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The time has come to introduce you to the most ubiquitous conversation topic you'll encounter: the weather.
In our first lesson, you've learned how to introduce yourself as well as some key grammar elements of the Luxembourgish language. So, now that you can confidently share your name and country of origin with the rest of the Grand Duchy, the time has come to introduce you to the most ubiquitous conversation topic you'll encounter: the weather.
Hi there, nice to have you back for our second lesson! We'd love to say that as our way of expressing our gratitude, we have a special treat for you in today's lesson, but as you've already read the title and introduction, you know that that might just be a little bit of a stretch…
While it is true that talking about the weather is probably among the dullest and most boring conversations, it is at the same time one you're likely to have more often than any other. It is the safety net of social interaction, the one exchange you'll always be able to return to in order to fill the awkward silence that inevitably arises whenever you cross paths with acquaintances or that one elderly neighbour down the street.
Before we start
In order to keep this article nice and slim, we have a separate page for this lesson's vocabulary list. If you're the type of person who likes to create a and use flashcards to revise and grow their vocabulary, you can find that right here.
On that page, you'll also find our Language Basics 2 article, which will introduce you to the concept of grammatical gender. As always, if you're not interested in the grammar stuff, just keep on reading to get right to the conversational part of this lesson.
So, it's happened: you've been cornered and under the pressure of societal expectations you are now forced to engage in small talk. You've already introduced yourself to this person and you reckon that it might be just a bit weird to do that again. You need a new conversation topic, and even if it is incredibly dull, the weather does have the advantage of always "happening" – might as well share your observations then!
You might start off by saying something like:
It's quite sunny / cloudy / rainy / windy today
Et ass nawell sonneg / wollekeg / reenereg / vill Wand haut
Pro Tip: Want to sound even more like a native? Try and add a gell to the end of the above statement! The Luxembourgish gell is roughly the equivalent of saying "isn't it?" or similar phrases in English. So, if you want to say "It's quite sunny today, isn't it?", you say Et ass nawell sonneg haut, gell?
I hope it's not going to rain today -> Ech hoffen, et wäert haut net reenen
Let's hope we won't need an umbrella today -> Hoffe mer mol, datt mir haut kee Prabbeli brauchen
You might also want to ask about the weather by saying something like:
What's the weather going to be today?
Wéi gëtt d'Wierder haut? ->
Of course, the other person might also ask YOU what the weather's going to be like. To reply, you can say:
I've heard / read that… -> Ech hunn héieren / hu gelies, datt…
On the radio they said that… -> Um Radio soten se, datt…
… it's going to rain today -> …et haut reene soll
… it's going to be sunny today -> … mer haut vill Sonn kréien (lit: "we'll have a lot of sun today")
… it's going to be cold today -> … et haut soll kal ginn
… it's going to be hot today -> … et haut soll waarm ginn
Pro Tip: A weather colloquialism that you'll hear (and use) quite often in Luxembourg:
Et reent wéi mat Eemeren -> It rains in buckets (i.e. a lot)