"Welcome to German at Emory", a video message by Hiram Maxim

German belongs to the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages. It is the official language of Germany and Austria and is one of the official languages of Switzerland. Altogether nearly 100 million people speak German as their first language. There are 2 divisions of German dialects: Plattdeutsch (Low German) and Hochdeutsch (High German), the former spoken mainly in the lowland areas of northern Germany. German was written in a Gothic style called Fraktur from about the 14th c. until World War II, when it was replaced by Roman characters.

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Online audio and video materials are available for German at this website. You must have an Emory ID and password to access the materials.

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Department of German Studies Online Placement Exam
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