As a Germanic language it is sometimes considered a cousin of English. Much of the grammar for German is generally similar to English, but more complex, e.g. German still has a dative form. German speakers are often able to learn English well.
In German, all nouns are capitalised.
There are a number of cognates between English and German, mostly everyday words. Examples include
- German Hund, English "hound", meaning dog.
- German Hand, English "hand", meaning hand.