Up next on Mothertongues it's time for some German.
Enya and Maia speak German with their mum Ina all the time. But you'd be surprised how many German words you already know!
It might sound wild, but English and German share around 60% of the same building blocks when it comes to languages. There are lots of examples in the podcast.
In German, nouns are capitalized. Unlike English, this rule applies not only to proper names and there are no exceptions.
German is known for very long and specific words. One of the longest is: "Grundstücksverkehrsgenehmigungszuständigkeitsübertragungsverordnung" (regulation on the delegation of authority concerning land conveyance permissions).
Let's see how much there is in common...
HELLO = HALLO
THANK YOU = DANKE
GOODBYE = AUF WIEDERSEHEN
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