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by City Savvy Luxembourg
Learning German

You’ve just moved to Luxembourg where there are 3 official languages and the average person in the street is probably infact quadrilingualMon Dieu! Oh Gott! Mei, O Mei! Which language should you learn? If German is your jam, we’re here to help get you started

One thing for sure, the best way to get connected with a new place is to learn the language, or in the case of Luxembourg, learn one of the languages. Which language you learn first will depend on things like; where you live, what job you do, whether you have children in the local school and how long you plan on living here. This article is all about where you can learn German. If you want to learn French or Luxembourgish then see the City Savvy Guide to Learning French and the City Savvy Guide to Learning Luxembourgish.

Get Started

Now that you are living in Luxembourg, it’s a great opportunity for you to learn the classical language of the Germans. Ja, German is one of the oldest languages, and sustains its prominence because of Germany’s enormous contribution towards the development of various fields including art, music, philosophy, innovation, economics and science. So, if you are working or aspiring to work in the sectors of automobiles, biochemistry, engineering, finance, medicine or technology, learning German as a foreign language could be very advantageous.

If you have kids, and are thinking of sending them to a Luxembourgish primary school, it is useful to know that German is the language they learn to read and write in first (from age 6).  Most Luxembourgers speak German from a very young age and learning German can help you socialise with local groups, as well as explore new job prospects.

Sie wollen Deutsch lernen? Go ahead! Choose an institute based on your need, from the below comprehensive list of institutes that offer German language learning courses. The government recognised institutions and non-profit community associations offer German language courses for a less expensive fee. For corporate training and other customised options, you can register with one of the private language training centers.

Otherwise, simply follow our essential tips for a committed self learning.

Government Recognised Organisations

The government recognised organisations are affiliated to the Luxembourg Ministry of Education. The German language course offered by Institut National des Languages is certified by the Goethe Institue. They offer day and evening classes for a fee of around 200 euros per term. These courses are convenient for working professionals. Contact them by phone or email for information about the schedule and fee.

Non-profit Associations

Some non-profit associations like the language societies, student groups and local communes offer German language learning sessions for a nominal fee.  Most of the classes are offered for between 50 and 90 euros. This is a great option for students. For detailed information about the schedule and fees, contact them by phone or email.

  • Maison d’Afrique, 3, Rue du Curé, L-1368 Luxembourg (Map)
    Tel: +352 27 12 54 53, Email: maisondafriqueasbl @gmail.com

Private Institutions

Most of the private institutions offer comprehensive language learning solutions. They have distinct packages designed for adults, children and companies. Some of them also offer private home tuition. Visit their websites for more information.

  • Inlingua, 5, rue de Hesperange, L-1731 Luxembourg (Map)
    Tel. +352 40 35 47, Email: infoinlingua@inlingua.lu
    (or) 46, rue de l’Alzette, L-4010 Esch-Sur-Alzette (Map)
    Tel. +352 26 53 24 66, Email: info@inlingua-esch.lu

City Savvy’s Extra Tips for learning German

  • Learn German with the American Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg’s  Languages of Luxembourg project. It’s a FREE web-based language learning tool that allows language learners to simultaneously study German among 6 other languages. You can use the app to study when and where you want. There is free downloadable written and audio material available on the website or mobile app.
  • Learn German with Deutsche Welle.
  • Learn German online from the Gothe Institut.
  • Watch German movies with English and German subtitles.
  • Keep an eye on the German subtitles while watching English or other language films.
  • Install a Translator app on your mobile to find a rapid German alternative. This will save you right when you need help.
  • Stay tuned to German television channels, fm or music.
  • Read German newspapers like the Luxemburger Wort. It will help you understand the context and you’ll slowly improve your vocabulary.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Though, you may be hearing a lot of French, Luxembourgers do understand and speak German. So feel free to start a conversation in German – your effort will be appreciated. Viel Glück!

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