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Deutsch oder deutsch?

Deutsch oder deutsch.

I occasionally see sentences in which the word is not capitalised. Even after being a noun, sometimes it is capitalised and sometimes it is not. What are the rules regarding it?

Ich spreche Deutsch.

or

Ich spreche deutsch.

Which one is correct?

1 week ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/MoHO1exw
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Correct: Ich spreche Deutsch. Also correct: ich beherrsche die deutsche Sprache. If it is a noun: capitalised. (The beginning of a sentence, names and nouns are written capitalised) If the word is an adjective: not capitalised. Viel Spass beim deutschen Duolingo-Baum!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Skidbladner
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But since the sentence 'Ich spreche Deutsch' can be viewed as the answer to not only the question 'Welche Sprache sprechen Sie?' but also as the answer to the question 'Wie sprechen Sie?', one may encounter both versions.

  • Ich spreche Deutsch.
  • Ich spreche deutsch.

From Duden: "Kleinschreibung gilt für „deutsch“ auch in Verbindung mit Verben, wenn es mit „wie?“ erfragt werden kann"

See also: http://www.neue-rechtschreibung.net/2009/05/29/sprechen-sie-deutsch-oder-deutsch/

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https://www.duolingo.com/Geeza9
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And sometimes it is capitalized as part of a title, e.g. die Deutsche Bahn AG, der Deutsche Bundestag, das Deutsche Reich, das Deutsche Sportabzeichen

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sweald
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Didn't know this. Thanks!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Karen935979

I didn't know this but it makes perfect sense.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Hubert802318
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both

if "deutsch" is used as a noun, it's "Deutsch", and as an adjective, it's "deutsch". both versions are correct.

commonly, we in austria use the adjective version, and as far as I know, germans use it that way aswell.

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https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Gut zu wissen, danke.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Mangrum_8

All nouns are capital in German whatsoever, so yeh, Deutsch! btw here's a joke: Calvin Klein... ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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I don't get it.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Geeza9
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Me neither.

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https://www.duolingo.com/slamRN
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Der erste.

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