This page provides information on the possibilities for learning Luxembourgish online or at language classes, whether for your personal interest or as a professional requirement, as part of your studies, or for the compulsory language test for acquiring the Luxembourgish nationality.
Learning Luxembourgish online
Learn Luxembourgish with the free online course developed by the Quattropole city network in partnership with the University of Luxembourg and the Grand Duchy's Ministry of National Education. The www.elearning.lu website offers;
- an online course for French-speakers;
- an online course for English-speakers.
Emphasis is placed on speaking and listening. The online exercises are corrected instantly. You can download sound files and listen to key phrases on your MP3 player.
With a booklet and sound files in iTunes, XML and MP3 formats, Luxembourg City provides texts accompanied by sound recordings, to make learning Luxembourgish even easier for you.
- For more information, visit the page entitled 'Lëtzebuergesch léire mat MP3' (learning Luxembourgish using MP3) on Luxembourg City's website.
Luxembourgish classes for adults
- The www.lifelong-learning.lu portal presents a full range of Luxembourgish classes provided by both, private language schools and public institutions such as the Ministry of National Education, Childhood and Youth and the Luxembourg School for Commerce.
- The Adult Training Department of the Ministry of National Education, Childhood and Youth organises language classes — including Luxembourgish — either directly in secondary schools or through municipalities or not-for-profit associations, for adults (for beginners, at intermediate and advanced levels, and conversation classes). Classes are held throughout the Grand Duchy, mostly in the evening. There are also Luxembourgish classes for cross-border workers and classes in Luxembourgish culture and citizenship. Consult the page on 'Courses of general interest' ('Cours d'intérêt général') on the website of the Ministry of National Education, Childhood and Youth.
Luxembourgish classes for the acquisition of the Luxembourgish nationality
The law of 23 October 2008 on Luxembourg nationality provides that all candidates for naturalisation must pass a test to assess their spoken Luxembourgish; the test is administered by the National Languages Institute (INL).
- More information on the Luxembourgish language test on the website of the National Languages Institute (INL).
- More information on acquiring the Luxembourgish nationality on our 'Luxembourgish nationality' page
National Languages Institute (INL)
The National Languages Institute (Institut national des langues, INL) is a public establishment offering courses in languages. The languages taught include Luxembourgish. The INL serves as the national certification centre for diplomas and certificates in Luxembourgish.
- 'Diplom Lëtzebuergesch als Friemsprooch' (diploma in Luxembourgish as a foreign language)
- Passing the 'Sprochentest Lëtzebuergesch' (Luxembourgish language test) is a requirement for applicants for Luxembourgish nationality
The INL also offers a course for teachers of Luxembourgish, leading to the 'Zertifikat Lëtzebuerger Sprooch a Kultur' (certificate of Luxembourgish language and culture).
University of Luxembourg
The University of Luxembourg includes Luxembourgish studies among its research priorities. These studies cover consideration of not only Luxembourgish language and literature but also identity, history, migration, regional planning, geography and politics in the Grand Duchy.
The University of Luxembourg has had a chair in Luxembourgish linguistics and literature since January 2009. Master's degrees are offered in Luxembourgish language and literature.
- Master's degree: Master in Languages, Cultures and Media — Lëtzebuerger Studien
As part of its offer of lifelong learning, the University of Luxembourg also offers a course in Luxembourgish language and culture to train teachers for Luxembourgish language classes for adults.