Do you know when to say doheem and heem?
Do you know how to correctly say “I am at home” and “ I go home” in Luxembourgish? Are you, like many of my students, also struggling when trying to say this to someone?
Here is the answer: You have to ask the following questions:
1. Wou? (Where – Position) ⦿
- Wou bass du? Ech sinn doheem. – Where are you? I’m at home.
- Wou waart dir gëschter? Mir sinn doheem bliwwen. – Where have you been yesterday? We stayed at home.
When do you say doheem? – When you are at home.
When you use verbs which are expressing a position like:
sinn, hunn, bleiwen, schaffen, iessen, schlofen …
- Ech schaffe(n) freides moies doheem. – I work at home on Friday mornings.
- Mir bleiwen normalerweis sonndes owes doheem. – We usually stay at home on Sunday evenings.
2. Wouhin? (Where – to what place) ➠
- Wouhi(n) gees du? Ech ginn heem. – Where do you go? I go home.
- Wouhi(n) fueren deng Elteren elo? Si fueren heem. – Where do your parents drive now?- They’ll drive home.
When do you say heem? – When you go home.
Heem seldom stands alone. We use it most often with a verb which is expressing a movement like:
goen, fueren, kommen, fléien
- Ech kann heemgoen, heemfueren, heemkommen, heemfléien.
- Ech kann eng Persoun heemféieren, heembréngen.
SUMMARY – Remember this:
Ech ginn heem. – I’m going home.
Ech sinn doheem. – I’m at home.
How to say going to someone’s house?
Do you know how to correctly say I’m going to my mum’s house?
Don’t make this mistake: Please don’t use the word Haus. It’s not a proper word.
‘I’m going today to my mum’s (house)’ is expressed by saying it the following way:
- Ech ginn haut bei meng Mamm. (Literally: I go today to my mum.)
That’s all you need. Sometimes the Luxembourgsih language is indeed devoted to simplicity:
- Hie(n) fiert bei seng Elteren. – He’s going to his parents’ house.
- D’Kanner gi(nn) bei hir Grousselteren.- The children will go to their grand parents’ house.
- Mir kommen den Owend bei iech. – We will come to your place this evening.
Translate the following sentences into Luxembourgish:
- Our friends are coming at our place at the weekend.
- My daughter comes home at half past three on Fridays.
- I have been working at home for 3 years.
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