Do you speak any Germanic languages? Trick question! If you can read this, that means you speak the most widely spoken Germanic language: English. I know, that one wasn’t really fair. When we think of Germanic languages, we think of German and languages that sound like German. There are actually a ton of Germanic languages, many more than I even realized. English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, and Danish are all commonly known Germanic languages. But did you know that Afrikaans, Yiddish, Luxembourgish, and Icelandic are Germanic languages too?
I grew up in a household that spoke a few Germanic languages from time to time (English of course, but also Norwegian, German, and Swedish). Even though I have been exposed to Germanic languages a lot, I find them difficult to learn compared to Romance languages like French and Spanish. I keep trying!
I think Germanic languages are so interesting because of the cultures they open one up to. Whether it’s Norwegian crime literature, German film, or South African history, there’s so much to explore in this realm. Not to mention original Dutch recipes for pancakes. Gotta have those! Of course translations abound for so many things in this world that some people may say learning a language is a waste of time. I totally agree! I think you need to at least understand a little of a culture’s language to understand that culture.
To help me and anyone else interested in Germanic languages, I wrote a new quiz: What Germanic Language Should You Learn? Let me know what you think of your result 🙂 Is there a particular Germanic language you speak aside from English? (Though English totally counts if it’s not your native tongue.) What Germanic language would you like to learn? Comment below and let me know.