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Luxembourgish, Lëtzebuergeusch

Related languages It's part of the West Germanic branch of the Indo-European family tree.
European speakers There are around 275,000 native speakers in Luxembourg, and over 100,000 more who can speak and understand it.
Territories In Luxembourg, Luxembourgish is recognised as the national language, although French is used in all official business. Home speakers live in Belgium (in the Arlon district), in the Bitburg area of Germany, and in Thionville, France
Alphabet Luxembourgish is written with the Latin alphabet and the additional diacritics ¨, ^, ´ as in ë, ä, ê, é.
First examples There are texts from the 9th century, though this is not clearly defined as Luxembourgish. The first modern example dates from 1824.
Other facts In Luxembourg, children study in Luxembourgish at kindergarten level and in German and French at primary level.

Key Phrases
Jo.
Yes.
Neen.
No.
Wëllkomm!
Welcome!
Et freet mëch, lech kennen ze léieren.
Pleased to meet you.
Moiën.
Hello.
Äddi.
Goodbye.
Merci.
Thank you.
Ech heesche ...
My name is ...
Schwätzt Du Englesch?
Do you speak English?
Et deet mer leed, mä ech
schwätzen nët Lëtzeburgesch.

I'm sorry, I don't speak Luxembourgish.
Ech brauch Hëllef.
I need help.
Wou as Toilette, wann ech glift?
Where is the toilet, please?

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