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Dan Marasescu  Identity Verified
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Jan 15, 2008

Dear all,

Sorry to be writing in English, but it's for a good cause.

I'm trying to find information about the German language, mostly interesting facts, like its history or its use in other countries than Germany and Austria. I would be very interested to find out how German became official language in Belgium. It doesn't have to be very academic, in fact it's better if it's something funny.

Could you please indicate some interesting websites in German on these topics?

Many thanks,
Dan

[Edited at 2008-01-15 09:54]


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Erik Hansson  Identity Verified
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Some links Jan 15, 2008

Hello Dan,

Some general information about the German language is available on http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutsche_Sprache . This text is also available in English.

Further you can find more about the German-speaking community in Belgium: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deutschsprachige_Gemeinschaft

Hope this helps.

Kind regards
Erik

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Eupen.be Jan 15, 2008

Dan Marasescu wrote:

Dear all,

Sorry to be writing in English, but it's for a good cause.

I'm trying to find information about the German language, mostly interesting facts, like its history or its use in other countries than Germany and Austria. I would be very interested to find out how German became official language in Belgium. It doesn't have to be very academic, in fact it's better if it's something funny.

Could you please indicate some interesting websites in German on these topics?

Many thanks,
Dan

[Edited at 2008-01-15 09:54]


How German became official language of Belgium? Simple, after WWI, Eupen, Sankt-Vith and Malmédy was given to Belgium by the Treaty of Versailles in compensation for damages during WWI. Hence, you will find bilingual German-French speakers in that region. Have a look at www.eupen.be and www.st.vith.be
From a linguistic point of view Belgium is a paradise. From a fiscal point of view a hell. Which is why many living in that region work in Germany.


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Dan Marasescu  Identity Verified
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Thanks! Jan 16, 2008

Many thanks, really. Wikipedia is truly a good tool. I should use it more often.

Dan


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