Let’s learn Luxembourgish

This is the Catholic prayer called the "Ave Maria" in Luxembourgish.

This is the Catholic prayer called the “Ave Maria” in Luxembourgish.

Moien!

Do you not know what I just said? Well then, you must be a blithering idiot.

Just kidding.

But seriously, if you’re interested in learning the absolute basics of Luxembourgish, then you should visit this page from the BBC. It has a list of 12 words and phrases that might help when traveling to the Grand Duchy or when needing a party trick for some dull dinner party.

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I’m surprised at how much Luxembourgish I can actually read without ever having studied the language. Many of the words and phrases look and sound like those found in the German language. For example:

“I don’t know” in German is “Ich weiss nicht.”

“I don’t know” in Luxembourgish “Ech weess net.”

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Pretty cool, no? Maybe taking four years of German in high school wasn’t a waste.

Also, if you’re a Francophone and speak en français, you’ll notice, too, that some words in Luxembourg are stripped write from the French dictionary. For example:

“Thank you” in French is “Merci.”

“Thank you” in Luxembourgish is “Merci.”

I suppose the hybrid nature of Luxembourgish makes sense when looking at a map. Luxembourg is nestled between Germany and France. It’s also contiguous to Belgium, whose official languages are Dutch, French and German. I am unfamiliar with Dutch, but from cursory research, I can tell that it also asserts itself linguistically on Luxembourgish.

Before I sign off for the day, here’s one word that I’m sure will come in handy when strolling the streets of Luxembourg.

erfréieren

What does it mean?

TO FREEZE TO DEATH.

Äddi.

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