"the German language"

Translation:немецкий язык

December 12, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kiddo-depido

What's the origin of "немецкий"?


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    From Proto-Slavic *němьcь ‎(“foreigner, German”)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Martin135869

    "Nemec" in slavic languages originally means " a mute" or "a person with speech impediment". When the slavs encountered the first german, they didn't understand one iota of his "schwere sprache", so they logically called him "Nemec". And the name stuck.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nevena314

    I answered "Неметский язык" and I am not sure why that isn't correct?


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mosfet07

    Немецкий

    From "немцы" (Germans)

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