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Michael: Where is German spoken?
Anja: And how many varieties of German are there?
Michael: At GermanPod101.com, we hear these questions often. Let’s imagine the following situation. Hanna Hanselmann is meeting her fellow student Emma Eder for the first time. On hearing her speak German, she asks,
"Where did you learn German?"
Hanna Hanselmann: Wo hast du Deutsch gelernt?
Hanna Hanselmann: Wo hast du Deutsch gelernt?
Emma Eder: In Österreich.
Michael: Once more with the English translation.
Hanna Hanselmann: Wo hast du Deutsch gelernt?
Michael: “Where did you learn German?”
Emma Eder: In Österreich.
Michael: “In Austria.”
Michael: German, or
Anja: Deutsch
Michael: is used not only in Germany, but also as an official or co-official language in Austria,
Anja: Österreich
Michael: Belgium,
Anja: Belgien
Michael: Switzerland,
Anja: Schweiz
Michael: Luxembourg
Anja: Luxemburg
Michael: and Liechtenstein.
Anja: Liechtenstein.
Michael: German has the most native speakers in the European Union,
Anja: Die Europäische Union,
Michael: and is also the third most common language in the EU, after English and French. In addition, German is also a recognized minority language in 13 countries: Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Italy, Kazakhstan, Namibia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine.
Michael: As you can see, German is spoken in many locations across the world. As a result, German has many varieties and dialects, but only three of them are acknowledged as Standard German, or
Anja: Hochdeutsch
Michael: The three forms of Standard German are as follows: German Standard German,
Anja: Bundesdeutsches Hochdeutsch
Michael: Austrian Standard German,
Anja: Österreichisches Hochdeutsch
Michael: and Swiss Standard German.
Anja: Schweizer Hochdeutsch
Michael: If you want to know more about the differences between them, please keep an eye on our future podcasts - we will be talking about the different varieties of German very soon!
Michael: Let's practice the opening dialogue. Respond to the prompts by speaking aloud. Then repeat after the German speaker, focusing on pronunciation.
Do you remember how Hanna Hanselmann asked,
“Where did you learn German?”
[Beep. Pause 5 seconds.]
Anja: Wo hast du Deutsch gelernt?
Michael: Listen again and repeat.
Anja: Wo hast du Deutsch gelernt?
[Beep. Pause 5 seconds.]
Anja: Wo hast du Deutsch gelernt?
Michael: And how did EMMA EDER say,
“In Austria”?
[Beep. Pause 5 seconds.]
Anja: In Österreich.
Michael: Listen again and repeat.
Anja: In Österreich.
[Beep. Pause 5 seconds.]
Anja: In Österreich.
Michael: Now, one last bit of trivia. Did you know that German is the second most spoken language in North Dakota? In fact, the US has a considerable amount of German speakers, due to mass immigration which started as early as the 1680s, and continued through the 1700s and into the early 20th century.
Michael: Now you know what places to visit to practice your German. Do you want to know more? Be sure to download the lesson notes for this lesson at GermanPod101.com — and move onto the next lesson!

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Hallo robert groulx,


Danke schön for posting. We are very happy to have you here. Let us know if you have any questions.


Mit freundlichen Grüßen,

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robert groulx
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thank you for the lesson transcript


favorite phrase is Wo hast du Deutsch gelernt?


robert