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German (Deutsch) is a West Germanic language, thus related to and classified alongside English and Dutch.

It is one of the world's major languages and the most widely spoken mother tongue in the European Union.

Around the world, German is spoken by approximately 105 million native speakers and also by about 80 million non-native speakers.

Standard German is widely taught in schools, universities and Goethe Institutes worldwide.

For a list of countries where German is spoken see Category:German-speaking_countries.

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