Luxembourgs government has a 40 -point action plan to build on the renewed popularity of its national tongue, traditionally spoken at home
The brilliant autumn sun is streaming into the classroom, as students wander in. Bonjour, Gudde Moien , says the teacher, Luc Schmitz. It is 8am on Monday morning and people from at the least a dozen countries are here to take one of this school’s most well known language courses: Luxembourgish.
Despite gloomy projections, more and more people want to speak the language, which has been on Unesco’s list of endangered languages since 2010. At Luxembourg’s National Institute of Languages, where Schmitz teaches, enrolments are up. According to Luxembourg’s ministry of culture, more than 6,500 adults were enrolled on Luxembourgish courses in 2016 -1 7, twice the number a decade ago.
Luxembourgish, traditionally merely spoken at home, can sound like a curiosity. It was not even their own nationals language of Luxembourg until 1984 and is hardly spoken outside the Grand Duchy. Almost half of Luxembourg’s 576,000 inhabitants are foreigners, many of whom find it easier to speak one of the country’s other official languages, French and German, or even English.” You can live in Luxembourg without knowing a word of Luxembourgish ,” says Schmitz. “[ But] it is fun, it expands your view and your children cannot talk in a secret language that you do not understand .”
Now Luxembourg’s government wants to boost the status of its own language further with a 40 -point action plan that aims to promote it in schools, libraries, government offices and embassies. Luxembourgish is likely to be codified, with an academy, nationwide spelling campaigns and the completion of an online dictionary. Schoolchildren will be able to do poetry slam, creative writing and theatre in the language. The the administration has likewise petition Brussels for Luxembourgish to be recognised as one of the EU’s 23 official languages- although the result will be symbolic, rather than ratings of jobs for translators.