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Lézébuergesch

It is not totally true that Luxembourgish isn't a written language, and that french is the most used language. Only the strangers who work in luxembourg (as the French, the Portugise...) speak luxembourgish, and force the luxembourgishspeakers into french. But every one who is born in luxembourg speaks luxembourgish, so that even children of different nationalities who play together speak in luxembourgish. The language has an official grammar, but most people don't learn it and write the language as they like, because it is to difficult and doesn't pay off.
But this doesn't mean that it is not often written. When we write emails or sms, wee allways write them in Lézebuergesch, but we forget the difficult ponctuation... or write some words as they sound. It's also not true that we lend words from french and german because we don't have them, we only don't know them anymore, or they where to difficult. Our language isn't just a mixturem, but involved alongside the other european languages, and is an official language of his own. It's no dutch, because we "Lézéboier" don't understand it, neither do they... Nore do the french or the germans (only some from the boarder if we speak slowly...)
Thank you :)

Yves.HHH
Mar 24, 2009

23rd of June, national holiday

The 23rd of June is a national holiday. Originally to celebrate the birthday of Grand Duchess Charlotte who was born on 23rd of January. Her birthday was postponed 6 months to have better weather! We did the same in The Netherlands where Queen Beatrix (born in January) celebrates on her mother's birthday which is April 30th.
Anyway, on this day the Luxembourgers assemble in front of the Ducal Palace to greet the Grand Duke and his family, enjoy fireworks and whatever more. You can read more about it at the link below.

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ATLC
Apr 05, 2005

The Dutch link

Luxembourg was a fortress city, captured in 1443 by the Dukes of Burgundy. Then in 1839 the Grand Duchy was born, thanks to William II, King of Holland and Grand Duke of Luxembourg. Since then, the Grand Duke has always officially resided in the city of Luxembourg. Hence also that the national flag is almost identical to the Dutch flag, save the shade of blue which is lighter.

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ATLC
Apr 04, 2005

The language

The language of Luxembourg is Luxembourgish. A mix of French, Dutch, German.
The guide told us it is not a written language. I suppose (but did not see) there are writings in Luxembourgish but people do not correspond in it.

For a Dutch person the sounds are familiar, you're almost waiting to understand what people are saying but you simply can't!
The official language is French but the newspapers are in German!

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ATLC
Apr 03, 2005
 
 
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Herbal gardens

When you will cruise around the Wenzel, don't forget to see ~Herbal gardens~ right under the Casemates next to the Neumuenster. However, it is a tradition for centuries already to grow up the herbs for medicinal and other uses here. When in summer everything is in blossom and picture from the upstairs is amazing. But walking nearby this place you will discover more ways how to see Grund by yourself and in more romantic way.

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Skipka
Jan 31, 2005

Tranquility and good mood is typical

Wen you are waking in the streets of Luxembourg city you got special mood because ther eis no hurry and scream anywhere. I couldn't see any police or other source of rescuing something, just nice atmosphere full of good mood, music and dancing people on the Place d'Armes.

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Skipka
Aug 20, 2004

Where should have a fox its memorial?

well, let me explain that. Fox is important animal here because Michel Rodange wrote a satire of political system in 19th century where the alegory of all of this was represented by a fox. On the other hand, it is a work written in Letzeburgish what is the native language of Luxembourg. However, people here speak three languages: Letzeburgish, French and German. As I should say from my point of view, French is the most used.

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Skipka
Aug 17, 2004

Letzebuergesch

Our language is not as so many people think a mixture. In fact it was long time ago a dialect of the mosel-francs, than this dialect evolved and became an official language. Since 1980, Letzebuergesch is one of the offical languages of the country. The other two are french and german, that's because we are so small, and our language is only spoken by more or less 300.000 people in the world. For some years now, you can study luxemburgish at the university ot Trier (Germany). Every Luxemburgian, who finishes primary school, is able to spek at least 3 languages, in highschool, you will have to add at least one more (I had english).

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LarsLous
Jan 11, 2004

Top 5 Luxembourg Writers

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"Luxembourg, an amazing fortress city"
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"Luxembourg - Capital of the Grand Duchy"
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"A VERY FUN CITY !"
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"Quietly self-contained......"
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The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (our...

The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerk (our lady) became cathedral in 1870, functioning as a parish church.
The looks of the city are also typical because of the three sharp pointed towers of this church.
The northern entrance, sculptured in the years between 1613 and 1615, is the masterpiece of Daniel Muller.
The church used to belong to a Jesuit College. First stone was laid on May 7th, 1613. The architect of this flamboyant gothic church is a Belgian Jesuit named Jean de Block.

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nighthawk
Sep 12, 2002

Maybe it's the most peculiar...

Maybe it's the most peculiar language in the world: Letzenbourgs. This mixture of German, French and Dutch (even some English words found there way into it lately) is very difficult to follow for either one of these nationalities (as they constantly have to switch their 'lingual button' in the brain). Anyway, proove of being on a mayor junction in Europe.

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Pavlik_NL
Sep 08, 2002

The national flag

The national flag is red-white-blue. Almost the same as the flag of The Netherlands, which has a darker blue. But there are more connections to The Netherlands.

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ATLC
Apr 04, 2005

The country's motto

'Mir wölle bleiwe wat mir sin'.

It looks like German and Dutch, mixed together. 'I want to stay who I am' is my best guess.

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ATLC
Apr 03, 2005

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Notre Dame Cathedral

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Church of Our Lady

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St Peter's Cathedral

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