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DUTCH (Nederlands)

Dutch is the language spoken by more than 28 million people, mainly residing in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Suriname. It is also one of the official languages in the Caribbean Island nations of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, and it is spoken by historical minorities living in France, Germany, and the United States. The Cape Dutch dialects of the Republic of South Africa have been standardized into Afrikaans, which is mutually intelligible with Dutch.
Dutch is an Indo-European Language classified within the West Germanic Languages, where it belongs to the sub-group of West Low Franconian. It is closely related to English and German, as they contain the same Germanic core. Dutch and English have practically abandoned the grammatical case system that German still uses. While Dutch is a term generally used to refer to the language as a whole, the term Flemish is applied to the Belgian dialects. In each of the countries, there are local dialects with their own names, such as Limburgs ("Limburger") and Brabants ("Brabantine").


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