Luxembourgish belongs to the Middle German group of High German languages, like standard German. However, it is not intelligible to most Germans as it is more than just a German dialect. It borrows many French words. For example, the name for a bus driver is Buschauffeur which would be Busfahrer in German and Chauffeur de bus in French. It is relatively easy for German speakers to understand Luxembourgish, but more complicated to speak it properly because of the French influence.
Some words are different from High German but have equivalents in German dialects. An example would be the word potato, which is Gromper in Luxembourgish, but pomme de terre in French and Kartoffel in High German.
Other words are exclusive to Luxembourgish, for example the word for "Match", which is "Fixfeier".
Standard German is called "Däitsch", or sometimes "Preisësch" (Prussian, which has slightly xenophobic undertones) in Luxembourg. Its most common uses are in Luxembourg's newspapers, and in primary school. The main administrative language in Luxembourg is French.
Merci. Thank you.
Watgelift? or Ëntschëllegt? Excuse me?
Metzleschjong. Butcher's son.
Schwätzt dier Däitsch/Franséisch/Englesch? Do you speak German/French/English?
Wikipedia articles written in this language are located at the
With the establishment of RiksmÃ¥l as the official written language of the Scandinavian Realm in 1889, the Swedish written language of HÃ¶gswenska lost its official status.
The most problematic issue was that while they advocated a written language based on the spoken language of educated Swedes they at the same time opposed any influence that RiksmÃ¥l (or as they invariably called it: Danish) exerted on that spoken language.
Further fragmentation of the Swedish language movement was caused in the 1890s by the founding of Swenska LandsmÃ¥lsfÃ¶reningarna (The Swedish Popular Language Societies), who inspired by the activities of Ivar Aasen in Norway advocated a written norm based on the popular dialects of Sweden.
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