Learn to talk about the WEATHER in Luxembourgish

We all like to talk about the weather. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to do so in Luxembourgish. There are even a few hidden vocabulary dangers in talking about how warm or cold you are! I’ll tell you how to avoid that problem.

When you’re in Luxembourg, you need to know how to understand a typical conversation about the weather. Will you need an umbrella e Prabbeli today, or not?

By the way do you know the Luxembourgish word for weather ….? This is Wieder.

Talk About The Weather in the Present: Wéi ass d’Wieder? 

Let’s start with some common weather questions and vocabulary.

Learn first to ASK someone:

Wéi ass d’Wieder? How is the weather?
Wéi ass et dobaussen? How is it outside?

You can  ANSWER to that question by starting your sentence with

t’ ass … + Adjective

(t’ass is the short form of et ass):

T’ ass waarm. It is warm.
T’ ass äiskal. It is freezing (cold as ice)..
T’ ass frësch / kill. It is cool.
T’ ass bedeckt. It is cloudy.
T’ ass naass. It is wet / rainy.
T’ ass fiicht. It is humid.
T’ ass dompeg / schmeier. It is muggy / thundery.
T’ ass glatIt is slippery.

T’ ass schéint Wieder. It is nice / lovely weather.
T’ ass schlecht Wieder. It is bad weather.

If you ask the question Wéi ass d’Wieder haut? and the answer starts with Haut – today –  you have to switch round the verb and the subject:

Haut ass et ganz waarm. Today it is very hot.
Haut ass et kal. Today it is cold.

BUT you can NOT always  ANSWER to that question by starting your sentence with t’ass. Then you have to use

Et + Verb

Et reent. It is raining.
Et schneit. It is snowing.
Et stiermt. It storms (a storm rages)

Well, in Luxembourg you will quite often hear native speakers saying Et fisemt when the rain drops are tiny and falling slowly. In English I think this translates into it is drizzy.

By the way,  you can listen to the weekly lesson on the “Luxembourgish with Anne podcast” via iTunes!

Et ass mir waarm

Although it is okay to say “I’m hot/cold” in English, this is not the case in Luxembourgish. To express that you feel hot or cold in Luxembourgish, you use a Dative Pronoundir or mir for example. A Luxembourger says “to me it is hot” rather than “I am hot“:

Wat ass dat mir sou kal haut! I am feeling so cool today.
Ass et dir ze waarm? Do you feel too hot?

How Is The Weather Going To Be Like: Wéi gëtt d’Wieder? 

Gëtt comes from the verb ginn and in this case it means “to become”, becoming. So Wéi gëtt d’Wieder? means literally “how is the weather becoming?

You can  ANSWER to that question by saying Et gëtt ….:

Et gëtt schéint Wieder. It is going to be lovely weather.
Muer gëtt et Reen. Tomorrow it is going to rain.
D’nächst Woch gëtt et Schnéi. Next week it is going to snow. 

Alternatively you can  ANSWER to that question by saying Et bleift ….:

Muer bleift et dréchen. Tomorrow it is going to stay dry.
Et bleift weiderhi(n) kal a fiicht. It is will continue to remain cold and humid.

Or when listening to a conversation about the weather you may  hear Si hu  Ree fir haut gemellt meaning that “they have announced rain for today”. 

Now before we finish this lesson learn as well that you are likely to hear native speakers saying Et ass immens dompeg … et gëtt bestëmmt e Wieder. Here e Wieder does not mean the weather but it is the short form of en Donnerwieder which means a thunderstorm.

I hope that this was helpful. If you want to learn more details about the weather you can do so by listening to the lessons 22 & 23 of  Easy Luxembourgish – Level 1. 


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