How to introduce yourself in Luxembourgish

Do you know how to introduce yourself in Luxembourgish? You’ll learn how today, but first, let me tell you a story about a student. She has been learning Luxembourgish since 10 months already. However, she had no idea what to reply a few days ago when waiting for her daughter outside the school. She was standing for a few minutes when all of a sudden a mother who has just arrived said to her:

“Moien, ech sinn dem Marco seng Mamm. Sidd dir dem Julie seng Mamm?”

“Euh, moien…. jo, euh, ech sinn …..”

And then …. she did not know how to continue! She was searching her words to say:
“I am the mother of Julie. My name is ….” But she did not know how to say it and how to introduce herself.

Do you also struggle to introduce yourself in Luxembourgish?

It should be easy to say 3 lines about yourself. After all, you know yourself better than anyone else. When you introduce yourself, the vocabulary isn’t very complex. You usually know the words. So it’s easy to introduce yourself in Luxembourgish, right?

No, not always. It’s difficult to find the words in a conversation in a language you are about to learn. And you don’t feel very comfortable as well, then you make more mistakes. That’s normal.
So how do you introduce yourself in Luxembourgish correctly? It’s easier than you think. Let’s look.

How do I introduce myself in 3 easy steps?

  • Start with your name

At work
Start with your name and your job or your department. Simple really.
You can just say your first name and your job title. For example:
“Moien ech sinn den Tom. Ech hunn elo just als Comptabel hei ugefaangen am Marketing Service”.

Or, when meeting new friends:
“Moien, ech sinn den Tom. Ech sinn e(n) Frënd vum Marc a vum Carole.”

Or at the school of your child:
“Moien, ech sinn dem Julie seng Mamm. D’Julie ass mat ärem Meedchen / Jong an der Klass.”

  • Tell some relevant information about you

It’s polite and friendly to give some information about yourself. You can say something about your previous job, last weekend, child. For example:

At work:
“Virdrun, hunn ech als Jurist op enger Bank geschafft.”
“Ech hunn am Service Juridique während ongeféier 5 Joer geschafft.”

Or at friends places:
“De(n) Marc an d’Carole si(nn) meng Noperen. Mir kennen eis elo schonn 2 Joer.”

Or at the school of your child:
“D’Julie ass am Moment moies immens midd. Ech weess net firwat. Vläicht ass et d’Wieder.

  • Ask questions!

Small talk is like a ping pong game. Sometimes you ask questions, sometimes you give information.
And then, you can give the “conversation ball” back to the other person. A simple question like “What about you, what do you do?” is good if you haven’t already talked about the subject.
Other options:

At work:
“An du? Wéi laang schaffs du schonn hei?”
“Majo, scho(nn) 5 Joer. A(n) wou hues du virdru(n) geschafft?
“Ech war virdrun 8 Joer zu London an hunn do als Iwwersetzer geschafft.
“Zu London? A(n) wéi huet et dir do gefall?”

Or at friends places:
“Den Aperitif an d’Toasten schmaachen immens gutt! Wéi fannt dir se?”
“Jo ganz lecker. D’Carole kacht ëmmer ganz gutt ”
“ Ah sou! Also, ech kann net gutt kachen. Ech kachen eigentlech och net sou gär. An dir?”

You see! People usually like talking about themselves. Let the conversation develop, relax, and enjoy it. Even if you do mistakes.

Small talk starts with introducing yourself, but it’s just the beginning!
After you introduce yourself in Luxembourgish, you actually have to talk about something: Your experience, your projects, your weekend, I don’t know! That’s small talk. You talk about anything and everything!
Practice the vocabulary and expressions you need to make fluent small conversations.

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What about you?

Are you struggling to reply when someone is asking you a question? Share your experience with other language learners. I am looking forward to meeting you in the comments below.