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German is a West Germanic language. It is one of the world's major languages and the most widely spoken mother tongue in the European Union (EU). Its current importance is due partly to Germany's economic status: the country has the leading and most influential economy in the EU.

Worldwide, German is spoken by around 105 million native speakers. These are mainly in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein. It is also spoken by about 80 million non-native speakers.

German around the world


learn German Countries where German is the native language
Countries where German is an official language
Goethe Institutes

Why learn German?

  • German is a language of immense economic value: Germany has the fourth largest economy in the world.
  • It is one of the most important cultural languages : for example, every 1 in 10 books in the world is published in German.
  • Knowledge of German increases your job opportunities with German and foreign companies in your own country and abroad
  • After English, German is the most commonly used language in the world of science.

Learn German online with busuu.com!

With our free German language course, you can learn by talking to native German speakers around the world!

As well as learning directly from other users, you can use our interactive language learning materials to practise and improve your language skills.

The materials are arranged into learning units. Each one is based on a certain topic and contains all of the most important vocabulary and phrases.

der Multikulturalismus

the multiculturalism

the multiculturalism

Key phrase

Australien hat den Multikulturalismus übernommen. Dort leben viele Leute aus verschiedenen Kulturen.
Australia has embraced multiculturalism. There are many people from different cultures living there.


What does each language learning unit include?


Vocabulary: Learn important words and expressions with the aid of pictures and audio clips. Premium Members can also listen to key phrases.
Dialogue: Improve your reading comprehension with a fun dialogue, followed by questions to test your understanding. Premium Members can also listen to the audio version.
Writing exercise: Develop your written skills by writing a short text for other users to correct.
busuu-talk: Connect with native speakers via our integrated video-chat application, which allows you to chat online or even talk to other users in the busuu.com community.
Review: Test how much you've learnt with a short quiz and win busuu-berries!
PDF: Print out a PDF with each of the grammar and learning units, so that you can even study offline. This tool is only available to Premium Members.
Podcast: Listen to podcasts containing the vocabulary, example sentences and dialogues for each of the grammar and learning units. This tool is only available to Premium Members.
Voice recording: You can practise your pronunciation, by recording a character’s part in a dialogue, and posting it for native speakers to correct you. Voice recording is only available for Premium Members.