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In this section you will find out: How long does it take to master Latvian? | Does your mother-tongue affect your mastery of Latvian? | How many classes does it take to master Latvian? | Latvian language course for companies | Latvian language course for individuals | Latvian language course for individuals | Private classes | How much does a Latvian language course cost?

Latvian (latviešu valoda) is one of the two surviving Baltic languages (the other one is Lithuanian) which form a special subgroup within the Indo-European languages. Latvian is considered one of the most unchanged Indo-European languages spoken today and is roughly as old as Sanskrit. The Baltic languages are of particular interest to linguists because they retain many archaic features believed to have been present in the Proto-Indo-European language.

Latvian is an inflecting language with many analytical forms. Primary word stress, with a few exceptions, is on the first syllable. There are no articles in Latvian, however definiteness is expressed by inflection of adjectives. Basic word order in Latvian is subject–verb–object; however, word order is relatively free.

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. Its closest relations are the Slavic and Germanic language families. Official language of: Latvia, European Union. Language code ISO 639-1: LV.

How Long Does It Take to Master Latvian? 

In order to learn the communication phrases used by tourists in daily situations a couple days in the language course will suffice. However, if you want to master written and spoken Latvian more properly, you should allow one to three years. In order to achieve an academic level, you will need at least five to seven years.

Is It Possible to Master It Faster?

With time and motivation you can master Latvian faster. The more time you dedicate to learning the language, the faster you will achieve the result. Daily communication in Latvian will be a great advantage. And do not forget the media (radio and television), press, cultural events, music, and films in Latvian.

Does Your Mother-Tongue Affect Your Mastery of Latvian?

If you speak Lithuanian or it is your mother-tongue, you will learn Latvian easier and faster. People proficient in Slavic and Germanic languages will see similarities with the Latvian grammar system and words loaned from these languages. The Baltic languages are more closely related to Slavic, Germanic, and Indo-Iranian (in that order) than to the other branches of the family. 

Some important tips in order to master Latvian faster:

  • Learn each new word in the context it is used in.
  • Repeat what you have learned often because repetition is the mother of learning;
  • Use both real and virtual Latvian language domain;
  • Use the media (TV, radio, music, literature, social media platforms) in Latvian;
  • Read fiction in Latvian, start with easy Latvian;
  • Let yourself make mistakes, use the language, jump in the Latvian language river for a swim! You can do it!

How Many Classes Does It Take to Master Latvian?

Each language learner is different, however, you can see roughly how much effort and time you will have to dedicate to learning the language below:

C2 - 60 classes (C2/1) + 60 classes (C2/2)

C1 - 60 classes (C1/1) + 60 classes (C1/2)

B2 - 60 classes (B2/1) + 60 classes (B2/2) 

B1 - 60 classes (B1/1) + 60 classes (B1/2)

A2 - 48 classes (A2/1) + 48 classes (A2/2)

A1 - 48 classes (A1/1) + 48 classes (A1/2)

If you want to master one of the oldest Indo-European languages, contact the employees of our language centre by e-mail: kursi@balticmedia.com or call +371 67224395. 

For more information on how the language courses of Baltic Media, the leading language service company in Northern Europe, are organized visit: https://www.balticmedia.com/language-training-courses-classes-lessons 

Baltic Media is a language service company founded in Sweden with over 25 years of experience, therefore, you can trust our Latvian language course! We have a brand new, original Latvian language learning method Discover Latvian which helps to learn Latvian in a fast and effective manner.

Latvian Language Course for Companies

Teachers of the Baltic Media Language Learning Centre are professionals who use a creative, contemporary approach to preparing and conducting language courses and will adapt the content to your needs and wishes.

Latvian language courses we offer:

  • Correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2),;
  • Use a test to assesses Latvian language skills of employees before starting a course;
  • Develop all the necessary Latvian language skills with a focus on speaking;
  • Teach how to conduct successful business negotiations with clients or business partners.

During the studies, the teacher checks the progress of participants of the Latvian language course and at the end of the course submits to the employer a report on presence / absence and the assessment of language skills. Participants of the Latvian language course receive a certificate of the level of Latvian language skills achieved.

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Latvian Language Course for Individuals

Baltic Media Language Training Centre offers private lessons or group classes at our office. If you travel or go on business trips often, it is worth applying for Skype classes. Our teachers will develop a Latvian language course programme to meet your needs.

During classes you will learn how to do the following:

  • Book a hotel, order food, travel, find a job etc.;
  • Communicate to leave a good impression;
  • Tell about your culture or find out about the differences in another culture;
  • Conduct business negotiations successfully;
  • Prepare presentations in Latvian and much more.

All you have to do is assess your Latvian language skills and apply for private lessons or group classes.

Individual Latvian Language Course | Private Lessons

If you want to save money and master the language faster, you might want to apply for private Latvian language lessons.

Individual Latvian language course is especially effective as the lecturer dedicates all their attention to one language learner. Although one academic hour is slightly more expensive than a group lesson, money is spent more effectively and in the long run private lessons will cost you less. If you study individually, you will need less classes to achieve the desired result than you would in a group setting. 

If you have no prior knowledge of Latvian, start with the beginner's level A1.

How Much Does a Latvian Language Course Cost?

24 classes (48 academic hours) will cost you from 230 euro (excl. VAT) or 279 euro (incl. VAT), if the classes are conducted in an open group setting at the Baltic Media Language Training Centre on Elizabetes iela 2, Riga. Fees might differ depending on the level of the course. To find out the exact fee, contact our employees by e-mail; kursi@balticmedia.com or call +37167224395.