German is the official language of Germany. Besides Germany, German is the official language of  Austria and Liechtenstein. It is one of the official languages of Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium. It is recognized language in many other countries like Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Namibia and Poland. German is spoken natively by about 100 million people in the world. It is spoken widely in the European Union and one of the major languages. German is a pluricentric language. German is written in Latin alphabet. It has 26 standard letters. German has three vowels. A number of words in German are derived from Latin and Greek. A few from French and English as well.