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What do you know, the 26th of September was the European Day of Languages.
The BBC however put together a real nice site with an overview of the 35 major languages of Europe. The entry for each language includes the language family tree, the number of speakers, where it is spoken, the alphabet used with any additions, information on it’s oldest known written form and often another historical note. There are also a few key phrases for each language. So..
Schwätzt Du Lëtzeburgesch?
Oh, and no I don’t speak Luxembourgish. It was spoken (some) in an area I lived in Germany (Bitburg) as a youth. It was also spoken on the farm in Luxemburg where I stayed when I had chicken pox…but that’s a whole different story.