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Standard Latvian Vocabulary - Drinks

Hi Standard Latvian learners! 😊
In this lesson, we will learn useful Standard Latvian words and expressions related to drinks. We will also give you some cultural information and interesting facts about beverages in Latvia. So, let's get started!

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Beverages[edit | edit source]

In Latvia, people enjoy a wide range of beverages, from alcoholic to non-alcoholic ones. Some of the most popular drinks in Latvia are beer, herbal teas, natural juices, and mineral water. Additionally, Latvia is well-known for its production of vodka, which is usually made from grains or potatoes.

Non-Alcoholic Beverages[edit | edit source]

Let's start with non-alcoholic beverages.

Standard Latvian Pronunciation English
vēsu ūdeni ['ve:su 'u:deni] cold water
tēju ['te:jʊ] tea
zaļo tēju ['zæʎɔ 'te:jʊ] green tea
melno tēju ['melno 'te:jʊ] black tea
kafiju ['ka:fiju] coffee
sulu ['sʊlu] juice
augļu sulu ['aʊɣʎʊ 'sʊlu] fruit juice
apelsīnu sulu [a'pelsi:nu 'sʊlu] orange juice
pienu ['pi:ɛnu] milk
karstu kakao ['kars'tu 'ka:kao] hot cocoa
limonādi [lɪmɔ'na:di] lemonade

Interesting fact[edit | edit source]

"Riga Black Balsam" (Rīgas Melnais balzams) is a traditional herbal liqueur and one of the most famous alcoholic exports of Latvia. It is made with a secret recipe containing 24 ingredients, including various herbs, roots, berries, and spices.

Alcoholic Beverages[edit | edit source]

Now, let's move on to the alcoholic beverages.

Standard Latvian Pronunciation English
alu ['alu] beer
gaišo alu ['ɡaiʃɔ 'alu] light beer
tumšo alu ['tumʃɔ 'alu] dark beer
vīnu ['vi:nu] wine
balto vīnu ['balto 'vi:nu] white wine
sarkano vīnu ['sarkano 'vi:nu] red wine
degvīnu ['dɛɡvi:nu] spirits
olu ['olu] egg liqueur
dzērienu ['dze:ri:ɛnu] cocktail

Cultural information[edit | edit source]

In Latvia, beer brewing is considered a traditional craft with a long history. Latvians consume 62 liters of beer per capita annually, making them one of the largest beer-drinking nations in the world.

Ordering Drinks[edit | edit source]

To help you prepare for ordering drinks in Latvian, here is an example dialogue:

  • Person 1: Vai es varu pasūtīt glāzi vīna? (Can I order a glass of wine?)
  • Person 2: Protams, kādu vīnu Jūs vēlaties? (Sure, what kind of wine would you like?)
  • Person 1: Balto vīnu, lūdzu. (White wine, please.)
  • Person 2: Lūdzu, te ir Jūsu vīns. (Here you go, your wine.)

Conclusion[edit | edit source]

Congratulations! 🎉 Now you know some useful vocabulary related to drinks in Standard Latvian. You can practice even more by checking the Polyglot Club website, where you can find native speakers and ask them any questions you might have. You can also reinforce your knowledge by revising the Vocabulary section on the Standard Latvian page. Keep up the good work! 😊

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