German Language Day 2018 — September 8

Second Saturday in September

“Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz.” Think that’s gibberish? Nope! That’s the longest word in German and sadly, it’s now obsolete. This is just one of the reasons why we think celebrating German language Day on September 8 is important. To promote the language and encourage more people to learn it, the German Language Association (VDS) created this day 17 years ago. And it has helped revive the language across the globe.

German Language Day - History

2001
German Language Day is Created

The German Language Association (VDS) celebrated this day for the first time embarking on an endeavor to promote German worldwide.

1981
Famous German War Movie "Das Boot" is Released

Directed by Wolfgang Peterson, this German War movie earned fame all over the world.

1522
Lutherbibel is Published

Luther translates the Bible into German helping German assert itself against the dominance of Latin.

1st Century BC
The First Recorded Use of German

German was spoken as far back as the 1st Century BC because records show Romans coming into contact with German speakers.

German Language Day Activities

1. German anyone?
Learning a new language can be a whole lot of fun, and who knows it might even be useful if you ever visit Germany.

2. Read a German classic
Even an English translation will do. Because the more that you read, the more things you will know. Bet you’ve heard that before!

3. Have a beer. Prost!
Okay, so this is not exactly Oktoberfest. But as far as we know, anything German calls for a cold beer.

5 Facts About The German Language That Will Blow Your Mind

1. #1:It’s the 6th most widely spoken language

Let’s count, Chinese, English, Hindi-Urdu, Spanish, Russian, and German. 6th in the world and the most widely spoken in Europe. Gut gemacht!

2. #2: German is the language of writers and thinkers

That’s what is widely believed and not without reason. Goethe, Schiller, Brecht, Marx, Nietzsche… they were all Germans.

3. #3:German and English are sister languages

Both are a part of the West Germanic languages. German and English have greatly influenced each other’s cultures and sometimes there is also a little sibling rivalry.

4. #4:Unlike English, German has 3 genders

Masculine, feminine, and neuter. While that seems a bit much, remember some languages like Polish have 6 grammatical genders!

5. #5:German has some funny proverbs

"Das ist nicht dein Bier" means, that’s not your beer. But what it really means is that this is none of your business, stay out! And have you heard a German say – everything has an end, only a sausage has two?

Why We Love German Language Day

A. German is the most widely spoken language in Europe
Spoken by 95 million people worldwide, German is the native language of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

B. Language and culture go hand in hand
Reviving the German language is also an attempt to preserve the culture and history of Germany.

C. Forgetting your mother tongue is a real loss
For German children living outside Germany, learning and speaking their mother tongue is one of the most important ways they can connect to their culture and heritage.

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