You’ve just moved to Luxembourg where there are 3 official languages and the average person in the street is probably infact quadrilingual. Mon Dieu! Oh Gott! Mei, O Mei! Which language should you learn? Where to start? Don’t worry. City Savvy is here to guide you.
One thing for sure, the best way to get connected with a new place is to learn the language, or in the case of Luxembourg, learn one of the languages. Which language you learn first will depend on things like; where you live, what job you do, whether you have children in the local school and how long you plan on living here. This article is all about where you can learn German. If you want to learn French or Luxembourgish then see the City Savvy Guide to Learning French and the City Savvy Guide to Learning Luxembourgish.
Upon the founding of the country, German was widely used in the political field to comment on the laws so that they could be understood by everyone. In 1984 Luxembourgish was made the national language by law and this law also recognised the three languages of Luxembourg (Luxembourgish, French and German) as administrative languages. Franco-German bilingualism is a characteristic aspect of Luxembourg’s social structure and French remains the language of legislation. However, German or Luxembourgish is often the language of choice for the printed press.
Now that you are living in Luxembourg, it’s a great opportunity for you to learn the classical language of the Germans. Ja, German is one of the oldest languages, and sustains its prominence because of Germany’s enormous contribution towards the development of various fields including art, music, philosophy, innovation, economics and science. So, if you are working or aspiring to work in the sectors of automobiles, biochemistry, engineering, finance, medicine or technology, learning German as a foreign language could be very advantageous.
If you have kids, and are thinking of sending them to a Luxembourgish primary school, it is useful to know that German is the language they learn to read and write in first (from age 6). For more information on Luxembourgish primary education click here. Therefore, most Luxembourgers speak German from a very young age and learning German can help you socialise with local groups, as well as explore new job prospects.
Sie wollen Deutsch lernen? Go ahead! Choose an institute based on your need, from the below comprehensive list of institutes that offer German language learning courses. The government recognised institutions and non-profit community associations offer German language courses for a less expensive fee. For corporate training and other customised options, you can register with one of the private language training centers. Otherwise, simply follow our essential tips for a committed self learning.
Government Recognised Organisations
The government recognised organisations are affiliated to the Luxembourg Ministry of Education. The German language course offered by Institut National des Languages is certified by the Goethe Institue. They offer day and evening classes for a fee of around 200 euros per term. These courses are convenient for working professionals. Contact them by phone or email for information about the schedule and fee.
- Institut National des Languages, 21, bd de la Foire, L-1528, Luxembourg (Map)
Tel: 26 44 30 1, Email: email@example.com
Some non-profit associations like the language societies, student groups and local communes offer German language learning sessions for a nominal fee. Most of the classes are offered for between 50 and 90 euros. This is a great option for students. For detailed information about the schedule and fees, contact them by phone or email.
- Administration Communale de Kayl, B.P. 56 L-3601 Kayl (Map)
Tel: +352 56 66 66-1, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lycée Classique de Diekirch, 32, av. de la Gare, L-9233Diekirch (Map)
Tel: +352 26 80 71, Email: email@example.com
- Lycée Technique d’Ettelbrück, 71, avenue Salentiny, L-9080 Ettelbruck (Map)
Tel: +352 81 92 01-300, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Maison d’Afrique, 3, Rue du Curé, L-1368 Luxembourg (Map)
Tel: +352 27 12 54 53, Email: maisondafriqueasbl @gmail.com
- Administration Communale de Bertrange Service Culturel, B.P. 28, L-8005 Bertrange (Map)
Tel: +352 26 312 340, Email: joelle.flammang @bertrange.lu
- Athénée de Luxembourg, 24, bd. Pierre Dupong, L-1430 Luxembourg (Map)
Tel: +352 26 04 61 00, Email: email@example.com
- Centre de Formation Lucien Huss a.s.b.l, 5, Av Marie Thérèse, L-2132Luxembourg (Map)
Tel: +352 26 56 16 92, Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Administration Communale de Differdange, B.P. 12, L-4501 Differdange (Map)
Tel: +352 58 77 11-236, Email: email@example.com
- Convention Uelzechtdall, B.P. 1, L-7201 Walferdange (Map)
Tel: +352 33 01 44-1, Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sicietà Dante Alighieri – Comitato di Lussemburgo, 40, am Bongert, L-1270Luxembourg (Map)
Tel: +352 621 491 884, Mail: email@example.com
Most of the private institutions offer comprehensive language learning solutions. They have distinct packages designed for adults, children and companies. Some of them also offer private home tuition. Visit their websites for more information.
- École Privée Grandjean A.S.B.L., 7 rue Adolphe Fischer, L-1520 Luxembourg (Map)
Tél. : 48 01 07, Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
- Inlingua, 5, rue de Hesperange, L-1731 Luxembourg (Map)
Tel. +352 40 35 47, Email: email@example.com
(or) 46, rue de l’Alzette, L-4010 Esch-Sur-Alzette (Map)
Tel. +352 26 53 24 66, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Language Enterprises, 84, route d’Arlon, L-1150, Luxembourg (Map)
Tel: 75 97 18, Email: email@example.com
- Languages.lu , 6 Rue Marguerite de Brabant, 1254 Luxembourg (Map)
Tel: +352 26 47 85 03, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prolingua Language Centre, 45a, Avenue Monterey – L-2163 Luxembourg (Map)
Tel: +352 40 39 91-0, Email: email@example.com
City Savvy’s Extra Tips for learning German
- Learn German with Deutsche Welle.
- Learn German online from the Gothe Institut.
- Watch German movies with English and German subtitles.
- Keep an eye on the German subtitles while watching English or other language films.
- Install a Translator app on your mobile to find a rapid German alternative. This will save you right when you need help.
- Stay tuned to German television channels, fm or music.
- Read German newspapers like the Luxemburger Wort. It will help you understand the context and you’ll slowly improve your vocabulary.
- Practice, practice, practice. Though, you may be hearing a lot of French, Luxembourgers do understand and speak German. So feel free to start a conversation in German – your effort will be appreciated. Viel Glück!
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