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1. Posted by DrewM (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Greetings everyone,

I'm new on here so.. hey!

Anyway.. I am interested in learning a new language, and have been trying to pick one to learn, I've tried learning a few different languages including; Hebrew (I learned to read/write the alphabet in only a couple of days, and know alot of the basics but.. I have came to the realization that I'll never go to Israel and have lost interest in the language.) BACK ON TOPIC!

I am very interested in learning Luxembourgish. The questions I have are;
1. Is it worth it? I ask this since I know the majority of people in Luxembourg speak French of German, but I have no interest in learning either of those.
2. Is it easy(learning, speaking, writing, gramatically)? I understand that this really can't be measured very accurately. Also my native tongue is English. Does this make it harder or easier?
3. Is it possible to teach myself? Any products out there?
4. Would knowing Luxembourgish make it easier to learn any other language?

Thank-you for reading!
P.S: I didn't really know which catagory to post this in so I just stuck it here.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 24, 2007, at 11:58 PM by DrewM ]

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

interesting. luxembourgish. in the Netherlands is a news channel in Luxembourgish in the early morning. It sounds too funny, its indeed a mix of French and German. Are you planning to live in Luxembourg? Otherwise I think you might get the same effect as the hebrew u learned. I think people in Luxembourg speak both German and/or French very well (atleast French). I dont know if its really needed to speak luxembourgish in Luxembourg. Why dont u want to learn one of the world languages like Spanish, Arabic or maybe Chinese (I guess u speak French since u live in Canada and u seem a language person;))?

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 25, 2007, at 6:56 AM by wouterrr ]

3. Posted by DrewM (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Why dont u want to learn one of the world languages like Spanish, Arabic or maybe Chinese (I guess u speak French since u live in Canada and u seem a language person)?

Woah woah woah... Arabic or Chinese? Lol, that's a little out of my league. I've never really had the urge to learn a world language for some odd reason. But, yeah Luxembourgish does seem a bit odd you're right. The other languages I'm interested in are Icelandic, and German (Contrary to what I posted.)

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Hebrew doesnt seem easy to me either, man. But perhaps you are partly Jewish?

5. Posted by DrewM (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

But perhaps you are partly Jewish?

Lol no, that's partly why I stopped learning it to.

6. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Hindi....allmost a billion people in the world speak it....

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Considering Drew is living in Alberta (or so his profile says), I have a feeling that French is not his second language as Alberta is not a French-Canadian province. I could be totally wrong... Icelandic - interesting choice.

What about Greek? Ancient but still spoken...

8. Posted by DrewM (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

What about Greek? Ancient but still spoken...

SO MANY CHOICES!!!! :(

But yeah, that's in my list with considered languages.
LIST!
1. Luxembourgish
2. German
3. Greek
4. Icelandic
5. French

Lol, I know I change my mind alot. But French would probably make alot of sence to learn.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 25, 2007, at 6:12 PM by DrewM ]

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting DrewM

Lol, I know I change my mind alot. But French would probably make alot of sence to learn.

Good choice indeed. It will help u if u are interested to travel in large parts of Africa (and France and Belgium and Luxembourg and parts of switserland and some other exotic places). Watch out with German. your mouth will get the U shape

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 26, 2007, at 2:12 AM by wouterrr ]

10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Luxembourgish! Hee hee! That's an interesting language to pick. I'm amazed that such a small population manages quite well to keep their mother tongue going - although I can't understand a thing. How do they say hello again? It was strange French, if I remember right...