How to Tell the Time in Luxembourgish – D’Auerzäit

In this lesson you will learn how to tell the time in Luxembourgish. Telling time in Luxembourgish requires knowing three basic ingredients: the numbers from 1 to 59, the words for ‘to‘ and ‘after,’ and the fractions ‘quarter‘ and ‘half‘ (past).

By the way if you want to know the different meanings of the word time in Luxembourgish you may read this  lesson where I have tackled a few problems students often get wrong when trying to talk about the time in Luxembourgish.

Let’s start!

Wéi vill Auer ass et?

To ask somebody “What time is it?” you can say:

● Wéi vill Auer ass et? What time is it? 

Wéi vill literally means “how much” or “how many” and Auer means “time” or “clock”.

To ask more politely you can say:

● Entschëllegt, wéi vill Auer ass et? –  Excuse me, what time is it?  

● Wéi vill Auer ass et, wann ech gelift? – What time is it, please?

Another phrase you might hear is: 

● Wéi spéit ass et? – How late is it? 

To answer that question you can say:

Et ass dräi Auer. – It is three o’clock. 

To say “it is ten minutes past seven” (7.10) is et ass zéng op siwen. Literally this is “it is 10 past seven”. The same as in English → you start with the minutes  then you add “past” which is op and then you say the clock → Et ass zéng op siwen.

7.15 →  Et ass Véirel op siwen. It is quarter past seven.

Véirel is “quarter” and “quarter past” is Véirel op and “quarter to” is Véirel vir.  So 6.45 is:

6.45  →  Et ass Véirel vir siwen. – It is quarter to seven

Now to say “it is half past seven”, is a little bit different in Luxembourgish. The word for “half” is hallwer, BUT we say it is half to the next hour. So to say “it is half past seven” (7.30) you would say:

7.30 → Et ass hallwer aacht.  It is half past seven.

You will have noticed that we only say Auer when it is the full time, for example, “it is six o’clock” is et ass 6 Auer. But if you want to say “it is quarter past six” you would simply say et ass Véierel op sechs and not Véirel op sechs Auer.

Et ass zwou Auer

Let’s look at a tricky grammar point when saying the time in Luxembourgish: you may know that the numbers “one” so een and “twozwee and that they change their form when followed by a noun. The form they take depends on the gender of the noun that follows:

We say ee(n) Jong but eng Duechter and zwee Jongen but zwou Duechteren. Now knowing that Auer is a feminine noun, you must say:

13.00eng Auer – one o’clock 

14.00 → zwou Auer – two o’clock                                                                           

13.30 → Et ass hallwer zwou.  It is half past one.

Hints to understand natural spoken Luxembourgish

● Véirel op are two words but in spoken Luxembourgish they are pronounced as if it was only one word → Véirelop. So to say “it is quarter past eight” you would hear ’t ass Véirelop aacht.                    

● Another detail regarding the spoken language: “it is” is et ass in written Luxembourgish. But in spoken Luxembourgish you won’t say et ass but ’t ass. So “it is 6 o’clock” sounds like ’t ass 6 Auer.  

Um wéi vill Auer ass ….?

Imagine that you would like to ask someone at what time is …..?

●  Um wéi vill Auer ass d’Mëttespaus? – At what time is lunch break? 

Here we have um wéi vill Auer means “at what time and Mëttespaus means “lunch break”. 

So in answer to your question the other person may answer:

Um zwielef Auer.  At twelve o’clock. 

This is an extract of one lesson of my online course Easy Luxembourgish Level 1. In that lesson of the online course you will learn more vocabulary for example how to say “from …until”, useful sentences and in each lesson you get a vocabulary list with the translation.