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I wish to learn Latvian
Posted December 26th, 2012 - 5:38 pm by from Bordeaux, France (Permalink)
Hi everybody :)

My name is Guillaume, I'm a french traveller, but I'm looking to stay for a while in Latvia. I live now in Kuldiga, and wish to learn your language :) I already try to make my own exercices, but you know how the beginning is the most difficult !

I plan to visit a lot the country, so looking for friends everywhere :) Thanks a lot for your nice help !

Guillaume ohz on facebook

Posted December 26th, 2012 - 8:51 pm by from Mantova, Italy (Permalink)

I am an EVS volunteer, now n Latvia 9 months, living in Cēsis. I am sure that people have told you Latvian is hard and thins like that, and, well of course it is not simple, like any language. But I can tell you truly that it is not impossible to learn, if you actually want to do it :) Now I am getting by very comfortably, and enjoying it very much! I can send links to some useful websites, if you would like... and also, if you would like to visit Cēsis you are welcome!

Happy travels in this beautiful country :)

Posted December 27th, 2012 - 12:16 pm by from Bordeaux, France (Permalink)
Hi Kali,

Thanks a lot for you nice help, yes I didn't talk so much but if I'm here it's because after a 15-months travel around Europe, Latvija is one of my favorite country. If I really thought it was impossible I was worried to start learning latvian, but actually I just have to work and speak everydays, and should be fine :) I just wish on my road to live in different countries, and Latvija is one of my dreams. I'm always happy when somebody wants to help me, so yes, please, share me your websites ! See you soon in Cēsis !


Posted December 30th, 2012 - 11:45 pm by from Martigne-Briand, France (Permalink)
Sveiki Guillaume...

Je suis français et je comprends le Letton courant.
Cela fait 5 ans que je pratique la langue Lettone. Ce n'est pas une langue difficile. Le vocabulaire courant est simple et c'est juste la grammaire qui est difficile à maîtriser à cause des déclinaisons.
Bref pour faire simple, je te conseil d'aller voir en face du cirque de Riga sur la rue principale en face de la grande gare. (Vers le 11 ou le 7 4 Merķeļa iela, (http://maps.google.fr/maps/place?q=56.948839,24.119475&hl=fr&ftid=0x46eecfd30d193d03:0x63d1da1433c086a0) Il y a un bureau pour les russes qui doivent passer un examen pour devenir citoyen Letton. Il existe des méthodes d'apprentissage avec des cassettes, des livres, moitié en russe moitié en anglais qui m'a beaucoup aidé. C'est efficace et l’accueil assez sympathique. Les prix sont raisonnables.
Ma copine donnait des cours de Français à l'université à coté de l'opéra alors il y a peut être des cours de Letton/anglais pour débutant.
Je te souhaite beaucoup de courage et de ne pas baisser les bras, cela vaut le coup de comprendre les subtilités de cette langue très riche.
Mon endroit favori est la région de REDZENEK en Latgale et de me promener sur la frontière avec la Russie. Essaye de monter sur le clocher de l'église de Zilupe de voir les immense plaines, c'est impressionnant.
Bonne chance...

I am French and I understand the current Latvian.
It has been 5 years since I practiced Latvian language. This is not a difficult language. The vocabulary is simple and it's just the grammar that is difficult to control due to variations.
Brief Basically, I advise you to go in front of the Riga Circus on the main street in front of the main railways station. There is an office for the Russians who must pass an exam to become a citizen Latvian. There are methods of learning with cassettes, books, half Russian half in English which helped me a lot. It is efficient and people are quite friendly. The prices are reasonable.
My girlfriend gave French lessons at the university next to the opera then there may be courses Latvian / English for beginners.
I wish you courage and not giving up, it is interresting to understand the intricacies of this very rich language.
My favorite place is in the region of Latgale REDZENEK and walk on the border with Russia. Try to climb the tower of the church of Zilupe see huge plains, it is impressive.

Lai tev jauka diena, un viss kartiba

Posted January 5th, 2013 - 11:07 pm by from Cognac, France (Permalink)
Labvakar !

Obviously french are into it to learn the beautiful langage of the Baltic. I was a volunteer as well years ago in Riga.
I am starting to learn it back after stumbling on it ))

Je vais me procurer "le letton de poche" édition "assimile" pour redémarrer avec des bases écrites.

Profite bien du pays, j'y suis retourné souvent, un charme envoûtant.
J'ai bien aimé la campagne de Skriveri, Aizkraukle ou Koknese avec les ruines du château sur la Daugava !
Autrement Mazirbe et Saulkrasti pour l'été !

Bon voyage et uz redzesanos !


Posted January 6th, 2013 - 9:37 am by from Riga, Latvia (Permalink)
Salut! Je suis letton qui parle (plus ou moins) français, donc si tu as besoin d'une opinion native, n'hésite pas de me contacter!

Hi! I'm Latvian who speaks (more or less) French so if you need a native opinion don't hesitate to contact me!

Posted January 7th, 2013 - 7:51 am by from Balozi, Latvia (Permalink)
Hi Guillame,

I have learned a bit French and I would be happy to teach you Latvian in exchange of French. I have already done that with other French guy from Cochsurfing.

I am from Riga, so if you come here for some time, you can contact me and maybe we can arrange something. Since I'm working and rather busy, I could only meet on some evening or weekend, but still, I would really love to teach you some Latvian :)


Posted January 22nd, 2013 - 12:31 am by from Bordeaux, France (Permalink)
Hello some news: I plan to visit Riga all the next week. I think I found my host but if somebody want to offer me some time and couch too, it will be very awesome ! Again, my main goal is to learn and meet Latvians! I will try to be present for the weekly tuesday meeting :)

Keep my phone: +33638011001

Paldies !
Guillaume (say Giom!)