The Dutch language
Dutch is a West-Germanic language within the Germanic language family. Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands, Belgium, Suriname and the Dutch Antilles. Dutch is the largest Germanic language after English and German. There are more than 22 million native speakers and another 5 million people that speak Dutch as a second language. Although it seems quite similar to other languages from the same language family, there are important subtle differences between, for example, German and Dutch.