Don’t confuse the verbs goen & ginn

I decided to write this lesson as I have seen from the very beginning of my teaching experience and I am still seeing students, even advanced students, confusing the conjugation of the verbs ginn and goen  and having difficulties in differentiating them when trying to formulate a sentence.

These 2 verbs have a completely different meaning:

goen has several meanings but we will focus in this lesson on the meaning 

to go, to walk

There are 2 verbs called ginn

1. ginn meaning to give

2. ginn meaning to become, or will to express the future tense in certain circumstances

ginn is also used to build the passive form in Luxembourgish.

In this lesson we will focus on ginn meaning to become, will

It is very important to be aware of the exact conjugation –  both verbs are irregular – of each verb.. That’s why we will start  by visualising the conjugation of the 2 verbs


ech ginn

du gees

hien/hatt/et geet

mir ginn

dir gitt

si ginn 

Past participle: gaang(en)


ech ginn

du gëss

hien/hatt/et gëtt

mir ginn

dir gitt

si ginn

Past participle: ginn

As you can see the conjugation is similar with the exception of the 2. & 3. person singular du, hien, hatt and et. And the pronunciation is consequently different.

Let’s illustrate the 2 verbs with some example sentences:


  • Wéi geet et? Et geet mir gutt.
  • Mir ginn den Owend bei Frënn iessen.
  • Gees du oft a Spuenien an d’Vakanz?
  • Hie geet gär mam Hond spadséieren.
  • Eis Nopere wëllen an d’Tierkei goen.
  • Hatt muss all Dag mam Hond spadséiere goen.
  • Ech muss haut nach akafe goen.
  • Solle mer e Samschdeg an de Restaurant goen.


  • Wéi gëtt d’Wieder de Weekend? Ech mengen, et gëtt Reen.
  • Mir ginn am  Juni bestuet.
  • Mäi Jong gëtt am Juni 30 Joer al.
  • Hien ass déck ginn.
  • Ech mengen ech gi krank.
  • Du muss nach e bësse méi al ginn, fir dat ze verstoen.

Let’s practice: 

Fill in with the correct conjugated verb:

  1. Wéi _______ du schaffen?
  2. Wéi al ___________ äert Meedchen dëst Joer?
  3. Am Fréijoer _________ d’Temperaturen erop.

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