German sign

A sign in the German language stating "Smoking, open light and fire prohibited"

German was a Human language spoken on Earth, specifically in the countries of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

German was the language spoken by the Nazi regime of the early 20th century, although many were also proficient in English. (VOY: "The Killing Game"; ENT: "Zero Hour", "Storm Front")

Ensign Hoshi Sato began speaking German while dreaming about her students back on Earth, and again later while attempting to break the lock out code in the decon chamber in 2154, while under the effects of a silicon-based virus. (ENT: "Observer Effect")


An ancient star chart in German

An ancient star chart in the German language can be found in the opening credits of Star Trek: Enterprise.

Upon hearing Carl Jaeger's German name in 2267, Trelane asked him in German if he were a German soldier and reenacted part of a German marching song, singing "Ein Deutsch Soldat, nein? Ein, zwei, drei, vier, gehen wir mit dem Schießgewehr!". ("A German soldier, no? One, two, three, four, we go/walk with rifles") (TOS: "The Squire of Gothos")

"Wunderkind" was a German word meaning "wonderchild". Doctor Paul Stubbs referred to himself and to Wesley Crusher as a wunderkind. Wesley recognized the word as being German. (TNG: "Evolution")

When a holographic Albert Einstein was conversing with Reginald Barclay after his intellect had been enhanced by the Cytherian probe, Einstein exclaimed Grüß Gott when Barclay showed him a revolutionary new way to look at the Theory of General Relativity. (TNG: "The Nth Degree")

"Grüß Gott" means "(God bless you, literally) Greet God" in English. It is more likely that Einstein meant to say "Mein Gott" which is "My God" in English or "Großer Gott" which is "Great God", which is an exclamation which Einstein would have, in context, been more likely to have used.

A holographic representation of Sigmund Freud also spoke German, uttering "Nein,nein,nein" ("No,no,No") when Jean-Luc Picard failed to grasp the meaning of one of Data's dreams in 2370. (TNG: "Phantasms")

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