Dutch, or Nederlands, is a close relative to both English and German, and belongs among the West Germanic languages with them.
Although the Dutch empire was a world force at one point, the language has failed to reach such global scale as Spanish or English.
It is so closely related to both, that it is described as located between English and German. While its word order and vocabulary are more similar to German, Dutch lacks a case system and umlauts, much like English.
Afrikaans owes its origin to Dutch. Once a separate dialect spoken in southern Africa, it has now evolved into a mutually intelligible daughter language.
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