How to start a conversation in Luxembourgish – part 2

 

In this lesson we will be learning 5 new conversation  topics with examples of questions you can ask to get a conversation started for each topic.

The biggest secret to becoming a great conversationalist is not learning to talk more fluently about more topics or improving your Luxembourgish grammar or vocabulary. No! It’s so simple you might be surprised:

ASK MORE QUESTIONS

Most of the topics below include an observation followed by a question. This is the best way to get people talking about themselves.

So let’s get started with today’s lesson.  Sou, lass!

1 Talking about your next holidays

The holidays are always an interesting topic. Usually people like talking about their next holidays. Here are some useful phrases to start a conversation about that topic. Here is an easy and straightforward question:

Wouhi gees du dëst Joer an d’Vakanz? Where are you (informal) going on holidays this year?

But if you want something more original, try this:

Endlech! Déi nächst Woch ass Schoulvakanz. Hutt Dir schonn eppes vir? Finally! Next week is school holidays. Do you (formal) have already something planned?

Ech fueren, wéi ëmmer, am Februar an de Wantersport. An du? Gees du och am Wanter an d’Vakanz?  I go, as always, in February in the winter sports. What about you? Do you go as well on holidays in winter?

2  Talking about your previous holidays

Here is a straightforward way to ask someone you know well or a colleague at work how their vacation was.

Ah, du bass zeréck aus der Vakanz? An, wéi war et?  Oh, you are back from vacation? And, how was it?

War et flott an der Vakanz? Erziel mol!  Was it nice on holidays? Tell me!

Ech hunn op FB Fotoe gesi vun denger Vakanz an Irland. Wéi war et? I’ve seen on FB pictures from your vacation in Ireland. How was it?

Gesi is the verb gesinn which means “to see”. In this phrase gesinn follows the n-rule and therefore you should say and write gesi.

3 Complementing someone about their clothes or hairstyle

Small talk is essential when it comes to do some compliments about the hairstyle, clothes or accessory The best way to get people talking is to make an observation followed by a question. For example:

Deng nei Frisur geet dir immens gutt. Bei wat fir e Coiffeur gees du? Your new hairstyle suits you very well. To which hairdresser do you go?

Äre Schal gefält mir gutt. Däerf ech froen, wou Dir e kaaft hutt? I like your scarf a lot. May I ask, where you bought it?

Däi Brëll ass cool. Hues du en hei zu Lëtzebuerg kaaft? Your glasses are cool. Did you buy them here in Luxembourg?

4 Food – in a restaurant or at friends

Like the topic holidays, everybody likes talking about food. It can be in a restaurant with friends or work colleagues:

Ech mengen, ech huele just eng Zalot. An du? I think, I only take a salad. What about you (informal)?

Meng Nuddele sinn zimlech fad. An, wéi ass däi Plat? My pasta is quite tasteless. And, how is your dish?

Your Luxembourgishs friends  invited you to their house for dinner or lunch. Here are two examples how to start a conversation when you are invited at friends:

Deng Entrée schmaacht immens gutt. Wéi hues du se gemaach? Your starter tastes very good. How did you make it?

Ech fannen däin Dessert apaart gutt. Kéins du mir d’Rezept soen? I find your desert especially good. Could you tell me the recepy?

5 Talking about social media or movies

Ech hu gëschter eppes Interessantes op FB gelies. Ech hunn et gedeelt. Hues du et scho gelies? I read something interesting on FB yesterday. I hav shared it. Have you read it already?

Ech kucken am Moment eng flott Serie op Netflix. Kucks du och Serien op Netflix, oder wat kucks du esou?  I’m watching at the moment a nice series on Netflix. Do you watch as well series on Netflix, or what do you watch usually?

RECAP

So just to recap, here are the expressions from today:

Wouhi gees du dëst Joer an d’Vakanz?

Endlech! Déi nächst Woch ass Schoulvakanz. Hutt Dir schonn eppes vir?

Ech fueren, wéi ëmmer, am Februar an de Wantersport. An du? Gees du och am Wanter an d’Vakanz?

Ah, du bass zeréck aus der Vakanz? An, wéi war et?

War et flott an der Vakanz? Erziel mol!  

Ech hunn op FB Fotoe gesi vun denger Vakanz an Irland. Wéi war et? 

Deng nei Frisur geet dir immens gutt. Bei wat fir e Coiffeur gees du? 

Äre Schal gefält mir gutt. Däerf ech froen, wou Dir e kaaft hutt? 

Däi Brëll ass cool. Hues du en hei zu Lëtzebuerg kaaft?

Ech mengen, ech huele just eng Zalot. An du? 

Meng Nuddele sinn zimlech fad. An, wéi ass däi Plat?

Deng Entrée schmaacht immens gutt. Wéi hues du se gemaach? 

Ech fannen däin Dessert apaart gutt. Kéins du mir d’Rezept soen? 

Ech hu gëschter eppes Interessantes op FB gelies. Ech hunn et gedeelt. Hues du et scho gelies? 

Ech kucken am Moment eng flott Serie op Netflix. Kucks du och Serien op Netflix, oder wat kucks du esou?

MY TIP

Try to speak these small talk phrases loudly so that they sound familiar to you! Try also to personalise them to your everyday life situations.


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