A Global Language
German is the native language of over 120 million people, which is the largest community in the European Union. German is an international language of business, education, science, and technology. Many of the Western world's most important works of philosophy, literature, music, art history, theology, psychology, chemistry, physics, engineering and medicine are written in German. Many students learn German to connect with family members and friends. German Americans are the single largest heritage group in the United States, and we thank them for bringing us everything from hot dogs and hamburgers to Babe Ruth and blue jeans. In Hollywood, German Americans such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, and Tina Fey continue to shape American popular culture.