A1 basics* class for beginners
* this class qualifies for the 24 hours of Luxembourgish lessons needed to receive the Luxembourgish nationality if you've lived in Luxembourg for at least 20 years
This is An absolute beginner’s class based on the Learn Luxembourgish book.
If you don't know any Luxembourgish words yet and have no idea how to construct a Luxembourgish sentence, this class is for you. Having good foundational knowledge (vocabulary and grammar) is the first stepping stone in reaching fluency and being able to pass the Luxembourgish nationality test if that is your plan. Our courses are also perfectly tailored for people who do not necessarily want to pass the nationality test and would like to learn Luxembourgish simply for the fun of it or to better integrate into Luxembourgish society.
The class takes place online through Skype once a week for 8 weeks in a row. Each lesson is 60 minutes long.
We offer this class in several formats:
- as a group class with a total of 4-5 students per class
- as a partner class with a total of 2 students per class (maybe you already have someone in mind to take this class with or we can look for someone to join you)
- as a private one-on-one class with just you and the teacher (in which case you can arrange the days and times of the lessons a bit more flexibly with the teacher)
Each week, participants read/study one chapter of the Learn Luxembourgish book (available here). The Skype class then reviews the most important grammar/vocabulary topics of that chapter and gets participants a chance to speak and practise the material learned in that chapter. Participants learn how to form their own basic sentences to communicate at a beginner level of all 8 book topics (which are also the topics of the A1 level as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).
As each lesson has its own communicative goal and topic, you’ll be able to make your own basic sentences from lesson 1! Topics are: greeting someone, and making basic small talk; introducing yourself and someone else; telling someone more about yourself; describing a person or a thing; talking about your job and daily routine; talking about your recreational activities and making appointments; asking for something; situating yourself and asking for directions.
The course material has been developed by Liz Wenger, founder of learnluxembourgish.com and author of the Learn Luxembourgish book, and is continuously improved and expanded with the help of all of our other teachers. During your course, we work together closely to ensure you learn what you need to learn in order to advance your language skills.
Our courses offer far more than a simple Skype lesson. We work with a number of online services to make your learning experience fun and efficient. All classes, independent of their level, are taught in a virtual classroom which means that you will be able to see the material on your screen before and during the lesson and interact in writing as well as in speaking with the teacher. Before each class, you will get access to the virtual classroom so that you can study the vocabulary and review the grammar points as they relate to the lesson topic. After each lesson, you will receive course notes so that you don't have to take any notes yourself during the class.
All of our vocabulary exists in the form of online flash cards with Luxembourgish audio to study in advance of each lesson. You can use these to study on the go even if you don't have wifi.
In addition to classes with a teacher over Skype as described above, you'll also have access to a social networking group, where many more resources are published to make learning easy for you. You'll be able to chat in Luxembourgish with me and other students and ask all kinds of questions. You'll also be able to organize informal Skype chats with your fellow students to further practise.
Here is what Irene and Kenneth, computer scientists living and working in Luxembourg, had to say about this course:
1.- About what we learned (Wat hutt dir geléiert?)
We really thought the course was amazing. In just 8 weeks we've learned lots of vocabulary and grammar rules. We've learned how to communicate with people, introduce ourselves, talk extensively about ourselves (name, age, job, country, language, hobbies, routines). We learned to tell time, to count, the alphabet, the seasons, the days of the week). We know how to ask for things, go to a restaurant, to the supermarket, bakers, butchers, do appointments, ask and give directions and all the basic things that you need to communicate in any language. We learned a lot of important verbs and how to conjugate them.
We thought the most enlightening grammar rule of all was the “n-rule”, very well explained and easy to understand.
2.- About the Course (War de Cours gutt?)
We thought the course was absolutely brilliant and very effective because in a short period of time we got a great base of the language, in just 8 weeks it is impossible to do a course better than this one.
The teacher made the class very fun and easy to understand, she was very patient with us and she gave us great tips to remember so we won’t do the same mistakes over and over again.
We really loved the concept of the class via Skype using the interactive whiteboard application. We have a very tight schedule and this gives us the freedom to be relaxed at home while learning a great deal.
Concerning the book, we have to say that, in our opinion, it’s the best Luxembourgish book on the market. It is a very well-written book where the author, Liz Wenger, clearly has a deep knowledge of both languages, Luxembourgish and English. The simplicity of her method is enlightening, very easy to understand and to remember, the analogies used to connect both languages are terrific. As a bonus, the book comes with bar scanning for audio, which is an excellent tool to learn how to pronounce properly as well as to improve the understanding of the spoken language.
As a final touch, Liz has created an online private Luxembourgish group on an app, which is a powerful tool to practise the language, to ask questions and to clarify any issues that can come up while learning a new language.
Amazing concept, amazing tools, amazing teachers and an amazing book! Well done! Congratulations to all of you!
All A1 Basics classes contain 8 lessons (one lesson/week) + preparation material + course notes + access to our social platform with all of our students and teachers to practise even outside of your lessons.
Classes currently open for registration:
- from April 24, 2018, Tuesdays from 7-8pm Luxembourg time (small group: 4-5 students)
- from April 27, 2018, Fridays from 11.45-12.45pm Luxembourg time (two-person group)
- from May 14, 2018, Mondays from 7-8pm Luxembourg time (small group: 4-5 students)
Don't see a date that works for you? Interested in one-to-one lessons? Please email me, we can add custom classes.
Choose your preferred date below and register for your spot in a class.
Don't forget that our classes qualify for "congé linguistique" (Ministry of Work) in Luxembourg so that your employer could get reimbursed for the lessons.
We have also received our certification with the Ministry of Education for those of you who have lived in Luxembourg for 20+ years and would like to acquire Luxembourgish nationality through 24 hours of Luxembourgish courses (« cours avec programme agréé selon les dispositions de la loi du 8 mars 2017 sur la nationalité luxembourgeoise » ).
What if you miss a lesson?
Some people are able to join the class even when traveling for work or for pleasure as all you need is an Internet connection. Sometimes people only connect on Skype through a mobile phone to listen to the class if they don't have a computer to access the virtual classroom. Our policy is that missed classes cannot be rescheduled or reimbursed because of the group nature of the courses. However, generally speaking, our teachers try to be reasonable and flexible if the situation allows for it and if you can give us enough notice. You can discuss this with your group on our social platform and ask if everybody agrees to move the lesson. You can also ask the teacher if they can meet you 20 minutes before the next lesson to answer any questions you might have about the notes of the lesson you missed. If you require more flexibility, I recommend booking a private one-on-one course, that way, you can custom schedule your lessons with the teacher.
How long does it take before You're ready to take the Sproochentest, the language exam to acquire Luxembourgish nationality?
All our courses are laid out in such a way so as to maximize your time in order to pass the nationality exam if that is your aim. There's four courses: A1 Basics, A1 Conversation, A2.1 Conversation and A2.2 Conversation. Most people are ready to take the exam after that, if not, we supplement with private lessons.
Based on my experience, a year and a half to two years is a reasonable time frame to expect in order to be able to pass the nationality exam. We've seen shorter than that, and we've seen longer than that, but 2 years seems to be the average of time that passes between the start of studies and the passing of the exam.
After the four courses we have developed, a lot of people have achieved the A2 / B1 levels required in order to pass the nationality test. However, there's no guarantee as everyone is different. It depends on how much you'll be able to study and practise your speaking outside of the lessons, too.
This A1 Basics course is your first step in getting ready to take the exam.
What if you change your mind and want to cancel your lessons?
There is a 30€ non-refundable deposit on this A1 Basics class in order to reserve your spot. Cancellations are accepted until immediately after the first lesson.
What language is this course taught in?
This A1 Basics course is taught in English.