The official language of Germany is Standard German, with over 95 percent of the country speaking Standard German or German dialects as their first language. This figure includes speakers of Northern Low Saxon, a recognized minority or regional language that is not considered separately from Standard German in statistics. Recognized minority languages have official status as well, usually in their respective regions.
|Languages of Germany|
|Official languages||German (95%)|
|Regional languages||Low Rhenish; Limburgish; Luxembourgish; Alemannic; Bavarian; Danish; Upper Sorbian, Lower Sorbian; North Frisian, Saterland Frisian; Romani, Low German|
|Main immigrant languages||
Turkish, Arabic, Russian, Polish, Serbo-Croatian, Dutch, Italian, Greek, Romanian, Tamil, Spanish; and others|
see also:immigration to Germany
|Main foreign languages||
English (56%) |
|Sign languages||German Sign Language|
|Common keyboard layouts|
Immigrant languages spoken by sizable communities of first and second-generation (dominant origin of the speakers in brackets):
Most Germans learn English as their first foreign language at school. Sometimes French or Latin are taught first, but usually English is, with French and Latin as common second or third foreign languages. Russian, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Dutch, classical Greek, and other languages are also offered in schools, often depending on the school's geographic location.