? We will try to answer of these questions. If you missed our first part then click here to read part 1.
German is spoken by more than 120 million people in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland and in parts of Belgium, Northern Italy and Eastern France. It is one of the main language in the European Union and the new economies of Central and Eastern Europe.
The USA almost select German over English
It is claimed that German almost became the official language of the USA. During the American Revolution, USA wanted to cut off all ties from England. So the Continental Congress considered changing the main language from English to German. When it came to the vote, English won by only one vote!
The German language consists of about 5.3 million words – with a rising trend. About one third of those words were added in the last 100 years alone. This means, the German language contains eight times as many words as the English language.
The average person uses far fewer words: only 12.000 – 16.000 words are used on a regular basis, including about 3.500 foreign words.
The “Duden”, a popular reference book for grammar and orthography of the German language, lists 135.000 words.
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