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10 luxembourgish basic expressions to know

Because moving to a new country can sometimes be difficult in terms of language, Just Arrived now offers you 10 basic expressions useful to know when you arrive in Luxembourg! 

The official languages spoken in Luxembourg are of course Luxembourgish, but also French and German. However, Luxembourg natives will appreciate your effort to speak a little Lëtzebuergësch.

10 main phrases to know in Lëtzebuergësch

Moïen /Äddi

Although it is a bit overtraded, when you arrive in a new country it is very important to know how to say “hello” (Moien in Luxemburgish) and “goodbye” (Äddi) in the natives’ language in order to make contact and be courteous.

 Villmols merci

To thank someone in Luxemburgish, in all circumstances, the expression used is “Merci” or “Villmols Merci”. The answers to these would often be “Keng Ursaach” or “Gärgeschitt”, meaning “no problem” and “you’re welcome”.

Ech Heeschen (…)

Very important when you start a conversation with someone for the first time : introducing yourself ! It is a key step in administration or daily activities. To say “My name is” in Luxemburgish, say “Ech heeschen” followed by your name.

Et deet mer wierklech leed

When you bump into someone on the street or when you want to apologize for any other reason, this is the expression you need to use. It is the equivalent of “désolé(e)” in French or the British apologetical expression “really sorry!”.

 Ech sichen (…)

As a newcomer, when you are lost or looking for something in particular, just say “echsichen” followed by the name of the place, thing or person you are looking for. This sentence means “I’m looking for (…)”.

Kënnt dir e bësse méi lues schwätzen, wann ech gelift?

Everyone knows that understanding the natives when you arrive in a new country and learning the language can sometimes be complicated.

To ask your interlocutor to slow down so that you can understand what he or she is saying, this is the sentence you need to use! You can also justify this request by saying “Ech schwätzene bësse Lëtzebuergesch”, which means “I speak a little Luxemburgish”.

 Kënnt dir dat widderhuelen, wann ech gelift ?

Although with the best will in the world, it can be very difficult sometimes to understand the first time someone who speaks in a foreign language we are not familiar with. To ask someone to repeat what he or she just said in Luxemburgish, say “Kënnt Dir dat widderhuelen, wann ech gelift?”, meaning“Can you repeat, please?”.

 Wéi seet een dat op Lëtzebueresch?

If you learn Luxemburgish but do not know how to say something, ask the question “Wéi seet een dat op Lëtzebuergesch?”, which means “How do you say it in Luxemburgish?”.

 Wéi geet et Iech/Dir ?

One of the most basic questions used when starting a conversation is the famous “How are you?”, which means “Wéi geet et Iech?” in Luxemburgish. This is a sentence to which we often respond “Et geet mir gutt. A bäi dir?” (I’m doing well, and you?).

 Wat kann ech fir Iech maachen ?

This sentence is the luxemburgish equivalent of “What can I do for you?”in English. This is a useful expression when you are solicited by someone in Luxemburgish and you want to know why.

Essential words and phrases in Luxembourgish

The official languages spoken in Luxembourg are, of course, Luxembourgish, but also French and German.
When you arrive in Luxembourg and to integrate more easily, here are some useful words and phrases translated into French / English and Luxembourgish.

Luxembourgeois
Lëtzebuergesch
Luxembourguish
Anglais
Englesch
English
Moien Hello
Ech heeschen… My Name is…
Wéi geet et Iech ? How are you?
Et geet mir gutt.
A bäi dir (Iech)?
I am well.
And you?
Et freet mech Pleased to meet you
Ech wunnen an der Staad I live in town
Een Ament, wann ech gelift Just one moment please
Villmols merci Thank you very much
Et deet mer wierklech Leed I am really sorry
Et ass net schlëmm It is okay
Kënnt Dir e bësse méi lues
schwätzen, wann ech gelift ?
Could you speak
more slowly please?
Kënnt Dir dat widderhuelen, wann ech gelift ? Could you repeat that please?
Wéi seet een dat 
op Lëtzebuergesch ? How do you say that in Luxembourgish?
Ech léiere Lëtzebuergesch I am learning Luxembourgish
Wat kann ech fir
Iech maachen ?
How can I help you?
Ech si net averstanen I do not agree
Wéi spéit ass et ? Wéivill Auer ass et ? What is the time?
Ech sichen… I am looking for…
Ech hu keng Mënz I don’t have any change
Ech hunn de Kapp wéi I have a headache
Ech si krank I am not very well
Wéi ass d’Wieder ? What is the weather like?
D’Wieder ass schéin The weather is nice
Wat hu Dir als Plat du jour ? What is the dish of the day?
Gi mer e Patt huelen ? Shall we go and have a drink?

Children enrolled in the Luxembourg school system benefit from language support courses.

Lëtzebuerger Online Dictionnaire

This multilingual on-line dictionary produced by the Luxembourg Ministry of Culture lists the words of the Luxembourgish language with their translation into German, French, English and Portuguese. It should be useful to everyone … see www.lod.lu.

You can aslo check the spelling of a,luxembourgish word thanks to the online platform Spellchecker.lu.

So no more excuse! Start learning luxembourgish! We tell you here how and where.