Learn how to use doheem & heem

Do you know when to say doheem and heem?

Do you know how to correctly say “I am at home” and “ I go home”. Are you, like many of my students, also struggling when trying to say this to someone?
Here is the answer: You have to ask the following questions:

1. Wou? (Where – Position) ⦿

Wou bass du?”. “Ech sinn doheem. – Where are you? I’m at home.
Wou waart dir gëschter? Mir sinn doheem bliwwen. – Where have you been yesterday? We stayed at home.

When do you say doheem? –  When you are at home.
When you use verbs which are expressing a position like:
sinn, hunn, bleiwen, schaffen, iessen, schlofen …
Examples:
Ech schaffe(n) freides moies doheem. – I work at home on Friday mornings.
Mir bleiwen normalerweis sonndes owes doheem. – We usually stay at home on Sunday evenings.

2. Wouhin? (Where – to what place)

Wouhi(n) gees du? Ech ginn heem. – Where do you go? I go home.
Wouhi(n) fueren deng Elteren elo? Si fueren heem. – Where do your parents drive now?- They’ll  drive home.

When do you say heem?When you go home.

Heem seldom stands alone. We use it most often with a verb which is expressing a movement like:
goen, fueren, kommen, fléien:
 ech kann heemgoen, heemfueren, heemkommen, heemfléien,
ech kann eng Persoun heemféieren, heembréngen.

SUMMARY –  Remember this:

Ech ginn heem. – I’m going home.
Ech sinn doheem. – I’m at home.

How to say going to someone’s house?

Do you know how to correctly say I’m going to my mum’s house?
Don’t make this mistake: Please don’t use the word Haus. It’s not a proper word.

‘I’m going today to my mum’s (house)’ is expressed by saying it the following way:
Ech ginn haut bei meng Mamm.  (Literally: I go today to my mum.)

That’s all you need. Sometimes the Luxembourgsih language is indeed devoted to simplicity:

Hie(n) fiert bei seng Elteren. (He’s going to his parents’ house.)
D’Kanner gi(nn) bei hir Grousselteren.
Mir kommen den Owend bei iech.
Eis Frënn kommen de Weekend bei eis.  

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I wonder what you do to always think of the correct word – doheem oder heem, especially when speaking? Do you have any tricks that you would like to share? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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