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Welcome to the Standard Latvian learning page!

You will find below many free resources to learn and practice this language.

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Facts about Standard Latvian[edit | edit source]

  • Language code (ISO 639-3): lvs
  • Autonyms (how to write "Standard Latvian" in Standard Latvian): Latviešu / latviešu valoda
  • Other names for "Standard Latvian": Latviešu valoda,Latviski ("Lettisch","Lettish")
  • The Standard Latvian language is spoken in: Latvia

Latvian, also known as Lettish, is an Eastern Baltic language belonging to the Balto-Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family, spoken in the Baltic region. It is the language of Latvians and the official language of Latvia as well as one of the official languages of the European Union. There are about 1.3 million native Latvian speakers in Latvia and 100,000 abroad. Altogether, 2 million, or 80% of the population of Latvia, speak Latvian.


Latvian Dictionaries[edit | edit source]

Tēzaurs: Latvian dictionaries (meanings in Latvian), Latvian-German dictionaries (18th-20th centuries)

Mūsdienu latviešu valodas vārdnīca: dictionary of contemporary Latvian

Latviešu literārās valodas vārdnīca: dictionary of the literary Latvian language

Letonika: Latvian-English dictionary & German, Lithuanian, Estonian, Russian, Latin

Latvijas vēstures enciklopēdija: Latvian historical encyclopedia

Lingea: Latvian-English dictionary & multilingual

Iate: multilingual terminological dictionary (European Union)

Latvian-Latgalian dictionary

Loecsen: Latvian-English common phrases (+ audio)

Goethe-Verlag: Latvian-English common phrases & illustrated vocabulary (+ audio)

LanguageHelpers: Latvian-English vocabulary, common phrases & alphabet (+ audio)

Latvian-English vocabulary by topics

Latvian-Liv-English vocabulary: tourism

Спортивный словарь [PDF] Russian-English-Latvian-German Sport vocabulary

Wiktionary: etymology of Latvian words

[database project]: Baltic etymology (Latvian, Lithuanian)

Deutsch-lettisches Wörterbuch [PDF] Latvian-German dictionary, by Jēkabs Dravnieks (1910)

Kreewu-latweeschu-wahzu wardnice: Russian-Latvian-German dictionary by Krišjānis Valdemārs (1872)

Color names in Kreewu-latweeschu-wahzu wardnice, by Anitra Roze, in Acta baltico-slavica (2015)

Lettisches Wörterbuch [PDF] Latvian-German dictionary, by Carl Christian Ulmann (1872)

Deutsch-lettisches Wörterbuch [PDF] German-Latvian dictionary (1880)

Lettisches Lexikon & Deutsch-lettisch: Latvian-German dictionary, by Gotthard Friedrich Stender (Gothards Frīdrihs Stenders) (1789)

Vollständiges deutschlettisches Lexicon & Lettischdeutsches Lexicon: Latvian-German dictionary, by Jakob Lange (1777)

Wörter-Büchlein, wie etzliche gebräuchliche Sachen auff Teutsch, Schwedisch, Polnisch und Lettisch zu benennen seynd (1705)

Wörter-Büchlein, a German-Swedish-Polish-Latvian dictionary published in Riga in 1705 : introduction edited by Lennart Larsson (2011)

The sea, especially the Baltic Sea, from the point of view of Latvians and Latvian language, by Ojārs Bušs, in Sea names: heritage, perception and international relations (2015)

Word-formation pattern borrowing in Latvian by Andrejs Veisbergs, in Baltic Journal of English Language (2018)

Zum Einfluss des Lettischen auf das Deutsche im Baltikum: on the influence of Latvian on German in the Baltic area, by Ineta Polanska, thesis (2003)

Free Standard Latvian Lessons[edit | edit source]

Language Exchange[edit | edit source]

Forum[edit | edit source]

Tools[edit | edit source]

Marketplace[edit | edit source]

Latvian Online Virtual Keyboard[edit | edit source]

Last Lessons[edit | edit source]

Nature and outdoor recreationPopular sports and eventsHealthy living and habitsBody parts and basic health issuesThe genitive case and possessionLatvian music and dance traditionsLatvian language and literatureAccommodation and bookingMeans of transport and directionsThe subjunctive mood and wishesModern politics and societyMajor historical events and figuresJobs and professionsSchool subjects and degreesIndirect objects and the dative caseThe accusative case and direct objectsLatvian museums and exhibitionsLatvian art and architectureMusic, films and booksFree time activities and sportsPrepositions and their casesAdverbs of time and locationLatvian nature and national parksLatvian cities and regionsUsing public transportBuying groceries and household itemsThe past tense and other verb formsLatvian verb conjugation in the present tenseLatvian folklore and craftsLatvian cuisine


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