Moving to a new country can sometimes be difficult to understand and express yourself in a new language. Just Arrived offers you the basic expressions in Luxembourgish, useful to know when you arrive in Luxembourg!
The official languages spoken in Luxembourg are of course Lëtzebuergesch, which is the national language, but also French and German. However, native Luxembourgers will appreciate your effort to speak a little Luxembourgish.
It is important to know that more than 25,000 people arrive in Luxembourg every year, which is almost 4% of the population! It’s a good idea to speak a little Luxembourgish to facilitate contact and initial exchanges.
10 phrases to know in Luxembourgish
Even though it may seem a bit trivial, knowing how to say “hello” (Moien) and “goodbye” (Äddi) in the native language of the residents you are addressing is important in order to establish contact.
Wéi geet et Iech/dir ?
One of the most important questions to start a conversation is the famous ” How are you? “, which translates into Luxembourgish as ” Wéi geet et Iech? A phrase that will often be answered ” And geet mir gutt. A bäi dir? “(I’m fine, how about you?).
Villmools Thank you
To thank someone in Luxembourg, the expression is ” Merci ” or ” Villmols Merci”. You will often be told ” Keng Ursaach ” or ” Gär geschitt” which means “you’ re welcome” and “you’re welcome ” respectively.
Wann ech gelift
“Wann ech gelift” is the equivalent of“please” .
However, it is used a lot in Luxembourg, especially in stores when you hand something to someone, to pay for example.
Ech heeschen (…)/ Ech si(nn)
Very important when trying to start a conversation with someone: introduce yourself! In administration or in daily life, this is a key step. To say ” I am ” in Luxembourgish, say ” Ech heeschen ” followed by your first and last name.
You can also introduce yourself by saying“Ech sinn d’Madamm ... “(I am Mrs. ….) or“Ech si den Här ...”(I am Mr.… ) followed by your name
Et deet mer wierklech Leed
Whether you bump into someone on the street, or want to apologize for any other reason, this is the phrase to use. It is the equivalent of our “sorry!” or the famous British ” really sorry!
Ech sichen (…)
If you have just arrived and are lost or looking for something in particular, just say ” ech sichen ” followed by the place, thing or person you are looking for. This sentence is synonymous with ” I am looking for (…)”.
Kënnt Dir e bësse méi lues schwätzen, wann ech gelift?
Everyone knows: understanding native speakers when you arrive in a new country and learn the language can sometimes be complicated. If you want to ask your interlocutor to speak more slowly, in order to understand him better, here is the sentence to use: Kënnt Dir e bësse méi lues schwätzen, wann ech gelift?
You can justify this request with ” Ech schwätzen e bësse Lëtzebuergesch” which means ” I speak a little Luxembourgish “.
Kënnt Dir dat widderhuelen, wann ech gelift?
Sometimes, with all the good will in the world, understanding someone who speaks in a language that is still foreign to us can be very difficult. To ask someone to repeat what they have just told you in Luxembourgish, use ” Kënnt Dir dat widderhuelen, wann ech gelift?” which means ” Can you please repeat it? ” .
Wéi seet een dat op Lëtzebuergesch?
If you are learning Luxembourgish but don’t know the correct word to use for the thing you want to refer to, ask ” Wéi seet een dat op Lëtzebuergesch? ” which means ” how do you say that in Luxembourgish? “
Wat kann ech fir Iech maachen?
This phrase is the equivalent of our French ” what can I do for you? A very useful expression when someone asks you in Luxembourgish and you want to know why.
Essential words and phrases in Luxembourgish
You want to go further in the conversation? Luxembourg is a multilingual country, so we have prepared a short French / English / Luxembourgish conversation guide for you. It should help you in your first outings in Luxembourg or when looking for a job.
When you arrive in Luxembourg and in order to integrate more easily, here are some useful words and phrases translated into French and Luxembourgish.
|My name is…||Ech heeschen…|
|How are you doing?||Wéi geet and Iech?|
|I am fine.
|And geet mir gutt.
A bäi dir (Iech)?
|Nice to meet you||Et freet mech|
|I live in the city||Ech wunnen an der Staad|
|One moment please||Een Ament, wann ech gelift|
|Thank you very much||Villmols merci|
|I’m really sorry||Et deet mer wierklech Leed|
|This is not a problem||Et ass net schlëmm|
|Can you talk about
a little more slowly
|Kënnt Dir e bësse méi lues
schwätzen, wann ech gelift?
|Could you please repeat that?||Kënnt Dir dat widderhuelen, wann ech gelift?|
|How do you say that in Luxembourgish?||Wéi seet een dat op Lëtzebuergesch?|
|I am learning Luxembourgish||Ech léiere Lëtzebuergesch|
|What can I do for you?||Wat kann ech fir
Iech maachen ?
|I don’t agree||Ech si net averstanen|
|What time is it?||Wéi spéit ass et ? Wéivill Auer ass and ?|
|I am looking for…||Ech sichen…|
|I don’t have any change||Ech hu keng Mënz|
|I have a headache||Ech hunn de Kapp wéi|
|I am sick||Ech si krank|
|What is the weather like?||Wéi ass d’Wieder?|
|The weather is fine||D’Wieder ass schéin|
|What is the dish of the day?||Wat hu Dir als Plat du jour?|
|Shall we have a drink?||Gi mer e Patt huelen ?|
Lëtzebuerger Online Dictionary
This multilingual online dictionary established by the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture lists the words of the Luxembourg language with their translation in German, French, English and Portuguese.
It also includes all the basic grammar and conjugations.
It should be useful to everyone… You can consult it on the website www.lod.lu .
The Spellchecker.lu platform also allows you to check the spelling of a word in Luxembourgish.
No more excuses to start learning Luxembourgish!
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