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Sveicināti, dārgie draugi! Welcome to StudyLatvian.com - your free resource for learning Latvian - a beautiful yet not that simple language.
Latvian is very melodious, don't you think so? But is it a logical tongue? Is it easy to learn? You tell me!
If you need some serious knowledge or just want to impress your sweetheart, feel free to use the materials published on this website.
Latvian (Lettish or Lettisch) language is the official language of Latvia - a small country in East Northern Europe, one of the 3 Baltic states.
There are about 1.5 million native Latvian speakers in Latvia and about 150,000 abroad, but it is also spoken by a relatively large number of non-native speakers due to the language policy in Latvia.
Latvian belongs to the Indo-European language family tree and is a fruit of its Baltic branch (click on the picture to enlarge -->).
It has two fellow languages: Lithuanian and Old Prussian, which is extinct. They say Baltic tongues are very close and somewhat similar, but for me personally it is impossible to understand Lithuanian.
Which countries do you think have the most recognizable shapes? To my mind, it's definitely Italy and Latvia. Some people see the outline of Latvia as a heart, some - as lungs, some have Latvia-shaped birthmarks... Anyway, it shows that this country plays a certain part in the world's organism :)
Of course, the image of the country is not complete without describing the people living in it. But as I am one of those people, it's kind of hard to do it without bias. So what I am going to do is to list the things/people Latvia is famous for and/or Latvians are proud of:
caraway cheese, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, choral singing, amber, ice hockey, Brainstorm (Prāta vētra), rye bread, Eurovision 2003, Jūrmala, Art Nouveau, Raimonds Pauls, dancing, folk songs, Ventas rumba, novuss... Enough for the portrait?