The German Language

German is mainly spoken in Central Europe and the most widely spoken language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and with German-speaking Communities in South Tyrol (Italy), Belgium, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.

Considered to be one of the major languages of the world, German is the first language of about 95 million people worldwide and the fourth most widely taught non-English language in the US, third in the EU, the second most commonly used scientific language and the fourth most widely used language on websites. Also, in the publication of new books, one tenth of all books (including e-books) in the world are published in the German language.

Sample text in German

Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Alle Menschen sind frei und gleich an W├╝rde und Rechten geboren. Sie sind mit Vernunft und Gewissen begabt und sollen einander im Geist der Br├╝derlichkeit begegnen.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

The Rosetta Stone Challenge

Formerly: Introduction to German

This reference book is a companion to the online version of the Rosetta Stone Challenge for the German language. You can download it for free and see just how quickly you can get a headstart in this important world language.

Instant German Series

Based on lessons found in the Basic Training section, these are printable mini-lessons that you can fold up and take with you. Use them to review what you're learning anytime and anywhere you go. Download your copies now