“I just get by so well without it, everybody speaks French, German and/or English, it’s amazing!”
“I just can’t face learning yet another language” (often combined with first statement)
“There’s no way I’ll need it when I move on” (often combined with first statement)
“It’s such a funny little language” (“funny” either as in hard to learn or unnecessary to learn, related to all above statements)
These may very well be fairly valid excuses, and Luxembourg certainly makes it very easy for expats to get by in other languages than their own, yet I’m sure most of us can come up with as many reasons to learn as excuses not to, for ourselves and for the local community. Door opener would be one of the obvious reasons.
Now Liz Wenger opens a door to the Luxembourgish language with her book “Learn Luxembourgish: an English Beginner’s Guide to Teach Yourself Luxembourgish”.
Her book might just be a kick in the butt to get started; aimed at adults and young adults who speak English as their mother language and as their second or third language, and who want to start learning Luxembourgish without necessarily having to go to a class. Or, if you already attend a class, the book provides valuable additional practice and explanations.
It is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (beginner level A1.1/A1.2) and teaches you for example how to meet & greet, describe (yourself, other persons, things), do small talk (your job, daily life, activities…) and make appointments and ask for something. It includes audio tracks and online vocabulary flash cards for when you’re on the go.
Liz is a certified Luxembourgish teacher devoted to promoting and cultivating Luxembourgish culture and language, mainly through her website learnluxembourgish.com with over 2000 followers on social media. She grew up in Luxembourg, studied in Scotland and is now an expat herself, living in Canada with her husband and son.
OK, so Luxembourgish might be a funny little language – maybe even “funny” as in fun to learn, and wouldn’t it be fun to be able to speak it? Or as Liz Wenger puts it: “It’s about improving yourself and your life at every level: Knowing what your family, friends, neighbours, coworkers, clients and customers are saying, taking part in the social, cultural and political life, and, on an intellectual level, exercising your brain and expanding your mind”.
Komm, mir léiere Lëtzebuergesch! Let’s learn Luxembourgish!
Check out Liz’ book signing tour here and go get yourself a guide. Gotta’ start somewhere!
“Learn Luxembourgish: an English Beginner’s Guide to Teach Yourself Luxembourgish” │written by Liz Wenger and proofread by Jackie Messerich│available in March in Luxembourg book stores and online on http://www.learnluxembourgish.com