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Saturday 4 May 2019

Today I cried for the first time...

Today I cried for the very first time when reading a book in Luxembourgish. 
<<“...Deng schéin Aen hunn ech mäi Liewe laang net vergiess.”
“Abee, meng schéin Aen dénge mer haut net méi vill. Ech sinn hallef blann an et gëtt ëmmer méi schlëmm.”
“Ma dann ass et jo gutt, dass ech hei sinn, fir dir ze hëllefen”, huet d’Emelie geschmunzelt. >>

I truly enjoyed reading the book called “‘t ass d’Liewen!” which presents life through the eyes of a former school teacher, now retired, at a time when she joins an “Oldieshaus”. It is a beautiful reading about the physical and emotional passage for a woman who still feels young, even though now in her last stage of life. But any day of life, no matter the age, is a gift that should be fully enjoyed because it is unique and special and cannot be kept in stock for tomorrow.
One one of the beautiful messages of the book is that Love is, without any doubt and at any age, what motivates us and keeps us going. Sharing the time with someone we love and who loves us as well, caring about each other, taking care of each other, what better gift can we receive from life?

To all those of you who regularly ask me about ways to improve your Luxembourgish, reading is an activity that will very much help you with your written but also general comprehension of the language, it will help you see a lot of examples of how the sentences are structured and it will allow you to enlarge your vocabulary on a regular basis. To give you an example: only a few months ago I learned the word Schicksal, which means destiny, fate. I never heard it in a conversation or on TV and finding its plural in this book made me very happy (which is a great feeling, especially after having cried minutes before...): “Lues a lues huet si vill interessant Leit mat verschiddene Schicksaler kenne geléiert.”

I warmly recommend you to read the book ‘t ass d’Liewen! by Christiane Ehlinger, Kremart Editions, 2,99 eur. You should ideally have a minimum A2 level in Luxembourgish.

Ganz schéinen Dag!


  1. I think if you want to improve any language the best to do is read.

    1. I agree, reading helps a lot! However, the best to do is to speak as often as possible the language you’re learning!


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