Let’s study in this lesson how to say “I would like to do something”.
To express would in Luxembourgish you’ll have to use either the verb ginn or the verb goen in the conditional tense.
ginn ☛ ech géif – I would
goen ☛ ech géing – I would
You can use them interchangeably, so it doesn’t matter which one you use.
To express that you “I would like to” you’ll just add the adverb gär:
ginn ☛ ech géif gär – I would like
goen ☛ ech géing gär – I would like
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Conjugation – Conditional Tense
ginn ech géif du géifs hien/hatt géif mir géifen dir géift si géifen
goen ech géing du géings hien/hatt géing mir géingen dir géingt si géingen
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Putting it together into a sentence
To make a sentence with Ech géif / géing gär you’ll need an action verb which you put at the very end of the sentence in the infinitve form:
Ech géif / géing gär matkommen. – I would like to come along.
Or if you have 2 verbs you’ll put both at the end of the sentence:
Ech géif / géing gär schwamme goen. – I would like to go swimming
Let’s practise with many examples:
- Ech géif / géing gär Lëtzebuergesch léieren. – I would like to learn Luxembourgish.
- D’Kanner géife / géinge gär eppes iessen. – The children would like to eat something.
- Mäi Mann géif / géing gär méi Zäit mat de Kanner verbréngen. – My husband would like to spend more time with the kids.
- Meng Fra géif / géing gär en Job hei zu Lëtzebuerg fannen. – My wife would like to find a job here in Luxembourg.
- Mir géife / géinge gär am Fréijoer a Kanada fléien. – We would like to go (fly) to Canada in spring.
You’ve already learnt in a previous lesson on my blog how to say “I would like to have …” for example if you want to order something in a café or restaurant or ask something in a store.
And to ask this question in Luxembourgish we use the verb hunn in the conditional and a different sentence construction.
To ask someone “Would you like to ….?” you simply start with your helping verbs géif / géing followed by the subject:
- Géifs / géings du gär eppes drénken. – Would you like something to drink?
- Géift / géingt dir gär mat eis spadséiere kommen. – Would you like to come for a walk with us?
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Exercise / Übung:
Translate the following sentences into Luxembourgish:
- He would like to talk to you (formal).
- I’d like to visit you (plural).
- Would you (informal) like to help me, please?
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