Tag: "germanic"

How Many Dialects of German Are There?

By Sarah-Claire Jordan German may not be the most widely spoken language in the world, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t without its dialects and varieties. It is the official language of Germany and Austria as well as one of the official languages in Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. All dialects of German have their […]

Four Interesting Facts About Norwegian

By Sarah-Claire Jordan Norwegian is part of the North Germanic language family and is mostly spoken in Norway, though it can be found in other Scandinavian countries as well. Like all Scandinavian languages, Norwegian traces its roots back to Old Norse. Norwegian shares many characteristics with the other Scandinavian languages as well as the rest […]

Three Things All Germanic Languages Have in Common

By Sarah-Claire Jordan   Germanic languages are spoken in Europe, North America, and Oceania, which includes Australia, New Zealand, and many other Pacific island nations. They can be further divided into three branches: North Germanic, West Germanic, and East Germanic. East Germanic languages no longer exist, but the other two branches show no signs of […]

10 Things to Know about North Germanic Languages

The North Germanic languages are a group of languages that together form a branch of the Germanic languages. There are three branches of Germanic languages, though one branch, the East Germanic languages, no longer exists. The other branch is the West Germanic languages, which includes German, Dutch, and Afrikaans as well as other languages. You […]

Is English a Scandinavian Language?

By Sarah-Claire Jordan If you have ever talked to someone in English whose native tongue is a Scandinavian language, you probably noticed that they speak almost perfect English. The same thing happens with native German speakers, as German is very similar to English, but it might be less obvious as to why native speakers of […]

Icelandic Language

Icelandic is an Indo-European language belonging to the sub-group of the Germanic languages. It is classified as a Nordic language and is linguistically similar to Faroese and Norwegian. The majority of Icelandic speakers live in Iceland, and due to emigration, there Icelandic communities in Denmark, the United States and Canada. This article will center on […]