German – The language spoken by over 100 million people

Physicians in German hospitals are having a hard time communicating with other hospital staff and their patients. This is due to the fact that most of them do not speak fluent German thereby causing a communication breakdown in hospitals. This is due to the fact that most German doctors are leaving the country to work in other countries which provide better working conditions for doctors and those who are left are assigned office work due to the fact that they speak German fluently. This means that a lot of migrant doctors who have not yet mastered German quite well are the ones who work in the hospitals.

German is a west Germanic language alongside English and Dutch. Approximately 100 million people speak the language as their native mother tongue. German is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is spoken in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, France Denmark, Czech, Russia, Poland and Kazakhstan among other European countries. German dialects are broadly divided into two broad categories: High German and Low German. The dialects can be mutually intelligible for people who have mastered the language well or among people in communities that leave close to each other. If you are not quite good at the language then it may be hard to understand other dialects especially if you only know standard German. German has loan words from Greek, French and Latin. High German is mostly used as the written form of the language. It is written using the Latin alphabet and has 26 letters of the alphabet.

German is the 3rd most taught language in the world after Spanish and French. Most learners consider it a difficult language to master mainly due to the facts that some of the words can be quite long and also hard to pronounce. German is considered to be a cultural language. There are a lot of famous people who spoke or wrote in the language. This includes Martin Luther who made the first translation of the bible from Latin to German. Beethoven, Mozart, Einstein and Goethe also knew German. German almost became the official language of the United States revolution but it lost by one vote to English during the Continental Congress held in Philadelphia.

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