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We have adopted an objective and efficient approach to learn how to speak a language easily and quickly: we suggest you to start by memorizing words, phrases and practical expressions that you can use in everyday life and that will be useful when traveling.
Getting used to pronounce words out loud, numbers for exemple, is an easy exercise that you can practice often and at anytime throughout the day.
It will help you to get used to the sounds of your chosen language and thus make it more familiar.
And once your holidays have begun in Riga, Sigulda or another city in Latvia, you will be surprised how familiar and easy to understand it will seem.
Furthermore, using a pocket dictionary is always useful, particularly during a trip. It enables you to find the translation of new words and enrich your vocabulary.
17 themes
17 themes

Essentials

Essentials
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Hello
Labdien
Good evening
Labvakar
Goodbye
Uz redzēšanos
See you later
Uz tikšanos
Yes

No

Excuse me!
Atvainojiet
Thanks
Paldies
Thanks a lot
Liels paldies!
Thank you for your help
Pateicos par palīdzību
Don't mention it
Lūdzu
Ok
Labi
How much is it?
Cik tas maksā, lūdzu?
Sorry!
Piedodiet!
I don't understand
Es nesaprotu
I get it
Es sapratu
I don't know
Es nezinu
Forbidden
Aizliegts
Excuse me, where are the toilets?
Kur ir tualete, lūdzu?
Happy New Year!
Laimīgu Jauno Gadu!
Happy birthday!
Daudz laimes dzimšanas dienā!
Happy holiday!
Priecīgus svētkus!
Congratulations!
Apsveicu!



Conversation

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Hello. How are you?
Labdien! Kā tev iet?
Hello. I'm fine, thank you
Labdien! Paldies, labi
No, I don't speak Latvian
Nē, es nerunāju latviski
Only a little bit
Tikai mazliet
Where do you come from?
No kuras valsts tu esi?
What is your nationality?
Kāda ir tava nacionalitāte?
I am from Latvia
Es esmu latvietis
And you, do you live here?
Un tu, vai tu dzīvo šeit?
Yes, I live here
Jā, es dzīvoju šeit
My name is Sarah, what's your name?
Mani sauc Sāra, un tevi?
Julian
?iljēns
What are you doing here?
Ar ko tu šeit nodarbojies?
I am on holiday
Esmu atvaļinājumā
We are on holiday
Esam atvaļinājumā
I am on a business trip
Esmu komandējumā
I work here
Es šeit strādāju
We work here
Mēs šeit strādājam
Where are the good places to go out and eat?
Tu zini labu vietu, kur var paēst?
Is there a museum in the neighbourhood?
Vai netālu ir kāds muzejs?
Where could I get an internet connection?
Kur var pieslēgties internetam?



Learning

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Do you want to learn a few words?
Tu gribi iemācīties dažus vārdus?
Yes, sure!
Jā, labi!
What's this called?
Kā tas saucās?
It's a table
Tas ir galds
A table. Do you understand?
Galds, saproti
I don't understand
Es nesaprotu
Can you repeat please?
Tu vari atkārtot, lūdzu?
Can you talk a bit more slowly, please ?
Vai tu vari runāt mazliet lēnāk?
Could you write it down, please?
Tu vari to uzrakstīt lūdzu?
I get it
Es sapratu



Colours

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I like the colour of this table
Man patīk šī galda krāsa
It's red
Tas ir sarkans
Blue
Zils
Yellow
Dzeltens
White
Balts
Black
Melns
Green
Zaļš
Orange
Oranžs
Purple
Violets
Grey
Pelēks



Numbers

Numbers
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Zero
Nulle
One
Viens
Two
Divi
Three
Trīs
Four
Četri
Five
Pieci
Six
Seši
Seven
Septiņi
Eight
Astoņi
Nine
Deviņi
Ten
Desmit
Eleven
Vienpadsmit
Twelve
Divpadsmit
Thirteen
Trīspadsmit
Fourteen
Četrpadsmit
Fifteen
Piecpadsmit
Sixteen
Sešpadsmit
Seventeen
Septiņpadsmit
Eighteen
Astoņpadsmit
Nineteen
Deviņpadsmit
Twenty
Divdesmit
Twenty-one
Divdesmit viens
Twenty-two
Divdesmit divi
Twenty-three
Divdesmit trīs
Twenty-four
Divdesmit četri
Twenty-five
Divdesmit pieci
Twenty-six
Divdesmit seši
Twenty-seven
Divdesmit septiņi
Twenty-eight
Divdesmit astoņi
Twenty-nine
Divdesmit deviņi
Thirty
Trīsdesmit
Thirty-one
Trīsdesmit viens
Thirty-two
Trīsdesmit divi
Thirty-three
Trīsdesmit trīs
Thirty-four
Trīsdesmit četri
Thirty-five
Trīsdesmit pieci
Thirty-six
Trīsdesmit seši
Forty
Četrdesmit
Fifty
Piecdesmit
Sixty
Sešdesmit
Seventy
Septiņdesmit
Eighty
Astoņdesmit
Ninety
Deviņdesmit
One hundred
Simts
A hundred and five
Simts pieci
Two hundred
Divi simti
Three hundred
Trīs simti
Four hundred
Četri simti
A thousand
Tūkstotis
A thousand five hundred
Tūkstotis pieci simti
Two thousand
Divi tūkstoši
Ten thousand
Desmit tūkstoši



Time tracking

Time tracking
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When did you get here?
Kad tu esi atbraucis šeit?
Today
Šodien
Yesterday
Vakar
Two days ago
Divas dienas atpakaļ
How long are you staying for?
Cik ilgi tu paliec šeit?
I'm leaving tomorrow
Es braucu prom rīt
I'll be leaving the day after tomorrow
Es braucu prom parīt
I'll be leaving in three days
Es braucu prom pēc trim dienām
Monday
Pirmdiena
Tuesday
Otrdiena
Wednesday
Trešdiena
Thursday
Ceturtdiena
Friday
Piektdiena
Saturday
Sestdiena
Sunday
Svētdiena
January
Janvāris
February
Februāris
March
Marts
April
Aprīlis
May
Maijs
June
Jūnija
July
Jūlijs
August
Augusts
September
Septembris
October
Oktobris
November
Novembris
December
Decembris
What time are you leaving at?
Cikos tu brauc prom?
Morning, at eight o'clock
Astoņos no rīta
Morning, at a quarter past 8
Astoņos piecpadsmit no rīta
Morning, at half past 8
Astoņos trīsdesmit no rīta
Morning, at a quarter to nine
Astoņos četrdesmit piecās no rīta
Evening, at 6pm
Sešos vakarā
I am late
Es kavēju



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Taxi! 
Taksi!
Where would you like to go?
Kūr Jūs braucat?
I'm going to the train station
Man vajag uz staciju
I'm going to the Day and Night Hotel
Braucu uz Diennakts viesnīcu
Can you take me to the airport, please?
Jūs varat mani aizvest uz lidostu?
Can you take my luggage?
Vai Jūs varat paņemt manu bagāžu?
Is it far from here?
Vai tas ir tālu?
No it's close
Nē, tas ir tuvu
Yes it's a little bit further away
Jā, tas ir nedaudz tālāk
How much will it be?
Cik tas maksās?
Take me there, please
Aizvediet mani šeit, lūdzu
You go right
Tas ir pa labi
You go left
Tas ir pa kreisi
It's straight on
Tas ir taisni
It's right here
Tas ir šeit
It's that way
Tas ir tur
Stop!
Apstājieties!
Take your time
Nesteidzieties
Can I have a receipt, please?
Vai Jūs varētu izrakstīt kvīti?



Feelings

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I really like your country
Man ļoti patīk tava zeme
I love you
Es tevi mīlu
I am happy
Esmu laimīgs
I am sad
Esmu skumjš
I feel great here
Es labi jūtos šeit
I am cold
Man ir auksti
I am hot
Man ir karsti
It's too big
Tas ir pārāk liels
It's too small
Tas ir pārāk mazs
It's perfect
Tas ir perfekti
Do you want to go out tonight?
Tu gribi kaut kur aiziet šovakar?
I would like to go out tonight
Es gribētu kaut kur aiziet šovakar
It is a good idea
Laba doma
I want to have fun
Gribu izklaidēties
It is not a good idea
Tā nav laba doma
I don't want to go out tonight
Es negribu nekur iet šovakar
I want to rest
Es gribu atpūsties
Would you like to do some sport?
Varbūt vēlies pasportot?
Yes, I need to relax
Jā, gribu iztrakoties!
I play tennis
Es spēlēju tenisu
No thanks. I am tired already
Nē, paldies, jūtos diezgan noguris



Family

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Do you have family here?
Vai tev šeit ir radi?
My father
Mans tēvs
My mother
Mana māte
My son
Mans dēls
My daughter
Mana meita
A brother
Brālis
a sister
Māsa
a friend
Draugs
a friend
Draudzene
My boyfriend
Mans draugs
My girlfriend
Mana draudzene
My husband
Mans vīrs
My wife
Mana sieva



Bar

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The bar
Bārs
Would you like to have a drink?
Vēlies kaut ko iedzert?
To drink
Dzert
Glass
Glāze
With pleasure
Labprāt
What would you like?
Ko tu ņemsi?
What's on offer?
Ko Jūs piedāvājat iedzert?
There is water or fruit juices
Ir ūdens vai augļu sulas
Water
Ūdens
Can you add some ice cubes, please?
Pielieciet ledu lūdzu
Ice cubes
Ledu
Chocolate
Šokolādi
Milk
Pienu
Tea
Tēju
Coffee
Kafiju
With sugar
Ar cukuru
With cream
Ar saldo krējumu
Wine
Vīnu
Beer
Alu
A tea please
Tēju, lūdzu
A beer please
Alu, lūdzu
What would you like to drink?
Ko jūs dzersiet?
Two teas please!
Divas tējas, lūdzu
Two beers please!
Divus alus, lūdzu
Nothing, thanks
Neko, paldies
Cheers!
Priekā!
Cheers!
Uz veselību!
Can we have the bill please?
Sarēķiniet lūdzu
Excuse me, how much do I owe?
Cik man ir jāmaksā, lūzu?
Twenty euros
Divdesmit eiro
It's on me
Es uzsaucu



Restaurant

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The restaurant
Restorāns
Would you like to eat?
Tu gribi ēst?
Yes, with pleasure
Jā, labrāt
To eat
Ēst
Where can we eat?
Kur mēs varam paēst?
Where can we have lunch?
Kur mēs varam paēst brokastis?
Dinner
Vakariņas
Breakfast
Brokastis
Excuse me!
Lūdzu!
The menu, please
Ēdienkarti, lūdzu!
Here is the menu
Lūk, ēdienkarte!
What do you prefer to eat? Meat or fish?
Kas tev vairāk garšo - gaļa vai zivs?
With rice
Ar rīsiem
With pasta
Ar marakoniem
Potatoes
Kartupeļi
Vegetables
Dārzeņi
Scrambled eggs - fried eggs - or a boiled egg
Olu kultenis - ceptas olas - vai mīksti vārītas olas
Bread
Maize
Butter
Sviests
Salad
Lapu salāti
Dessert
Deserts
Fruit
Augļi
Can I have a knife, please?
Vai Jūs varat iedot nazi?
Yes, I'll bring it to you right away
Jā, tūlīt atnesīšu
a knife
Nazis
a fork
Dakša
a spoon
Karote
Is it a warm dish?
Tas ir siltais ēdiens?
Yes, very hot also!
Jā, un tajā ir daudz garšvielu
Warm
Silts
Cold
Auksts
Hot
Ass
I'll have fish
Es ņemšu zivi
Me too
Es arī



Parting

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It's late, I have to go!
Ir vēls! Man ir jāiet!
Shall we meet again?
Vai mēs varētu satikties vēlreiz?
Yes with pleasure
Jā, ar prieku
This is my address
Es dzīvoju šajā adresē
Do you have a phone number?
Vai tev ir tālruņa numurs
Yes here you go
Jā, lūk
I had a lovely time
Es jauki pavadīju laiku kopā ar tevi
Me too, it was a pleasure to meet you
Man arī bija bija prieks tevi satikt
We will see each other soon
Mēs drīz atkal tiksimies
I hope so too
Es arī ceru
Goodbye
Uz redzēšanos
See you tomorrow
Līdz rītam!
Bye!
Čau!



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Excuse me! I'm looking for the bus stop
Lūdzu, vai Jūs lūdzu varētu pateikt, kur ir autobusu pietura?
How much is a ticket to Sun City? 
Cik maksā biļete uz Saules Pilsētu, lūdzu?
Where does this train go, please? 
Kur iet šis vilciens, lūdzu?
Does this train stop at Sun City? 
Vai šis vilciens pietur Saules Pilsētā?
When does the train for Sun City leave? 
Cikos atiet vilciens uz Saules Pilsētu?
When will this train arrive in Sun City? 
Cikos pienāk vilciens uz Saules Pilsētu?
A ticket for Sun City, please
Vienu biļeti uz Saules Pilsētu, lūdzu
Do you have the train's time table?
Vai Jums ir vilcienu saraksts?
Bus schedule
Autobusu saraksts
Excuse me, which train goes to Sun City?
Kurš būtu vilciens uz Saules Pilsētu, lūdzu?
This one
Tas ir šis
Thanks
Paldies
Don't mention it, have a good trip!
Nav par ko. Patīkamu braucienu!
The garage
Autoserviss
The petrol station
Degvielas uzpildes stacija
A full tank, please
Pilnu bāku, lūdzu
Bike
Ritenis
Town centre
Pilsētas centrs
Suburb
Priekšpilsēta
It is a city
Tā ir liela pilsēta
It is a village
Tas ir ciems
A mountain
Kalns
a lake
Ezers
The countryside
Lauki



Looking for someone

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Excuse me, is Sarah here?
Vai Sāra ir, lūdzu?
Yes, she's here
Jā, viņa ir šeit
She's out
Viņa ir izgājusi
You can call her on her mobile phone
Jūs varat piezvanīt viņai uz mobīlo
Do you know where I could find her?
Vai Jūs zinat, kur es varu viņu atrast?
She is at work
Viņa ir darbā
She is at home
Viņa ir mājās
Excuse me, is Julien here?
Vai Žiljēns ir, lūdzu?
Yes, he's here
Jā, viņš ir šeit
He's out
Viņš ir izgājis
Do you know where I could find him?
Vai Jūs zinat, kur es varu viņu atrast?
You can call him on his mobile phone
Jūs varat piezvanīt viņam uz mobīlo
He is at work
Viņš ir darbā
He is at home
Viņš ir mājās



Hotel

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The hotel
Viesnīca
Apartment
Dzīvoklis
Welcome!
Laipni lūdzam!
Do you have a room available?
Vai Jums ir brīvs numurs?
Is there a bathroom in the room?
Vai tajā ir vannas istaba?
Would you prefer two single beds?
Vai Jūs vēlaties divas vienvietīgas gultas?
Do you wish to have a twin room?
Vai Jūs vēlaties divvietīgu istabu?
A room with bathtub - with balcony - with shower
Istaba ar vannu - ar balkonu - ar dušu
Bed and breakfast
Istaba ar brokastīm
How much is it for a night?
Cik maksā par vienu nakti?
I would like to see the room first
Es gribētu vispirms apskatīt istabu!
Yes, of course
Jā, protams!
Thank you, the room is very nice
Paldies. Man patīk istaba
OK, can I reserve for tonight?
Labi, vai es varu rezervēt uz šo vakaru?
It's a bit too much for me, thank you
Tas ir pārāk dārgi priekš manis, paldies
Could you take care of my luggage, please?
Vai Jūs varat parūpēties par manu bagāžu?
Where is my room, please?
Kur atrodas mana istaba, lūdzu?
It is on the first floor
Tā ir otrajā stāvā
Is there a lift?
Vai Jums ir lifts?
The elevator is on your left
Lifts ir pa kreisi
The elevator is on your right
Lifts ir pa labi
Where is the laundry room, please?
Kur atrodas veļas mazgātava?
It is on the ground floor
Tā ir pirmajā stāvā
Ground floor
Pirmais stāvs
Bedroom
Istaba
Dry cleaner's
Ķīmiskā tīrītava
Hair salon
Frizētava
Car parking space
Automašīnu stāvvieta
Let's meet in the meeting room?
Tiekamies konferenču zālē?
Meeting room
Konferenču zāle
The swimming pool is heated
Baseins ir apsildāms
Swimming pool
Baseins
Please, wake me up at seven a.m.
Pamodiniet mani septiņos, lūdzu
The key, please
Atslēgu, lūdzu
The pass, please
Elektronisko atslēgu, lūdzu
Are there any messages for me?
Vai ir ziņojumi priekš manis?
Yes, here you are
Jā, lūdzu
No, we didn't receive anything for you
Nē, priekš Jums nekā nav
Where can I get some change?
Man vajag sīkāku naudu, kur es varu samainīt?
Please can you give me some change?
Vai Jūs varētu man samainit naudu?
We can make some for you, how much would you like?
Jā, mēs varam. Cik Jūs vēlaties samainīt?



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Pludmale
Do you know where I can buy a ball?
Kur es varētu nopirkt bumbu, lūdzu?
There is a store in this direction
Uz to pusi ir veikals
a ball
Bumba
Binoculars
Binoklis
a cap
Naģene
a towel
Dvielis
Sandals
Zandales
a bucket
Spainis
Suntan lotion
Pretiedeguma krēms
Swimming trunks
Peldbikses - šorti
Sunglasses
Saules brilles
Shellfish
Vēžveidīgie
Sunbathing
Sauļoties
Sunny
Saulains
Sunset
Saulriets
Parasol
Saulessargs
Sun
Saule
Sunstroke
Saules dūriens
Is it dangerous to swim here?
Vai šeit ir bīstami peldēties?
No, it is not dangerous
Nē, nav bīstami
Yes, it is forbidden to swim here
Jā, šeit ir aizliegts peldēties
Swim
Peldēt
Swimming
Peldēšana
Wave
Vilnis
Sea
Jūra
Dune
Kāpa
Sand
Smiltis
What is the weather forecast for tomorrow?
Kāds būs laiks rīt?
The weather is going to change
Laiks mainīsies
It is going to rain
Būs lietus
It will be sunny
Būs saule
It will be very windy
Būs liels vējš
Swimming suit
Peldkostīms
Sunshade
Ēna



In case of trouble

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Can you help me, please?
Vai Jūs nevarētu man palīdzēt, lūdzu?
I'm lost
Esmu apmaldījies
What would you like?
Ko Jūs vēlaties?
What happened?
Kas notika?
Where could I find an interpreter?
Kur es varu atrast tulku?
Where is the nearest chemist's shop?
Kur atrodas tuvākā aptieka?
Can you call a doctor, please
Vai Jūs varat izsaukt ārstu lūdzu
Which kind of treatment are you undergoing at the moment?
Kādas zāles Jūs šobrīd lietojat?
a hospital
Slimnīca
a chemist's
Aptieka
a doctor
Ārsts
Medical department
Medicīniskā palīdzība
I lost my papers
Es pazaudēju manus dokumentus
My papers have been stolen
Man nozaga manus dokumentus
Lost-property office
Atradumu birojs
First-aid station
Glābšanas dienests
Emergency exit
Avārijas izeja
The police
Policija
Papers
Dokumenti
Money
Nauda
Passport
Pase
Luggage
Bagāža
I'm ok, thanks
Paldies, nevajag
Leave me alone!
Lieciet man mieru!
Go away!
Ejiet!



Why speak Latvian while traveling?

Independence through song

A Baltic state member of the European Union and NATO, Latvia is a country committed to the art of sound and music, a domain of great importance in its cultural heritage. 
It is remarkable that half the population has attended music lessons or sings in a choir, a fact that is reflected in the regular attendance of a large proportion of the population at the opera or at orchestral recitals. In view of this, it is not surprising that the national singing and dancing festivals which take place every five years are events of enormous importance in the life of the country. Among the internationally renowned Latvian musicians are Mariss Jansons and Gidon Kremer. Indeed, the celebration of songs and dance of the three Baltic countries are on the UNESCO list of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The country also organizes numerous film and theatre festivals including 2ANNAS and Lielais Kristaps. Among the key figures in modern Latvian culture are the writer, journalist and screenwriter Imants Ziedonis, and the poet Vizma Belševica.  On a journey through Latvia, do not miss Jurmala Beach or the amazing scenery of Sigulda, a town located in the Gauja National Park where you will discover the legend of the Rose of Turaida, Gutmanis Cave, castles etc. 

Make a success of your stay in Latvia

Whether you are going to spend a few days with friends for a leisure trip or if you are on a business trip, nothing will be more useful to you than to be able to slip a few words in the language of your interlocutors, who will appreciate your effort and will be certainly more willing to help.

How to succeed in having good pronunciation within a week to a month?

An Indo-European language spoken by more than 1.5 million people around the world, Latvian uses the Latin alphabet and diacritic marks to form its 34 letters. Usually, the pronunciation of Latvian does not pose too many problems in learning, as almost all the phonemes are represented by a clean letter, which makes the reading of a word easier.
In relation to the rhythm of the language, the accentuation of words is almost always on the first syllable, and there are three types of tone: the flat, the descending and the interrupted. Vowels can be long or short and this is distinctive in some words. One tip to identify the duration of a vowel in a word is to look at whether in its spelling it has the macron, a diacritic which shows that it is long.