Luxembourg, a language paradise or paradox? | Luxembourg (Europe) |
I've always been fascinated and indeed in awe as to how such a small country as Luxembourg manages to squeeze in so many nationalities, helping to enrich the Grand Duchy into the cosmopolitan jigsaw it is today.

Because outside the classroom virtually all Luxembourgish nationals and those that have lived here for some considerable time have this amazing ability to flick from language to language as though selecting a TV channel. This means they are able to immediately “tune in” to the poor struggling foreigner in front of them and adapt their language accordingly.

Moreover I have a theory that many Luxembourgers don't actually know what language they are speaking or reading; the talented reflex switch is so automatic that it doesn't even register to them that they've even changed and just merrily continue in whatever 'channel' is presented to them.