How to Learn Luxembourgish from Scratch and Reach Level A2

In this article I will answer a question I often get asked by email:

“I want to sit in the upcoming future the Luxembourgish Language Test to acquire the citizenship. But I have no time to go to a language school twice a week. So here is my question:

How should I start learning Luxembourgish from scratch

and reach the required level A2 within several months by self-study?”

Here is what I recommend:

  • Get a strong foundation in the basics first (Level A1)
  • Work your way through one textbook or better an online course
  • Listen to all the audios of the book / online course
  • Don’t get distracted by other tools
  • Finally get a teacher to practise speaking

 

One of the challenges you have got when you are learning a language like Luxembourgish is that it is difficult to find resources out there.  Actually you are stuck with what you can find.

What I would basically suggest, and this is my standard advise for someone starting learning Luxembourgish: you need to get a solid grasp of the basics, as quickly as possible.

I do not recommend to take group classes as a beginner. WHY?

BECAUSE:

the problem with group classes is that you are drip fed information in an artificial order over the course of the curriculum. So you are taught how to say I, you, she, he .. in lesson 1 and you are probably not taught how to actually build your own sentences, how to order your words in a sentence,  how spoken Luxembourgish actually sounds before lesson 20 or 30 or even 40.

But actually

being able to build your own phrases, to be able to pronounce words correctly and to be able to understand natural spoken Luxembourgish is  very useful to learn

because we often want to express what we do, or think and make us understood right from the beginning. So my approach to learn Luxembourgish and any language is that you need to get a good overview of all of the main grammatical elements of the language.

To study Luxembourgish the right way from the very start, I have created the online courses

Easy Luxembourgish – Level 1 & 2 

I am going to teach you the most important you need to know about Luxembourgish grammar, sentence construction and pronunciation, core vocabulary  in short lessons. Now I am not going to teach you all of the Luxembourgish grammar-that would be impossible.

Once you have got a picture of the Luxembourgish language, then you can start studying in a more in depth way and everything you learn will be faster, because you’ve got this big framework, that you already understand about the language and you are not just scrambling around in the dark. Having to pick up every bit of information you can and piece it together. You have to create this awareness of understanding all of these different grammar points and how they work together.

So, what I would suggest to learn Luxembourgish is that you take your study book or my online course Easy Luxembourgish  and just go through it from the beginning to the end.  Start in chapter one and then study every lesson until you reach the end of the book / the course.

Don’t be distracted, don’t do anything else, don’t buy any other books, don’t take lessons – just go through your course or book. The reason I suggest that, is that by the time you get to end of the course / book you have a very good picture of what basic Luxembourgish is.

Now, you don’t need to memorise any verb tables or anything like that. Go to the lessons and spend most of the time listening to the phrases and dialogues. Listen to the audios and read along at the same time.

Match the spoken words with the written words, look those words up in the dictionary or in the word lists that should come with the book / course.

Just spend time with the language.

Your only aim is to get to the end of  that book or course. Let’s say that you do 5 lessons a week and your online course has got 40 lessons or, then you could finish it in 2 months.  Anything else you do, is actually avoiding the fundamental challenge which is to learn the basics of the language.

This Self-Study Course (40 lessons) Will Help You to Get Started Today!

 

What most people do is to look for apps, or they join a class, because the class will keep them motivated or they do this or that or they spend times browsing blogs.

So what I recommend is to stick with either your study book or my online courses. Listen to all the audios and focus to all the dialogues. Listen, listen and listen.

Next Step – Start Speaking

is to start speaking. And get a teacher. What you are going to do is to start to have lessons but not lessons where you are taught the language but rather lessons where you just practise what you have studied in the book / course. So go back to lesson 1 of your book / course and have your teacher to help you practise the stuff from the book / course. He or she can help you with your pronunciation – which probably will need some work – you can have some Q & A sessions – just like in the speaking test of the Sproochentest – and then you move on to the next lesson etc..

So that you just get started to speak, get used to getting the word out of your mouth, you are getting rid of the fear of speaking or the anxiety with someone and so you keep that up and then gradually you are getting used to speaking Luxembourgish.

Again, all this time don’t worry about how fluent you are, don’t worry not being able to follow a conversation between native speakers at this stage, all that comes with time. Your main focus needs just to be  to build up this foundation, spend time with the language as regularly as possible.

Last Step – The Key is Consistency

The Key is Consistency. Work on it everyday.

Start speaking sessions with your teacher – ideally 2 or 3 lessons a week. If you can keep that up, then in the next few months you will already be confident in the language, not to the point that you are highly fluent in the language but you feel that you speak Luxembourgish now.

That’s my advise. I hope that was helpful. If you have a question you would like to ask me email me at anne@glift.lu

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