Just out of curiosity, has anyone applied to teach a Latvian course? If not, is anyone interested in learning Latvian with me? I've downloaded a lot of teaching material and it doesn't seem to be to difficult of language to learn. There are less case rules than Lithuanian, and also the gender cases are pretty similar to Spanish.
I hope someone will do the course, so I could learn the language. We have to wait and see.
You see, we can't just start a course, can we? I applied for contibuting to a Latvian course twice quite some time ago, but I've received nothing back so far. I was thinking they didn't give a rat's ass about not so often heard languages until loads of courses started appearing. Now I'm questioning my applications. ^_^ D'ailleurs, I'm still up for it.
Let's storm the offices and hold the owl hostage until they develop the Latvian course. Or the second idea that we think of.
I recently started a latvian learning series ( you can check the discussion forums im sure its there) and you can learn some basics before the actual one comes out
I know the basics. My family is from Latvia. I just have a terrible accent, and I want to get better with the grammar without having to talk to my family.
Please try and apply again!! If possible, perhaps you could search for more participants, have you all apply at once and maybe we will get it this time!!!
Have some lingots for applying! There should definitely be a Latvian course on Duo.
The language of my ancestors, and so difficult to learn. Duolingo is far easier than a textbook. Ez redzešanos
Sveiks! I'm a native latvian, and I can say, that even tho it wasn't hard for me to learn (obviously), I can see why it would be difficult for non-native speakers. Also that phrase is actually ''Uz redzēšanos'', but I still appreciate you trying
I would be interested. :D Although I do not know any Latvian at all I love languages and am willing to learn. What have you been using to learn Latvian?
I was looking at a UCLA site for a Latvian course, but I can't find it at the moment. I also have a lot of pdfs on Latvian education, I can send you those if you'd like. Here is another site for the time being: http://learninglatvian.rozentali.com/category/grammar/
great man! I'm glad to hear you interested. BTW if you decide you want to continue learning it, we should try and form a language learning forum on Facebook!
If anyone is really interested, there's a lot that can be done to increase the chances. Some people have started Facebook groups to lobby for "their" language, just to take one example. Things like that can make a big difference. Just saying – I know a little Latvian myself and would very much like to see a course here on Duo, but I'm very busy since I'm already involved in building two courses. But if anyone has time and energy to put into campaigning more for Latvian, it could certainly make a difference, and I think it would be totally possible to have a Latvian course.
I would love to see a Latvian course on Duolingo. Just for the sake of it. I would probably apply to help out in creating one as well, as that happens to be my native language. :)
Paldies mans draugs! I hope they will incubate a course soon! Try and convince your friends to apply as well!
I would flip my ❤❤❤❤ over a Latvian course. My family immigrated from Latvia (I wear my dad's old nameja gredzens), but I really can't speak much. I spoke it more when I was a little kid, but I've grown up in the U.S., and for a lot of reasons I'm not really that connected with the Latvian speakers in my family anymore. Now, you can walk into any bookstore and come out with an armful of materials for learning French, Spanish, or Italian, but getting your hands on a half-decent Latvian grammar book is like pulling teeth. Please, Latvian speakers, I will storm Fort Knox and steal all its gold for you if you make a Latvian course.
Could you please tell me what material you have used for learning Latvian? Thanks.
Yeah absolutely! If you want I can put all the docs in a google doc and email you all the audio stuff. What's your email?
I'm not currently learning Latvian. I was just curious if you knew of any good online sites or materials.
http://www.sazinastilts.lv/language-learning/language-portfolio/?lang=en also on https://www.letonika.lv/article.aspx?id=sakums a lot of resources for improvement.
Most recent answer from the founder of Duolingo:
In response to "how do we get language X added to the incubator" he suggests: "I’d recommend having a very competent and dedicated team of 3-4 people, and an argument for how you’ll be able to bring a large user base for the course. Duolingo forum posts that get lots of votes get our attention." (This was asked in reference to Finnish).
from this thread: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/12868264
YES YES YES ! Definitely up for learning Latvian here ! Moved recently to Rīga :)
"Es ļoti gribu mācīties latviešu valodu!" (Fixed)
"daudz" translates as "many", "much" and "a lot".
1) I sing a lot. / Es daudz dziedu.
2) I sing a lot of songs / Es dziedu daudz dziesmas
3) I know many songs / Es zinu daudz dziesmu
4) I don't have much money / Man nav daudz naudas.
I agree. I would love to see a Latvian language course. I'm Latvian myself BTW. I know that "DJ Lethal" aka Leor Dimant has a latvian heritage, as well as the satirical-musical ensemble from Chicago, "Čikāgas Piecīši". #Sveicieni_No_Latvijas
I'm interested in learning Latvian. Can you tell me where i can find good teaching material?
Colloquial Latvian is a decent textbook, but not great. There's a lot of rules with noun declension that are difficult to learn from a book. If you took Latin in high school, you'll probably get what it means by nominative, genitive, dative, etc. If not, it's usually easier to understand if someone explains it to you. So Colloquial Latvian is probably the best textbook available, but it is very much lacking in written exercises. It's pretty much all dialogue based, which is fine, but it makes it much more difficult to learn new conversation patterns and ways of creating grammatical sentences that aren't expressly in the book. So I guess it's not that great, but it's better than some of the other books out there (like 3 total...), so you've got to take what you can get.
Also this is a super amazing dialogue exercise from a long out of print 1980s Latvian textbook called Easy Way to Latvian. It was dug out of a box from my dead dad's old Latvian crap. I can say with a lot of firsthand experience that Latvians are pretty much the worst/best.
Mārtiņš: Anna, kur tu vakar biji? Anna: Es biju bibliotēkā mācīties. Mārtiņš: Es neticu! Tu biji ar Juri uz kino. Anna: Mārtiņ, tā nesaki! Es nekad nemęloju. Mārtiņš: Piedod, Anna, neesi dusmīga! Es ęsmu greizsirdīgs. Tu zini, ka tu man ļoti patīc. Anna: Te tev bučiņa, un saki, ka tu mani mīli! Mārtiņš: Lūdzu, esi atkal priecīga! Paskaties, ārā ir skaists mēness. Iesim pastaigāties! Vai tev tas patiktu? Anna: Es tev piedodu, Mārtiņ. Es jau nemaz nebiju dusmīga.
Martin: Anna, where were you yesterday? Anna: I was at the library, studying. Martin: I don't believe you. You went to the movies with Juris. Anna: Martin, don't say that! I never lie. Martin: Forgive me, Anna, don't be angry. I am jealous. You know I like you very much. Anna: Here, have a little kiss and say that you love me. Martin: Please be happy again! Look, there's a lovely moon outside. Let's go for a walk. Would you like that? Anna: I forgive you, Martin. I wasn't really angry.
I would love to see Latvian sometime on here. It's so hard to find any good resources for it. So far the best I've seen is the Latvian books by Teach Yourself and I'd suggest at least looking at them, if not purchasing them if you're interested in learning it.
I've recently started doing paid skype lessons in Latvian via this website called italki. It's no Duolingo (free), but it's worth it at roughly $17.50 for an hour. The teacher, Dina, is very good, fluent in English, and trained in ESL. I'd recommend her for anyone interested, or at least until the DuoLatvian course comes to fruition. Maybe I'll get good enough over the next year or so to be able to contribute to the course. I knew a lot of vocabulary going into it, as my family is Latvian, and my pronunciation is on point apparently, but my grammar sucks.
That will be very nice, if there will be a Latvian course.. I am from Latvia, and I think, Latvians will be very happy, because more people will know our language . :)) I can help you to make this course...
It would be great if a Latvian course was started as I have friends from Latvia and be nice to surprise them in their own language and be interesting to learn since its origins are mainly from latin with a few other languages thrown in. We mainly converse in English but just started Polish which they can also speak.
I doubt if this will happen any time soon since Latvia is the only country that speak Latvian and only about 2 million speakers worldwide but no harm in hoping and possibly have to learn by over means.
I am just starting learning Latvian so maybe when I become good enough then I can try and be the next to attempt to challenge duolingo for the course as people have tried before and sadly failed. Hopefully we can definitely get something up!!!!
Raised in Canada by Latvian parents and grandparents but due to lack of practice my Latvian is quite basic. Would love to see a DL course!
I would guarantee, that is it is also outdated. As most foreign speakers roots of Latvian are grandparents that emigrated out of Latvia at the time of WW2. Even if pronunciation is spot on the structure of the sentences and choice of words sounds funny to the native speakers.
Jānis, That is probably true. I learned to read and write Latvian before I learned English. I can barely speak it now, but I understand with no difficuly when people speak. BTW I have relatives named Krūmiņš!
Memrise has a few Latvian courses, but it isn't nearly as complete and engaging as a Duolingo course. Es ceru, ka mums šeit būs latviešu valoda!
I would love to learn Latvian on Duolingo as I visit the country every year or so.
Hello. I would like to learn Latvian language and also having a Latvian course in Duolingo. I sent some messages to this groups in facebook, to try to get some volunteers. https://www.facebook.com/groups/369073453164702/?ref=ts&fref=ts https://www.facebook.com/groups/376645862507766/?ref=ts&fref=ts If someone knows more groups or some other ways spread the word, maybe we can find the 3-4 people that we need. Liels Paldies! :)
It's also interesting to look in the general forums, what people who want courses in other languages do. The people who want a Finnish course have been a good example (I'm sure it won't be long before they start one).
i applied to the course, too, but haven't received any answer yet. maybe because i am not bilingual :D
I would really love to learn Latvian so if anyone is up for it then it would be great
Whispering in your ear, spam this topic to all of your friends, invite them to join the cause.
I am interested to learn latvian too because i am from lithuania, and often go to Latvia...
I've been living in Riga a few months now and really wish I could do Latvian on Duolingo.
My family and I would LOVE to learn Latvian. It's the language of our ancestry but it didn't get passed down to us, so we're trying to catch up by ourselves and pass it on to our son. This was the first language I looked for when I discovered Duolingo. :)
Same here. I started Latvian on memrise, but I learned Italian so easily using Duo that I hope it's added here soon.
Could be interesting but I have to say that I love the grammar of lithuanian- v. wonderful- nuostabu (I think that is the word- really have to practice once my school exams are finished this year!)
TLDR: If you want to learn Latvian, quit waiting and do it. (But reconvene when Duolingo gets its ❤❤❤❤ together.) There's a link to an A1 level pdf textbook at the bottom.
So while it seems there is a growing interest, I still don't see the Latvian course getting off the ground anytime soon. I'll say first that I love the Duolingo platform. Its model of instruction is far better than Rosetta Stone, every bookstore audio learning material and (unfortunately so) many introductory foreign language courses combined.
I consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur of foreign language learning materials. Rosetta Stone is fine, I guess, but outlandishly priced for all its limitations. Berlitz everything is garbage. I'm a big fan of traditional approaches to grammar, something Duolingo could stand to incorporate more of, however boring it may be. But all this being said, Duolingo is the best out there, and we just need to have a little bit of patience, and a whole lot of can-do attitude.
While I am not a fan of going on Duolingo to advocate for using another site's materials, so far I've found the best material for learning basic Latvian on a website called Memrise. They have a ton of languages on there, and while its general structure attempts to mimic Duolingo's model (not very well, I might add), it is more or less flashcard based. It is all user-made material, so there are many Latvian courses on there, but many of which are woefully lacking. There are a couple of decent courses, however. The best of which being Beginner's Latvian, based on the commonly used Teach Yourself series. It introduces a sizable amount of vocabulary and gives you a little bit of ground to stand on when it comes to intuiting some of the more complex aspects of Latvian grammar, e.g. noun declension, syntax, reflexive verbs (reflexive verbs in Latvian are insane, you guys).
I've been using Memrise for a little over a month now, and while it's constantly trying to coerce me into paying a subscription fee (fat chance, nerds), the amount of instruction you get for free is pretty on par with Duolingo.
As I've mentioned in a previous post, I have also been taking Skype-based Latvian lessons with a native speaker who I found on the website italki. Basically I pay the site $17.50 for an hour long lesson once a week. Again, I am not trying to become a walking, talking advertisement for anything other than Duolingo, but of course there is no replacement for working with a trained, native teacher. My teacher, Dina, is very good, sends me tons of learning materials, and has a strong linguistic background. She's kind of a no-nonsense lady, as is just kind of the culture throughout much of Eastern Europe, but I like that, and I feel like my study of any foreign language is always incomplete without conversational practice. This is one thing I'm definitely ok paying for.
Below you will find a link to the pdf version of the textbook I'm using with Dina. It basically takes you through the A1 level, maybe through a bit of A2. But here's the catch: it's 100% in Latvian. Not a single word of English to be found. I think it's basically designed for teaching Latvian to refugees with no common language to work from. But it's doing the trick. You'll have to do a crap ton of google-translating to get started with it, but hey, it's legit straight-outta-Latvija learning material.
And finally, yeah, we need some native Latvian speakers heavily involved in the creation of the course, but that's not even necessarily the first step in getting this course made. I think the first step is creating a community of Duolingo users who are ready, willing, and motivated to learn Latvian regardless of where the material comes from. And we've got the makings of that community right here, right now.
Best of luck to everyone involved!
pdf Latvian book: http://maciunmacies.valoda.lv/images/Maci/Laipa.pdf
Yes I have used memrise for German before and flash cards don't work that well for me but I guess it is different for everything. Thank you for that pdf; it is great and beautifully designed!!!!
It would be cool to have Latvian on here so my boyfriend could learn how to speak to me! I would also be happy to contribute to creating the course!
I'd be up for contributing to a Latvian course (as a native speaker) but I can't see where to apply... The incubator only lets you apply for existing courses. Is Duolingo out of its depth with new courses?
Hi/good evening or "Sveiki"/"Labu nakti"
I'd like to have a latvian course on Duolingo too! I don't know why, but I find this language pretty interesting, but I don't know how to learn it without something like Duolingo. If some latvian native speaker can create a course for it, I'll go for learning instantly~
Quick correction: good evening = labvakar. Labu nakti is like a gramatically incorrect version of saying good night, which is arlabunakti.
Please make a Latvian course!!
I say... LATVIAN SHOULD BE ADDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How come that there are so many people on this chat that would like to learn Latvian, and so many willing to contribute, but still no course, and not getting back to the people that said they want to contribute. I live in Latvia and trying to find a decent online course sucks!!!!
A Latvian course would be great. They should really help languages for which there are few resources and options for learning. There are a lot of Latvian schools outside of Latvia, but they don't offer any classes for non-native speakers. (Children who grow up with 2nd or 3rd gen immigrant households who don't speak it in the home.) I taught a class for a year and working with books published in early-1900s for kids who love the Web is a chore. Also, they come in with varied introductory skills and get bored when waiting for other students to catch up. This would be a great tool for instructors since there are currently no introductory instructional materials for teachers to work with. I've only played around with the program for a couple of days and it is great. Add a live person to guide students and it would be spectacular. I would have kept teaching it if I had this as an aid rather than making up text, lessons and homework all on my own.
I've just applied to be a teacher for Latvian for English speakers. I have spoken both bilingually since a young age and lived in Latvia throughout my upbringing so I really hope this takes off, so I can finally send all of my friends who are interested in learning the language to Duolingo instead of a wide variety of insufficient resources.
Would really love to have this course on here. Has anyone heard any recent developments?
I lived in Latvia for a couple years, but that was more than 10 years ago and my Latvian is super rusty. I would love to have a course on Duo so that I could keep my Latvian skills fresh.
I want to learn too!! I went to Latvian school as a kid, and I think i would pick up again quick! Im totally on board, but unfortunately don't know enough to contribute :(
I also applied for latvian not so long ago. I remember I wrote a huge letter. No feedback still...
Personally I'm planning to study a year in Riga with the Erasmus program and I thought it would be useful to know some basic words before arriving and also study while being there. I read on the internet that most of the younger Latvians speak English but I also know that people really appreciate when you try to learn their language and they become much friendlier when they see you trying.
As an American who lived in Latvia for two years I can say this is 100% true. I was getting compliments on my terrible Latvian in the first couple of months.
It would be great for a Latvian course to be created on Duolingo. Latvia is fast becoming a huge tourist destination for native English speakers. Being the main international airport for Russia and the Baltic states, there is a great amount of international traffic passing through Latvia. I worked in RIga for a year, and the lack of language courses is annoying. Duolingo is an excellent application that I've used for a couple of languages, it would be amazing if they would further provide one for one of the oldest European languages as part of their list of languages. GIven that there are only 1.4 million native Latvian speakers, I believe that there would be a great amount of international people interested in learning Latvian; I personally know a great many people, having worked in the tourism and hospitality industry in RIga.
Definitely would be interested in this, as applying for Latvian citizenship!
I'd really like to learn Latvian. Where did you get your materials from? :)))
I’ve been trying to learn some Latvian on Memrise. Unfortunately most Memrise courses teach just vocabulary which is extremely reductive especially for a language with a rich grammar such as Latvian.
I’ve found a good one though. It’s got mostly sentences (which are essential to practice grammar imo) and has got 1K+ of’em. The downside is that it teaches to German speakers. It’s just about the basics, so I can get along even if neither are my mother tounge, but when it comes to inflexions I’m at a loss.
I figured I could ask you latvian natives to lend a hand.
What I’m asking you is to use the "Mems" feature to add grammar notes and/or translations and/or interlinear glosses. You could see this as a sort of warming up for the future Duo course ;) Having just a couple of notes for the most common suffixes would be a great improvement already.
So here is the link: https://www.memrise.com/course/1318024/lettisch-fur-anfanger/
I thank you for reading thus far and, if you care, please know that the glosses are the thing I’d be most thankful for :) I hope all of this doesn’t seem too much
yo, I got the hook up on Latvian book pdfs. Laipa A1 & A2, which is the official textbook series from the Latvian Language agency (spoiler alert: it is 100% in Latvian, so you need a dictionary on hand), as well as Colloquial Latvian, a traditional language textbook for English speakers on Latvian grammar, conversation, vocab, etc, plus a couple of others. If y'all want them, you can email me at [[ brian.language.teacher at google mail dot com ]] --you can figure out how to change that address. Happy to spread the knowledge around. I can also recommend a good Latvian teacher via skype (she's a little pricey, but cool af and great at what she does.) The books are free though, courtesy of me and unrenewed copyrights.
I am traveling to Latvia in October and it has been very difficult to find a good Latvian course online. I have been using the courses on Memrise, but it has not come even close to a course on Duolingo in terms of effectiveness. Very disappointing to see how many people have attempted to create a course with no results.
I would love to see a Latvian course on Duolingo, as most of the textbooks I managed to find are a bit complicated for beginners.