Deutsch ist kein Land
German is the most widely spoken first language in Europe. There are German-speaking communities throughout the world as a result of colonisation or migration, forced emigration during war time and mobility in a global community.
German is a language, not a country, and the languages and cultures of all German-speaking communities are of equal value and relevance to the teaching of German.
Standard German & Standard Varieties
German is a pluricentric language with different standards and varieties.
There are three recognised standards of German:
- Bundesdeutsches Hochdeutsch – German Standard German
- Österreiches Deutsch – Austrian Standard German
- Schweizer Hochdeutsch / Schriftdeutsch – Swiss Standard German*
*NB: no ess-tsett in Swiss Standard German
Teachers of German have a responsibility to inform students of the different standards and varieties of German as well as to highlight diversity within and across German-speaking communities.
German is the or an official language in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Switzerland in Europe, and Namibia in Africa.
Information about D – Deutschland
Comprehensive information about Germany for young and old.
Information about A – Österreich
Information about Austria.
Information about CH – Switzerland
German is the most widely used language in Switzerland, a country with four official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansch as well as many local dialects.
Switzerland created a website for IDT2022 in Wien and it has lots of information about Switzerland.
Information about L – Liechtenstein
Südtirol in Italien