Sveiki, this will be my thread for learning the wonderful Latvian language.
About four years ago I learned a bit of Latvian to about an A2 level, but unfortunately I listened to people telling me to stop because it's a 'useless' language. Regardless of whether or not I'll get to use it, it's a language I've always been interested in, so I'm going to listen to my heart and stick with it this time.
I plan on using the books A Grammar of Modern Latvian
(volumes I-III) and an old version of Teach Yourself Latvian
, and I've also ordered a copy of Colloquial Latvian
. I'm going to try to complete one lesson from the grammar each day, and one chapter from either TY or Colloquial each week. I'm hoping that by the end of next year I'll be able to start making use of books written in Latvian.
As well as updates on my progress, I'll be posting questions I have about the language here as well, so if anyone's kind enough to read through and answer them, I'll be very grateful. 30.10.2018
My first day learning Latvian again! Today I've gone through two lessons of the grammar and two lessons of TY Latvian, as the first few are always shorter/easier than usual, and I'm fuelled by my excitement.
At the moment I'm wondering: is there a difference between māja
, both meaning 'house'?
Also, if a word has an 'open e' (written ę/ę̄ in the grammar) in its citation form, is that open e retained in all of its inflected forms? Or, are there certain patterns that have to be learned as to when the open e is pronounced?