What languages are taught in Latvian schools?

Latvia provides national minority education programmes in Russian (the first language for one fourth of the population), Polish, Hebrew, Ukrainian, Estonian, Lithuanian, and Belarussian.

Is English taught in Latvian schools?

Universities in Latvia

It is almost 100 years old, and teaches a number of courses in English, including medicine and dentistry. Riga Stradins University has the largest cohort of international students in Latvia. They number 25% of the overall student population, and come from 50 different countries.

Can Latvians understand Russian?

Latvians who have never learned Russian cannot understand it, of course. The languages are virtually unrelated. However, many Latvians have either learned Russian or lived next to Russians, because of the large Russian population in Baltics and, therefore, many if not most, tend to have a good command of Russian.

Is English widely spoken in Latvia?

The younger population under 40 especially in these countries tends to speak English, since they have all been taught English at school over the last several decades since communism fell.

The Prevalence of English in Latvia.

English Latvian Pronounced as
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Is Latvian hard to learn?

Latvian is a tough one, its old, there are a ton of letters you’ve likely never seen (33 in the alphabet) and then there are letter combinations, and the sounds are difficult. The endings of words change in convoluted ways, even people’s names. Its quite difficult for foreigners to decipher.

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Is Latvia and Russian similar?

Not identical but very close. They are in the same Baltic Slavic language group. Ethnical Latvians don’t like to admit the fact but the only other language closer to Latvian than Russian is Lithuanian. Similar grammar (not identical but very similar), roughly one third of Latvian words are related to Russian.

Is Latvia a poor country?

Latvia is the fourth poorest EU state in terms of GDP per capita. According to Eurostat data from 2015 (published in March 2017), the quality of life in Latvia is just 64% of the European average. Latvia is the fourth poorest EU country according to Eurostat.

Which country speaks Russian?

Russian is the official language of Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, and it’s considered an unofficial lingua franca in Ukraine and many former Soviet countries. These include Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

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