© RTL / Julia Maaluf
Deciding where to start this series has not been easy. Should we begin with the very basics, like how to count to 10, or 100?
Perhaps how to ask for (or give) directions? Or the important stuff, like how to describe basic symptoms to a doctor?
In the end, we thought we'd take a conversational route, and build it from there. We'll structure each 'lesson' around a specific theme, without getting too deep into grammar details or building vocabulary - we'll have separate articles for that stuff, as it is.. How do we put this.. Well, it's a bit boring. It is important though, so we'll link to the other articles as we go.
Now, since this is our first lesson and we're all getting to know each other, let's start with how to introduce yourself. Below you will find some useful phrases and their English translation, as well as recordings showing you how to pronounce them.
Before we start
There are a few things you need to know before we start, and that's how to count to 100, the difference between d', de, and den, and what some common expat countries of origin are called. We've collected all of that right here.
Hello -> Moien (the French 'Salut' is also a very common informal greeting in Luxembourg)
Good morning -> Gudde Moien
Good afternoon -> Gudde Mëtteg
Good evening -> Gudden Owend
Sharing some basics
My name is... -> Mäin Numm ass... OR Ech sinn d' / de / den...
I come from *country* -> Ech kommen aus *Land*
I am XX years old -> Ech si(nn) XX Joer al
I work for RTL -> Ech schaffe fir (den) RTL
I have lived in Luxembourg for X years -> Ech wunne säit/zanter X Joer zu Lëtzebuerg
I live in village/city -> Ech wunnen zu...
Watch out for the capital!
Luxembourgers usually refer to Luxembourg City as simply d'Stad (literally: the city). Thus:
I live in Luxembourg City -> Ech wunnen an der Stad