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Native speakers: unknown (undated figure of 1.75 million)
Official language in: Latvia, European Union.
Latvian Grammar and Pronunciation
The Latvian Alphabet, Pronunciation: Hints and Rules, Historical Relationships to other Languages, Parts of Speech: Nouns, verbs, adverbs, etc., Sentences: Statements, questions, etc., Latvian Language Lessons: Learn to speak Latvian, Appendices: miscellaneous information on pronunciation, grammar, and vocabular.
Language lessons and vocabulary.
All the lessons contain audio and are all offered for free. We will learn the alphabet together. We will also review some simple grammar rules, practice common phrases, and we will have fun memorizing many important vocabulary lists.
Courses about adjectives, adverbs, articles, gender (feminine, masculine…), negation, nouns, numbers, phrases, plural, prepositions, pronouns, questions, verbs, vocabulary, excercises.
This site is designed to teach you and help you learn Latvian for free through vocabulary, phrases, grammar and flashcards (vocabulary trainer).
Language lessons for children. More than 300 FREE Latvian games and activities.
Grammar in English and Latvian.
Grammar & basic vocabulary.
Extensive Latvian Grammar.
Latvian language lessons and vocabulary.
12 lessons and exercises.
Digitized Grammar Books
Latvian Language Competencies for Peace Corps Volunteers in the Republic of Latvia (1992), 147 pages (pdf). This guide is designed for Latvian language training of Peace Corps workers in Latvia, is intended for use in a competency-based language training program, and reflects daily communication needs in that context.
Latvian self-taught for English speaking people by Ojārs Krātiņš (~1963).
Colloquial Latvian: The Complete Course for Beginners (1996)(view only).
Colloquial Latvian: The Complete Course for Beginners by Dace Praulinš, Christopher Moseley (2012)(view only).
Complete Latvian: Teach Yourself by Tereza Svilane (2012)(view only).
A Grammar of Modern Latvian by Trevor G. Fennell,Henry Gelsen (1980)(view only).
English to Latvian basic vocabulary.
A 207-word frequency list.
Vocabulary for travelers.
Thematic vocabulary (on the left).
This is the wordlist from the MediaGlyphs project (2235 entries).
ChatTalk – This is a small phrasebook which contains useful phrases you can use on a chat.
Just Read Phrases! This is a phrasebook that consists out of nearly 200 phrases. We tried to use various grammar constructions and a lot of basic vocabulary in these phrases, making them an excellent means to practise a language and learning vocabulary by just reading phrases (192 entries).
Basic Phrasebook. This is a phrasebook containing all sorts of useful basic phrases you can use in everyday situations (757 entries).
Language learning games.
Learn thematic phrases – these cover a wide variety of topics, including the numbers, days of the week, greetings and the months. The phrases have audio recorded by a native speaker.
Basic words and useful phrases you will need for your trip (with pdf and audio).
Flashcards for learners of all levels.
Hundreds of flashcards.
Lessons and hundreds of flashcards.
Vocabulary-related (and digitized) E-books
A small phrasebook, 10 pages (pdf)
Latvian vocabulary for English speakers – 3000 words by Andrey Taranov (2013)(view only).
Latvian Reading Materials
A list of over 50 newspapers.
A list of over 30 newspapers.
A list of regional and national newspapers.
Latvian version of Wikipedia.
- http://www.dicts.info/ (picture dictionary)
Latvian-English Dictionary, Tom 2 (2008)(view only).
Latvian Listening and Video Resources
PODCASTS / AUDIOBOOKS
Over 10000 words pronounced by native-speakers.
Some fairy tales with text and audio.
TV / VIDEO / MOVIES
A List Of 9 TV Stations.
A List Of 13 TV Stations.
Interactive video lessons in easy to understand Latvian.
A List Of Latvian Movies (with links).
A List Of YT Video Lessons.
A list of over 20 radio stations.
A list of over 35 radio stations.
Kid Songs and Rhymes.
Latvian In Other Languages
French-Latvian thematic vocabulary.
Latvian-German dictionary by Carl Christian Ahlmann (1872).
Latvian Grammar (in Latvian).
Lettische grammatik by Jānis Endzelīns (1923)
Lettisches Lesebuch, grammatische und metrische Vorbemerkungen ; texte und Glossar by August Bielenstein (1922).
Die Elemente der lettischen Sprache by August Bielenstein (1866).
Handbuch der lettische Sprache by August Bielenstein (1863).
Die lettische Sprache nach ihren Lauten und Formen by August Bielenstein (1972).
Lettische Grammatik by Gotthard Friedrich Stender (1783).