Your Guide to Languages in Luxembourg

  • German got you a ticket on a bus but a blank look in a clothes shop
  • English got you an account in a bank but absolutely nowhere with setting up your Internet connection
  • You got top marks in school for French but you’re drowning in a sea of unfamiliar accents and machine-gun delivery

In a Nutshell

  • Luxembourgish is a Germanic language and is mainly spoken by the native population
  • German tends to be the second language and widely used in local schools
  • French is the official written language of the country and is spoken by the many French and Belgian cross-border workers
  • Portuguese is also widely spoken as they are the largest minority group in Luxembourg
  • With a large foreign population, English is often a safe bet and is especially popular with younger people

Luxembourgish

French and German

Get Prepared

Tips on Making Yourself Understood

In Short

  • Think ahead
  • Don’t forget your smile and your sense of humour
  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
  • Keep trying!

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Yvonne Reilly is a freelance copywriter and editor for hire. Her mission is to make boring business web copy and blogs sparkle.

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Yvonne Reilly

Yvonne Reilly

Yvonne Reilly is a freelance copywriter and editor for hire. Her mission is to make boring business web copy and blogs sparkle.