Languages

Let's speak Lëtzebuergesch!

On 9 March 2017, the Government presented its strategy for promoting Luxembourgish.

13-luxembourgeoisRecognising the importance of Luxembourgish as a language of communication and integration and as a literary language, the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth and the Ministry of Culture have adopted a long-term policy centred on Luxembourgish language and culture.

The Government has four major aims, and is committing itself to:

  • increasing the importance of Luxembourgish;
  • advancing the standardisation, use and study of Luxembourgish;
  • promoting learning of Luxembourgish language and culture;
  • promoting culture in Luxembourgish;

40 measures to strengthen the position of Luxembourgish

In agreement with all the players in society, a 20-year action plan is to be drawn up to coordinate a concerted policy on language and culture. The post of Luxembourgish language commissioner will be created, to coordinate efforts in this area. The Commissioner will be assisted by a "Zentrum fir d'Lëtzebuergescht" tasked with studying and standardising Luxembourgish.

The Government supports the work of the Chamber of Deputies aimed at incorporating Luxembourgish and plurilingualism - important factors in the cultural identity of the Grand Duchy and in social cohesion - in the Constitution. The Government also intends to embark on negotiations with the European institutions to achieve recognition for Luxembourgish as an official language of the European Union. This would enable Luxembourgers to address the European institutions in Luxembourgish, and obtain an answer in the same language.

Other measures in the strategy include the possibility of attending Luxembourgish language classes at any age, for both children and adults. Luxembourgish language classes will also be introduced at the international schools. In secondary education (general and technical), elective classes will allow pupils to improve their knowledge of Luxembourgish.

The cultural dimension of the language will be showcased. The history of the language and the context of the typically Luxembourgish plurilingualism will be studied and the results circulated to the general public. The standardisation of spelling and grammar are also near the top of the list. The Lëtzebuerger Online Dictionnaire (LOD) is scheduled for completion by 2018, and will then be fully accessible online.

The Government intends its plan of action to meet substantial popular demand, particularly among young people. "Because Luxembourgish is alive and well, being used by people of all ages, and all nationalities.... it is part of our collective identity," said Minister for Education Claude Meisch.

 

(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)

  • Updated 23-03-2017