Being abroad is a unique opportunity to pick up a new language, and even a weekend trip over the border can lead to learning a few words… especially the bad ones. During our Blue Book traineeship we are abroad (most of us are, at least), but not only surrounded by the languages and people of Luxembourg; instead, we experience a multicultural environment from dawn till dusk… and beyond. We get up and see our Portuguese landladies and Bulgarian flatmates, then ride the bus to work with a couple of Swedish bank clerks and the multilingual children of the European schools, spend eight hours surrounded by trainees and officials from all the EU states and even some non-EU countries… not to mention the dwellers of the Luxembourgish bars and clubs. At the end of the day, we’ve spoken two or three different languages and heard or read at least a dozen.
This is unique among the unique.
To make the most of it, we have our trainee language courses, where native or near-native speakers teach keen learners their language. French is a popular choice, as many of us have come to Luxembourg with little beyond ‘bonjour’ and ‘merci’, and learning French in a French-speaking country would seem a logical choice. But we don’t always go for logical, do we? Oh no. I wonder what your parents will say when you go back home from Luxembourg having learnt Finnish, Spanish or Romanian.
If you haven’t joined any language course yet or if you have a free slot in your timetable, you can join one today! Get in touch with our wonderful teachers and find out when and where they are holding their courses:
French: Natalia, Candice, Tomaž, Kasia, Petra Z.
German: Franziska, Elisa, Lisa.
Italian: Fabio, Gloria.
Finnish: Leena, Eva, Živilė.