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German and Dutch

German and Dutch are the second and third most widely spoken Germanic languages in the world after English. German is the official language of many countries in Central Europe, such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Liechtenstein. It is also one of the official languages of European Union. Dutch is mainly spoken in Netherlands and Belgium. The Dutch spoken in Belgium is often called Flemish.

Both German and Dutch are sister languages of English, they are members of the West Germanic language family, therefore English speakers would find it easy to learn German and Dutch as a lot of words are similar to English. However, they are different from each other grammatically, the grammar structure of Dutch is simpler than that of German.

Interested users could go to the Language Learning Centre of the Hong Kong Central Library to find out more about German and Dutch.

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