Just arrived in Luxembourg? Even if there are many people in Luxembourg speaking 3 or more languages, there are a few words or expressions you should know to integrate better in Luxembourg.
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.
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 LËTZEBUERGESCH?
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.
Want to go further in the conversation?
Luxembourg is a multilingual country, we have prepared a small French / English / Luxembourgish conversation guide which should help you in your first trips to Luxembourg.