Welcome to our post about 20 practical, pretty and useful Luxembourgish Words to learn. The country of Luxembourg is a beautiful place for travels, visiting longer term or just for a day trip from a neighbouring country. But did you know they have their own language? Luxembourgish is an official language of the residents in Luxembourg, with it being taught at school and for residency citizenship. Below we’ve highlighted some practical, pretty and useful Luxembourgish words and sayings to learn for your stay.
What Is Luxembourgish? or rather Lëtzebuergesch!
The history of the Luxembourg language dates back to being the national language from 1984. Luxembourgish has a Moselle-Franconian dialect which was mostly spoken until the 19th century. The combination of Luxembourgish is made up with French, Dutch and German (with some English thrown in too!), which makes sense due to the geography of the country.
These days it’s becoming more popular again, due to social media and the younger generation picking up the language better in schools.
Interestingly you can also find the language of Luxembourgish in Mid-West America and Transylvania in Romania.
A recent study also showed that 70.5% of the population use Luxembourgish in their daily lives, be this at work, at school or at home. So what are you waiting for, if you are visiting as a tourist or plan to stay longer, see below a list of practical and pretty Luxembourgish words we suggest you learn.
Most Practical And Pretty Luxembourgish
Here are some of the practical and pretty Luxembourgish words that can be learnt and used during a vacation or for those wanting to live longer in the beautiful country of Luxembourg:
Translates to: Hello
This of course is nice to learn since you will use it everywhere, such as in the supermarkets, at restaurants and within the local shops.
Äddi / Äddi soen
Translates to: Bye / Good bye
This goes well with the hello of course. Be nice and say goodbye to those who helped you when leaving a place like a local shop or restaurant.
Wann ech gelift
Translates to: Please
Saying please can do a long way in being kind, welcoming and polite in any language. If you need anything or asking something, don’t forget to through in an easy please into it for politeness. Kindness goes a long way!
Wéi geet et? / Geet et?
Translates to: How are you?
If you want to try and make some small talk, ask how the person is doing. They may answer with the following Luxembourgish word below.
This is used often when something is literally tip-top – such as feeling excellent or happy about something specific. You can also use it as a response if someone asks if you are good with the situation or activity.
Translates to: Thank you
Yep, since Luxembourgish locals use also French, thank you is the same as in the French language. It’s kind to use this everywhere so a little French is also warm welcomed in the country of Luxembourg.
Translates to: Your welcome
A well used saying in English, using this shows you appreciate the thank you or that you were happy to assist in the question or situation you were in.
Jo / Nee
Translates to: Yes / No
Pretty straight forward for these two, easy to learn and remember for those easy questions that only require an easy yes or no as a response.
Translates to: A bit
To be used when you want to talk about something or need a little bit of something. Such as turning up the music a bit or if someone asks if you are hungry and you share that you are a bit.
Translates to: Excuse Me
Good to use if you did not hear what the person was saying to you, or to say this when you would like to get around someone such as in the supermarket and you need to pass by with your trolly.
Schéinen Dag nach!
Translates to: Have a nice day!
Always a nice saying to share when you are leaving a shop, restaurant or any local activity. Wishing someone a nice day is nice in any language, so pick it up for Luxembourg too!
Een huelen / Eppes drénken goen
Translates to: To go have a drink
This is a practical saying for when you want to go have a drink with someone.
Kann ech de Menu kréien?
Translates to: May I see the menu?
For those moments you sit down at a restaurant but don’t yet have a menu from the waiter or waitress.
Translates to: Cheers!
Want to celebrate and hold up your wine/champagne/beer glasses? Don’t forget to say Prost in celebration with everyone at the same time!
Translates to: Running some errands
Perfect for when you need to pop up to the post office, supermarket or any other errands on your to do list.
Translates to: Come on / hurry up
To be used when you want to persuade someone to come along to something or if you need them to hurry up if they are late.
And some typical but interesting Luxembourgish insults:
So if you are trying to integrate into living in Luxembourg and want to learn some interesting Luxembourgish words and sayings as insults, here are a few used:
Du bass sou gescheit wéi e Koup Kräsi!
Translates to: You are as clever as a pile of rocks
Basically used when someone is telling another that they are pretty stupid like the rocks on the ground.
Rutsch mer de Bockel erof!
Translates to: Slide down my hump
This one is to be used when you are angry and you want the person you are angry with to basically go away and get lost.
Du falschen Hond!
Translates to: You insincere dog
Usually used if the person who said it feels betrayed about the topic you are discussing.
Translates as: A talker/bragger
This is used towards someone who talks so much or brags about things or themselves a lot.
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