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Learn German

Start speaking German and you will be able to talk to people in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. Hochdeutsch or ‘High German’ is the standard version that uTalk will be teaching you. The grammar is complex but at least German uses the Latin alphabet with the addition of ß – signifying a double ‘s’ sound. A former US president came unstuck when he said he was a “Berliner’, thinking he meant someone from Berlin, when it actually translates as a type of doughnut.§

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Fun facts about German

The expression 'Ich verstehe nur Bahnhof' - meaning I can't understand it - literally translates as 'I only understand a train station'.

All nouns in German start with a capital letter, even when they're in the middle of a sentence.

There's a German phrase 'Alles hat ein Ende, nur die Wurst hat zwei' which means 'everything has an end, only the sausage has two'!

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