Why Latvia


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Latvian

The state language is Latvian, which belongs to the Indo-European family of languages. The Latvian language is considered one of the oldest languages of this family. It is a nonslavic and nongermanic language, similar only to Lithuanian.

These two languages form the Baltic language group. It has preserved many archaic features in its sound system and grammar.

The split between Latvian and Lithuanian proto-dialects took place in the sixth and seventh centuries A.D. The formation of the common Latvian language began during the 10-12th centuries. Today traces of tribal dialects can be found in the three main dialects (Central, Tamian and High Latvian) and in more than 500 vernaculars of the Latvian language, which co-exist with the highly standardised form of Latvian.

Mini Dictionary 


English

Latvian

Hello!

Labdien!

How are you?

Kā iet?

Yes/No

Jā/Nē

Please

Lūdzu

Thank you

Paldies

Sorry

Atvainojiet

Where is...?

Kur atrodas...?

What time is it?

Cik ir pulkstenis?

My name is...

Mani sauc...

What’s your name?

Kā Tevi sauc?

How much does it cost?

Cik maksā?


  
You can learn simple phrases to use in ten common conversational situations (for example, what to say at a party, to your date, or when cheering on your favorite team) here.