The Luxembourg language (Letzebuergesch) is classified as a west Mosel Frankish dialect. It has Germanic origins but has existed as a distinctly seperate language for nearly one thousand years.
Here is a list of some simple Letzebuergesch words and phrases with the English translations. I am not sure of the spelling, but I don't think it matters much. When I ask two Luxembourgers to spell the same word, I usually get at least three different spellings.
If you use a few of these
phrases in Luxembourg, you will probably startle the natives.
They seldom encounter any foreign visitors who understand even
one word of their native tongue.
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|Moien||moy - yen||Good morning
|Novent||no - vent||Good evening|
|Noecht||nesh - t||Good night|
|Wei ass et?||veh - ahs - et||How are you?|
|Avuhr||av - oor||See you later.|
|Wann ech gelift.||vann - esh - ge - lift||Please - at your service.|
|Entschelecht||ent - shuel - esht||Excuse me.|
|maio||may - yoh||for sure|
|Ech verstinn guer naecht.||Esh fur - shtin guhr nesht.||I don't understand a thing.|
|Ech schwaetzen bessen Letzebuergesch.||Esh shvetz - en bissen Letz - e - boor - zhish.||I speak a bit of Luxembourgish.|