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Quick Facts


Total Worldwide Speakers: 90,294,110


Language Family: Indo-European


Spoken in:
Germany, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Moldova, Mozambique, Namibia, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russian Federation (Europe), Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan



The earliest known examples of written German date from the 8th century AD and consist of fragments of an epic poem, the Song of Hildebrand, magical charms and German glosses in Latin manuscripts. A short Latin-German dictionary, the Abrogans, was written during the 760s.

German literature started to take off during the 12th and 13th centuries in the form of poems, epics and romances. Well known examples include the epic Nibelungenlied (the Song of the Nibelungs) and Gottfried von Straßburg's Tristan. The language used is now known as mittelhochdeutsche Dichtersprache (Middle High German poetic language). During this period Latin was gradually replaced by German as the language of official documents.



Sources: The Ethnologue & Omniglot


Facts About Germany

Author: Klaus Lantermann (editor in chief)
Publisher: German Federal Foreign Office
Copyright: 2003
ISBN 3-936238-10-3
No of Copies 1

Oxford-Duden German Dictionary

Author: Michael Clark (editor)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Copyright: 2005
ISBN 978-0-19-860974-2
No of Copies 1

Wie geht's? An Introductory German Course 6th Ed.

Author: Dieter Sevin & Ingrid Sevin
Publisher: Harcourt College Publishers
Copyright: 2000
ISBN 0-03-021444-0
No of Copies 1

Wie geht's? An Introductory German Course Workbook 6th Ed.

Author: Dieter Sevin & Ingrid Sevin
Publisher: Harcourt College Publishers
Copyright: 2000
ISBN 0-03-021447-5
No of Copies 1

Wie geht's? An Introductory German Course 9th Ed.

Author: Dieter Sevin & Ingrid Sevin
Publisher: Cenage Learning
Copyright: 2011
ISBN 0-04-9579764-2
No of Copies 1

Living Language German Dictionary

Author: Walter Kleinmann
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Copyright: 1993
ISBN 0-517-59044-1
No of Copies 1


As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me

Audio Tracks German
Subtitles English
Running Time 122 min
Rating Not Rated


Audio Tracks German, Swiss-German, Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian
Subtitles English
Running Time 81 min
Rating Not Rated

The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum

Audio Tracks German
Subtitles English
Running Time 106 min
Rating R

North Face

Audio Tracks German
Subtitles English
Running Time 121 min
Rating Not Rated

The Princess and the Warrior

Audio Tracks German
Subtitles English, French, Spanish, & Portugese
Running Time 133 min
Rating R

The Lives of Others

Audio Tracks German
Subtitles English, French, & Spanish
Running Time 138 min
Rating R


Audio Tracks German (Swiss)
Subtitles English, French, & Spanish
Running Time 123 min
Rating PG


Rosetta Stone V3- German Levels 1 & 2

One of the leaders in language learning software, Rosetta Stone allows you to learn a new language almost effortlessly. The interactive software helps you learn through imersion rather than repetitive memorization. Learn the essential structure needed to help you develop a foundation in the language. Rosetta Stone Software cannot be checked out and is for in-lab use only.

Rosetta Stone Audio Companion - German Level 1

Need to learn a language but don't have time to use a computer program? The Rosetta Stone Audio Companion is an audio CD that you can bring anywhere to develop your language skills. Each CD contains several different units that help reinforce pronounciation, voabulary, and basic phrases. Unlike the software component, the Audio Companion can be taken out of the lab.

Tell Me More - German

Whether you're a beginner or just looking to improve your vocabulary, Tell Me More is a great tool to help you develop your language skills. With hundreds of hours of language practice and thousands of exercises, you'll be on your way to learning a new language in no time.





Deutsch Welle TV

Channel on SMC TV: 61


Description: Deutsche Welle is Germany’s international broadcaster that produces television, radio and online content in 30 languages. It provides a European perspective to its global audience and promotes intercultural dialogue.



Web-Based Resources

Web-Based Software

Mango Languages LogoMango Languages is available free to all Saint Michael's students, faculty, and staff in a number of languages. Each Mango lesson is focused on practical, common conversation skills and includes instruction on vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

For assistance with Mango, please see the Getting Started with Mango Languages guide.



Powerspeak Logo Includes a combination of scored online activities, exercises, lessons and games. Course activities include an adventure story containing graphics, audio, video and an intuitive way to track learning progress. Learners are also challenged to practice speaking and writing in a variety of interactive modules designed to simulate real conversations with native speakers.

For assistance with Powerspeak, please see the Getting Started with Powerspeak guide.



Saint Michael’s is now offering online accounts to use Rosetta Stone, a leader in language learning software. While the LLRC still has Rosetta Stone software available in the lab, this software can be used anywhere, anytime! Interested in learning more? Click here to get started.



Web-Based Links

BBC Languages — German

BBC Language is an online base language learning software that offers resources for Chinese, Spanish, French, English, and many more languages. Learn the basics of 36 different languages and the culture as well!

German Pronounciation Guide

With this guide, you can hear examples of essential German, look over diphthongs, and learn about some hazards to avoid.

Global Road Warrior

Use this database to get acclimated to a country's business culture and etiquette (greetings & courtesies, ethics, meetings, attire), society and culture (gift giving, food, media, time & punctuality) and travel tips (money & banking, transportation, and more) for 175 countries.

Interactive German Tutor

 Verb-related topics, case-related and "other" topics. Verb Tenses (general summary) ·Imperative · Modal Verbs · Strong, Weak and Mixed Verbs.

Learn German Online

 Over 30 lessons for a variety of skill levels, study tips, cultural information, and more, provided free.


MYLO is a free language learning program developed by the Department of Education to help users learn a new language. MYLO utilizes engaging activities and challenges to make the learning process more interesting. Users are able to skip around the various activities to focus on learning the grammar and vocabulary that suits their needs and interests.