German is one of the prevalent international languages learnt extensively throughout the world. It is the second most spoken language in Europe.
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It is not surprising that it is so common, given that it is the only official language in three countries (Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein) and ranks as an official language in another three (Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium).
German also ranks highly as a national minority language in yet another four countries (Poland, Denmark, Italy and Hungary).
While German shares mostly the same alphabet as English, it does have a special letter: "ß". This letter is known as the scharfes “s” (sharp “s”). It looks almost like a capital B, but it is definitely not. It is actually a short-form for the consonant blend “sz” known in German as Eszett. Interesting to note—it was 2017 before this unique letter ever got a capitalized version, ẞ.
In German, this overhaul is known as neue Rechtschreibung (new correct writing). The main goal of the overhaul was to standardize spelling and punctuation across all German-speaking countries.
The half-hour mark in German refers to the next hour coming up, not the previous one as is the case in British English. For example, halb neun is 8:30, not 9:30. You take it literally as “half nine” meaning 30 minutes before 9:00. This is quite different than “half nine” in British English, which would be 9:30, or the similar “half past nine” in American English.
So when you use halb referring to time in German, you have to think of the hour coming up, not the one that just passed.