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#1 | Posted: 21 Jul 2009 20:22
must I speak latvian if I travel to Latvia, or it is enaugh I do speak english ?
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#2 | Posted: 22 Jul 2009 11:16 | Edited by: yuta
I would say not everybody understands English in Latvia. Most likely in the center shops or restaurants, sellers and waiters know English, but definitely not all of them.

If you ask on the street the young people, most likely half of them would help you.

In general, in Latvia people understand mostly two languages - Latvian and Russian.

So I'm afraid it's not really enaugh if you know English, specially at that middle level
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#3 | Posted: 22 Jul 2009 15:22
ramses,most latvians i came across speaks or understand english so some extent like an italian or spaniard or any other non english speaking european countries....that means most people understand the basic in english .i spent almost two weeks there and just returned back home only 8 days ago...i am a finn from finland and the same level of english in my country is the same in latvia..which means most and lots of people understand and speak the basic in english,so i guess if you are a native speaker and very smart with understanding people,you will sure make your way across with most people you will meet in latvia...goodluck and all the best
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#4 | Posted: 22 Jul 2009 16:24
thank you for information and rateing my english skills .I´ve been working in great britain over 3 years and I had never a situation of language problem. I have understood always british people and made understandable myself so I think I know english quite well, the problem is maybe because I do speak british english, wich we don´t learn at scools around here. But let it be, from the second side I know russian also and I think I will be allright. All the best for both of you too and case closed
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#5 | Posted: 23 Jul 2009 12:49
If that's no big secret, what were the exact places you came across?

Once I was in Helsinki and I was really surprised sellers in some local (not tourist) shops know only basic English. When I purchased something, I was forced to explain what I want drawing it on the list of paper.

I've met quite few people in Latvia who didn't know English as well, in some shops. Most probably you didn't leave the Old Riga, but that's true - everybody knows English in the center of the Capital, I could not say the same about local districts...
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#6 | Posted: 24 Jul 2009 00:07
some latvians also understand german
it is really easy to communicate with people there.
they are always trying to understand you and to answer.
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#7 | Posted: 24 Jul 2009 11:39
just curious: Latvia has a different language from Lithuania and Estonia?
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#8 | Posted: 25 Jul 2009 16:51
I can say, latvian and estonian are totaly different, but latvian and lithuanian are maybe a little similar
#9 | Posted: 26 Jul 2009 15:09
you are saying wrong,Latvian,Lithuinian,and Estonian are all totally different languages,with only few words the same.I am Latvian,and i know Lithuinian as well,and a bit of Estonian..
So here u go..
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#10 | Posted: 6 Aug 2009 12:11
i will start to russian courses 20 days later.does everyone able to speak russian in latvia ?
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#11 | Posted: 7 Aug 2009 10:28
does everyone able to speak russian in latvia ?

Every native citizen I suppose (except for very young girls which may not know it because it wasn't in schools since 1991
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#12 | Posted: 11 May 2012 00:19
I am going to live in Latvia. I am still considering, if it's better to learn Latvian or Russian.

What are your ideas about this?
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#13 | Posted: 14 May 2012 11:26
I'd say if you know English or Russian, that's the best. Then almost everybody will understand you.
If you will learn just Russian or just Latvian, you have no big chances to be understood by anybody.
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