New Year’s resolutions - Gutt Virsätz

I’m always glad when the Christmas break is over and I’m able to start the New Year with recharged batteries and a sense of renewed purpose.

Ech sinn ëmmer frou, wann d’Chrëschtdagspaus eriwwer ass an ech dat Neit Joer mat frësch geluedene Batterien an engem neien Elan kann ufänken.

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Learn Luxembourgish Book Reviews

In March 2015, the Learn Luxembourgish book was published in Luxembourg and accompanied by a sigh of relief from the English speaking community: finally an English resource to learn Luxembourgish! And not only that. It is also still the only existing book to explain Luxembourgish step by step so you don't have to go searching for the answers elsewhere, everywhere.

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A website bringing Luxembourg to you

“If you need something and you can’t find it, make it yourself.” This is the motto of Anneke Hudson, a former corporate banking lawyer in London, and Farrah Gillani, an English graduate from Cambridge and ex-marketing manager. They both made Luxembourg their permanent residence after many years of country hopping and together they founded City Savvy Luxembourg, an online magazine that provides information for people living in, or visiting, the world's only Grand Duchy.

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Luxembourgish wedding etiquette: in between old tradition and unorthodox fun

There is a goat at the wedding bustling in between guests. By that I don’t mean the derogatory term you may have had in mind when you were thinking of that acquaintance you have trouble tolerating. I was talking about the actual ruminant animal with the white or brown fur, mischievous look and that characteristic complaining sound. 

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Pappendag - Father’s Day in Luxembourg

Fathers deserve to be honoured and pampered, too.

On the first Sunday in October, Luxembourg celebrates Father’s Day. In 2015, the date falls on October 4th. Fathers receive a small present from their children, usually something they made at school, and a present from their wives (this could be flowers or a new tool, perhaps).

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Luxembourg, a view from someone who left

Leaving your native country is exhilarating at first. Everything is so new that you don’t think about your old home. Once you have settled into a routine, you start to notice the differences between your old home and your new one. Three years after leaving Luxembourg for Canada, I look back on my home country with different eyes.

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Top 10 Luxembourgish animal expressions

A fun way to learn additional vocabulary, animal expressions also allow you to learn a little bit about the culture of Luxembourg. There are hundreds of animal expressions in Luxembourgish, some clearly vestiges of old farming wisdom, others colourful caricatures of animals to describe aspects of human nature. Here's my top 10.

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The "Learn Luxembourgish" Book available online now

Finally, after two years of work, the book "Learn Luxembourgish: an English Beginner's Guide to Teach Yourself Luxembourgish" is out! 

I spent the month of March in Luxembourg to launch it and was pleased to see that there was so much interest from the English speaking community to learn Luxembourgish. Thank you to everyone who came to a book signing event, it was a pleasure meeting you!

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Cross burning in Luxembourg

You might witness something strange in Luxembourg on the weekend of February 22nd, in the form of a tall burning cross standing in the middle of a field lighting up the night sky. If you’re familiar with US history, you might think that something nefarious is going on but let me assure you, this is a very old and harmless tradition in Luxembourg and its surrounding areas to scare off the winter spirits and welcome spring back.

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One Lovely Blog Award

It is with great pleasure that I learned of the One Lovely Blog Award Nomination I received from Barefoot in Luxembourg.

Check out her website and Facebook Page where she writes about her adventures in Luxembourg and recommends places to visit, shop, eat, party or get your tattoo at. 

Thank you so much for the nomination!

The aim of this award is to reward a blog that

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Recreating Luxembourgish Christmas in Canada

It is bitter, watery and leaves me with an artificial aftertaste I can’t quite place. This is not at all how I remember egg nog! I’m standing in the milk aisle of my local Toronto grocery store and hand my sample back to the lady. I try not to look too disgruntled, after all, it’s not her fault, she has never had

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