Sech Treffen, Treffen, Begéinen, Kenneléieren


Use kenneléieren (learning to know) when encountering or meeting a person for the first time.


Schéin dech kennenzeléieren. Nice to meet you.
Schéin Iech kennenzeléieren. Nice to meet you. ( formal)
Ech hu mäi Mann op der Uni kennegeléiert. I met my husband at university.
Mir hunn interessant Leit an der Vakanz kennegeléiert. We met some interesting people on holidays.

The perfect tense of kenneléieren is kennegeléiert.
Kenneléieren  is a separable verb: used in a simple sentence and in the present tense you say: Op enger Party léieren ech oft Leit kennen.

Sech Treffen

Use sech treffen ( to meet with) for spending time with someone for discussion (business, politics, etc.) or to meet someone on purpose.


Ech treffe mech haut mam Kathy an der Stad fir e Kaffi drénken ze goen. I meet with Cathy today in town to have a coffee.
Mir treffen eis den Owend um Glacis fir an de Kino ze goen. We meet this evening on the Glacis to go to the cinema.
Mir hunn eis virun der Reunioun getraff fir iwwer de Projet ze schwätzen. We met before the meeting to talk about the project.
Komm mir treffen eis virun der Post. Let’s meet in front of the Post office.

You cannot just meet without an object or person. This is different to English: 
We meet at 9.00 – is totally fine in Englsih.
But: Mir treffen um 9.00 – is not correct in Luxembourgish. We have to say what we meet someone or ourselves.
Mir treffen eis um 9.00 Auer –  is correct

As you can see, the eis is NOT translated. It is just their in Luxembourgish because grammar wants it. And it always wants it… also in questions:
Wéini kënne mir eis treffen? When can we meet?
The eis / ons has to be there. Without it the phrase sounds really odd to a Luxembourger.

Treffen, begéinen

Treffen, begéinen (to meet, to bump into) are two ways to say “get together” for socializing or encountering someone by chance.


Ech hunn deng Schwëster haut am Kino begéint / getraff. I met (by chance) your sister today in the cinema.
Ech hunn haut meng Schwéierelteren an der Stad begéint / getraff. I met today  my parents in law in town.
Rot emol, wien ech gëschter begéint / getraff hunn! Guess who I met yesterday.

The perfect tense of treffen is getraff.


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