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This tool's only aim is to encourage you to speak aloud, in order to familiarise yourself with the language you wish to speak.
By listening to yourself speak, you will speed up your rate of learning spectacularly.

On the other hand, we do not advise you to use it thinking that it will allow you to acquire perfect pronunciation, only a human teacher can truly help you to achieve this.

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Translation / Essentials

Learn latvian - Essentials
Learn latvian - Essentials

English Latvian
Hello Labdien
Good evening Labvakar
Goodbye Uz redzēšanos
See you later Uz tikšanos
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!

How to learn Latvian by yourself? Start with an easy and free online course!

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. And 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.

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.
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