Latvian belongs to the Baltic group of the Indo-European language family and is spoken by 1.5 million people, mostly living in the Republic of Latvia. Its closest living relative is Lithuanian. It is written in the Roman alphabet and its spelling is very regular. Latvia’s fascinating history is reflected in the modern language. Latvia lies on the Baltic coast of northern Europe. During the last thousand years Latvia was dominated by Germans, Swedes and Russians (including the Soviet occupation from 1940 until 1991). Our language courses provide a basic knowledge of Latvian language, culture and history.
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