In English, several types of words are capitalized in titles that are not normally capitalized. In German, are words capitalized in the same way? And if not, how are they capitalized?
In German there are no extra rules for capitalization of titles. This means: Titles are capitalized exactly according to the same rules as any other German text.
Rules of thumb:
- Standard: All words are written with lower case characters only.
- Exceptions from that standard:
2.1. The first letter of all nouns is always written as an uppercase letter.
2.2. The first letter of the first word in a sentence is always written as an uppercase letter.
There are also other rules, that clarify which word takes the role of a noun in a sentence, and which one doesn't, which can be quite tricky sometimes, and of course you can also use CAPS LOCK, which means: write everything in uppercase letters only, but you can do this in titles as well as in normal texts.
I give you an example:
There was a movie with this English title:
As you can see, all words except "in" and "their" have been capitalized. The German title of this movie is:
You can see: Only three words are capitalized:
Because it is the first word
- Männer, Kisten
Because they are nouns
All other words are neither nouns nor the first word, and therefore written all in lowercase letters.