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Basic Words and Phrases in Luxembourgish

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About Luxembourgish

Luxembourgish is a West Germanic language primarily spoken in Luxembourg. It is one of the official languages of Luxembourg, alongside French and German. Luxembourgish shares similarities with other Germanic languages, particularly German and Dutch. It has its own unique grammar and vocabulary, with influences from French and other neighboring languages. Luxembourgish uses the Latin-based alphabet with additional characters. It has a phonetic orthography that aids in pronunciation. Luxembourgish is an important part of Luxembourg's cultural and linguistic identity and is used in various domains, including literature, media, and everyday communication among the Luxembourgish population.

Basic Words and Phrases

Learning a foreign language opens up a world of opportunities, allowing you to connect with people from different cultures and expand your horizons. Whether you're planning a trip or simply curious about a new language, mastering some basic words and phrases is a great place to start.

Yes
Jo
No
Nee
Please
Wann ech gelift
Yes, please
Jo, wann ech gelift
No, thank you
Nee, merci
Thanks
Merci
Thank you
Merci
Thank you very much
Villmols merci
You're welcome
Gär geschitt
No problem
Keng Problem
Excuse me
Entschëllegt
I’m sorry
Et deet mir leed
Sorry
Pardon
Cheers!
Prost!
Okay
Okay

Greetings

Greetings are an essential part of any language. Saying "hello" and "goodbye" can create an instant connection with native speakers. In many languages, "hello" is a universal term, but learning the specific greeting for the language you're interested in can show respect and appreciation. Similarly, learning how to say "goodbye" will help you leave a positive impression.

Hi
Salut
Hello
Moien
Good day
Gudden Dag
Good morning
Gudde moien
Good afternoon
Gudde Mëtteg
Good evening
Gudden Owend
Good night
Gutt Nuecht
Goodbye
Äddi
See you later!
Bis herno!
Have a nice day!
Schéine Dag!
Bye
Äddi

Conversations

Next, let's explore basic conversation starters. Asking "how are you?" or "what's your name?" in another language is a friendly way to engage with others. These simple phrases can pave the way for more meaningful conversations and help you build rapport.

How are you?
Wéi geet et dir?
I'm fine
Et geet mir gutt
Good, thank you!
Gutt, merci!
And you?
A bäi dir?
Nice to meet you!
Schéin de kennen ze léieren!
Pleased to meet you!
Freet mech de kennen ze léieren!
What is your name?
Wéi heeschs du?
My name is …
Ech heeschen …
Where are you from?
Vu wou bass du?
I am from …
Ech kommen aus …
I don't speak Luxembourgish
Ech schwätzen keng Lëtzebuergesch
Do you speak English?
Schwätz du Englesch?
I understand
Ech verstinn
I do not understand
Ech verstinn net
I like it
Et gefält mir
I don't like it
Et gefält mer net
How is the weather today?
Wéi ass d'Wieder haut?
Can you recommend any local attractions?
Kënnt dir lokal Attraktiounen empfeelen?

Hotel

When staying at a hotel in a foreign country, it's helpful to be familiar with some phrases that can assist you during your stay. Here are a few key phrases you can use in a hotel.

Hotel
Hotel
Reception
Réception
Reservation
Reservatioun
Hotel room
Hotelzimmer
Key
Schlëssel
Breakfast
Frühstück
I have a reservation
Ech hun eng Reservatioun
I would like to book a room
Ech géif gären e Zimmer reservéieren
Do you have any rooms available?
Hutt Dir Zëmmer disponibel?

Restaurant

When dining at restaurants in a foreign country, it's helpful to know phrases that can assist you during your meal. Being able to request a table, order food and drinks, and ask for the bill are important for a pleasant dining experience.

Restaurant
Restaurant
Menu
Menü
A table for one, please
En Dësch fir een, wann ech glift
A table for two, please
En Dësch fir zwee, wann ech glift
I would like a coffee, please
Ech hätt gär e Kaffi, wann ech glift
Enjoy your meal!
Gudden Appetit!
Can I have the bill, please?
Kann ech d’Rechnung kréien, wann ech glift?
Can you bring me the bill, please?
Kënnt dir mer d'Rechnung, w.e.g.?
I would like to pay, please
Ech géif gären bezuelen, wann ech glift
The bill, please
D’Rechnung, wann ech glift
Can I pay with cash?
Kann ech mat boer bezuelen?
Can I pay with card?
Kann ech mat Kaart bezuelen?
Can I pay with credit card?
Kann ech mat Kreditkaart bezuelen?
Could you suggest something for me?
Kënnt Dir eppes fir mech uginn?
Can I have a glass of water, please?
Kann ech e Glaas Waasser kréien, wann ech gelift?
Do you have any local specialties?
Hutt dir lokal Spezialitéiten?

Food and drinks

Being able to order food and drinks, ask for recommendations, and express preferences or dietary restrictions will enhance your dining experience and allow you to explore the local cuisine.

Breakfast
Frühstück
Lunch
Mëttegiessen
Dinner
Aessen
Food
Iessen
Drinks
Gedrénks
Bread
Brout
Sandwich
Sandwich
Cheese
Kéis
Meat
Fleesch
Fish
Fësch
Vegetables
Geméis
Fruit
Uebst
Vegetarian
Vegetaresch
I am a vegetarian
Ech sinn e Vegetarier
Coffee
Kaffi
Tea
Téi
Beer
Béier
Wine
Wäin
Juice
Saft
Water
Waasser
Milk
Mëllech
Dessert
Dessert
Salad
Salat
Soup
Zopp

Places and Services

Just like how saying hello helps you connect with others, exploring phrases related to locations and services can greatly enhance your travel experience. Whether you're looking for important places like banks or post offices, these expressions can open up doors to immersing yourself in the local culture.

ATM
Geldautomat
Bank
Bank
Beach
Strooss
Library
Bibliothéik
Park
Park
Pharmacy
Apothik
Post Office
Postamt
Tourist Information
Touristeninformatioun
Museum
Musée

Shopping

Knowing how to ask for the price, request a different size or color, or simply say "I'm just looking" can be useful when shopping in local markets or stores.

Store
Buttek
Supermarket
Supermarché
Grocery store
Supermarché
Market
Maart
Bakery
Bäckerei
Bookstore
Buchhandlung
How much does this cost?
Wéivill kascht dat?
Can I get a receipt?
Kann ech eng Quittung kréien?
I'm just looking
Ech kucken just
Sunglasses
Sonnenbrëll
Umbrella
Schërm

Directions

Learning phrases related to asking for directions, understanding common landmarks, and getting around the city will help you navigate unfamiliar places with ease.

Where is the toilet?
Wou ass d’Toilette?
Where is the beach?
Wou ass d’Plage?
How do I get to the airport?
Wéi komm ech op den Flughafen?
Left
Lénks
Right
Riets
Straight ahead
Geradeaus
Is it far from here?
Ass et wäit vun hei?
Can you show it on the map?
Kënnt dir et op der Kaart weisen?
How long does it take to walk there?
Wéi laang dauert et, fir dorhin ze goen?

Transport

Familiarizing yourself with phrases for using public transportation, such as asking for a ticket, stating your destination, or inquiring about schedules, will make your travel experience smoother and more efficient.

Airport
Flughafen
Plane
Fliger
Train station
Gare
Train
Zuch
Bus station
Bushaltestell
Bus
Bus
Taxi
Taxi
Ticket
Billett
Can I get a ticket to Luxembourg?
Kann ech e Billett no Lëtzebuerg kréien?
I would like a ticket to Luxembourg
Ech géif gär e Billett no Lëtzebuerg hunn
I need a ticket to Luxembourg
Ech brauch e Billett no Lëtzebuerg
A ticket to Luxembourg, please
Ech hätt gär e Billett no Lëtzebuerg
What time is the next train to Luxembourg?
Wéi vill Auer ass de nächste Zuch no Lëtzebuerg?
When is the next train to Luxembourg?
Wann ass de nächste Zuch no Lëtzebuerg?
When does the next train to Luxembourg leave?
Wann geet de nächste Zuch no Lëtzebuerg of?

Emergencies

When you're in a different country, it's really important to be aware of emergency phrases such as 'help,' 'hospital,' and 'police.' Using expressions like 'emergency' and 'I need help' can help you overcome language barriers and make sure you're ready for any unexpected situations that might occur. Having a good grasp of these phrases will help keep you safe and give you peace of mind while traveling.

Help!
Hëllef!
Help me!
Hëlleft mir!
I need help
Ech brauchen Hëllef
I need assistance
Ech brauchen Hëllef
I need a doctor
Ech brauch en Dokter
Police
Police
Police Station
Polizeistatioun
Hospital
Spidol
Ambulance
Ambulanz
Doctor
Dokter
Fire department
Feierwier
Fire!
Feier!

Time

Effortlessly asking and telling the time enhances your travel experience, from coordinating schedules to catching transportation, adding a valuable layer to your linguistic toolkit for effective communication during your stay.

What time is it?
Wéi spéit ass et?
It is one o'clock
Et ass eng Auer
It is half past two
Et ass hallwer dräi
Morning
Muer
Afternoon
Nomëttes
Evening
Owend
Night
Nuecht
Today
Haut
Tomorrow
Muer
Yesterday
Gëschter

Numbers

Learning numbers is essential for tasks like counting, ordering quantities, or understanding prices.

Zero
Null
One
Eent
Two
Zwee
Three
Dräi
Four
Véier
Five
Fënnef
Six
Sechs
Seven
Siwen
Eight
Aacht
Nine
Néng
Ten
Zéng
Eleven
Eelef
Twelve
Zwielef
Thirteen
Dräizéng
Fourteen
Véierzéng
Fifteen
Fofzéng
Sixteen
Siechzéng
Seventeen
Siwwenzéng
Eighteen
Uechtzéng
Nineteen
Nonzéng
Twenty
Zwanzeg
Twenty-one
Ennanzwanzeg
Twenty-two
Zweeanzwanzeg
Twenty-three
Dräianzwanzeg
Twenty-four
Véieranzwanzeg
Twenty-five
Fënnefanzwanzeg
Twenty-six
Sechanzwanzeg
Twenty-seven
Siwenanzwanzeg
Twenty-eight
Aachtanzwanzeg
Twenty-nine
Nénganzwanzeg
Thirty
Drësseg
Forty
Véierzeg
Fifty
Fofzeg
Sixty
Siechzeg
Seventy
Siwwenzeg
Eighty
Uechtzeg
Ninety
Nonzeg
Hundred
Honnert
Two hundred
Zweehonnert
One thousand
Dausend
Two thousand
Zweidausend
Three thousand
Dreidausend
Hundred thousand
Honnerddausend
Million
Millioun

Ordinal Numbers

Ordinal numbers play a crucial role in conveying sequence and order. Whether you're navigating travel itineraries, selecting seats, or exploring historical sites, understanding expressions like 'first,' 'second,' and so on is essential.

First
Éischte
Second
Zweete
Third
Drëtten
Fourth
Véierte
Fifth
Fënnefte
Sixth
Sësste
Seventh
Siwwente
Eighth
Achte
Ninth
Néngte
Tenth
Zéngte
Eleventh
Elft
Twelfth
Zwielef
Thirteenth
Dräizéngt
Fourteenth
Véierzéngt
Fifteenth
Fënnefzéngt
Sixteenth
Sëssezéngt
Seventeenth
Siwwenzéngt
Eighteenth
Achdezéngt
Nineteenth
Néngdezéngt
Twentieth
Zwanzegst

Days of the week

Knowing the names of the days of the week will help you schedule activities, make appointments, or plan your itinerary.

Monday
Méindeg
Tuesday
Dënschdeg
Wednesday
Mëttwoch
Thursday
Donneschdeg
Friday
Freideg
Saturday
Samschdeg
Sunday
Sonndeg

Months

Being familiar with the names of the months will allow you to discuss dates, make reservations, or talk about specific time frames.

January
Januar
February
Februar
March
Mäerz
April
Abrëll
May
Mee
June
Juni
July
Juli
August
August
September
September
Oktober
Oktober
November
November
December
Dezember

Question Words

Understanding basic question words like who, what, where, when, why, and how will enable you to ask for information or clarification in various situations.

What?
Wat?
What is your name?
Wat ass däin Numm?
What is that?
Wat ass dat?
What is this called?
Wat heescht dat?
What do you need?
Wat brauchs du?
What day is it today?
Wat fir en Dag ass et haut?
What do you like?
Wat gefällt dir?
Where?
Wou?
Where is the toilet?
Wou ass d’Toilette?
When?
Wéini?
When is the next train?
Wéini ass den nächsten Zuch?
When can we meet?
Wéini kënne mir eis treffen?
Why?
Firwat?
Why is it expensive?
Firwat ass et deier?
How?
Wéi?
How are you doing?
Wéi geet et?
How would you like to pay?
Wéi géifs du wëllen bezuelen?
How far is this?
Wéi wäit ass dat?
Which?
Wéi eng?
Which museums did you visit?
Wéi eng Muséeën hutt Dir besicht?
Who?
Wer?
Who is that?
Wer ass dat?
Who is your travel companion?
Wer ass däin Reesebegleet?
Whose?
Wien seng?
Whose keys are these?
Wien seng Schlësselen sinn dës?
Whose phone is ringing?
Wessen Handy kléngt?
Whose bag is this?
Wessen Tasch ass dat?
How many?
Wéi vill?
How many people were at the concert?
Wéi vill Leit waren um Concert?
How much?
Wéi vill?
How much does this cost?
Wéi vill kascht dat?

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Abbreviations used

infInformal
frmFormal
fFeminine
mMasculine
sgSingular
plPlural

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