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Useful Latvian phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Latvian, a Baltic language spoken mainly in Latvia, with mp3 audio recordings.

To see these phrases in many other languages click on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: frm = formal, inf = informal

English latviešu valoda (Latvian)
Welcome Laipni lūdzam
Hello
(General greeting)
Sveiki
How are you? Kā jums klājas? (frm)
Kā tev iet? (inf)
Reply to 'How are you?' Paldies, labi. Un jums?
Long time no see Sen neredzēts
Sen neredzēta
What's your name? Kā tevi sauc? (inf)
Kā Jūs sauc? (frm)
My name is ... Mani sauc ...
Where are you from? No kurienes Jūs esat?
I'm from ... Es esmu no ...
Pleased to meet you Priecājos ar Jums iepazīties
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Labrīt
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Labdien
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Labvakar
Good night Ar labunakti
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Uz redzēšanos
Good luck Veiksmi!
Lai tev veicas! (inf)
Lai Jums veicas! (frm)
Cheers!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Uz veselību!
Priekā! (in happiness)
Have a nice day Lai jums laba diena
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Labu apetīti
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Laimīgu ceļu
I understand Es saprotu
I don't understand Es nesaprotu
Yes
No
Maybe Varbūt
I don't know Es nezinu
Please speak more slowly Lūdzu, runājiet lēnāk
Please say that again Lūdzu, pasakiet to vēlreiz
Please write it down Vai Jūs nevarētu Lūdzu to uzrakstīt?
Vai Jūs lūdzu varētu to uzrakstīt?
Do you speak Latvian? Vai Jūs runājat latviski?
Vai Jūs runājat latviešu valodā?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Jā, nedaudz
How do you say ... in Latvian? Kā latviešu valodā būs ...?
Excuse me Piedodiet! (frm)
Piedod! (inf)
Atvainojiet! (frm)
Atvaino! (inf)
How much is this? Cik tas maksā?
Sorry Piedodiet! (frm)
Piedo! (inf)
Atvainojiet! (frm)
Atvaino! (inf)
Thank you Paldies
Liels paldies
Reply to thank you Vienmēr laipni
Lūdzu
Where's the toilet? Kur ir tualete?
This gentleman will pay for everything Šis kungs par visu samaksās
This lady will pay for everything Šī kundze par visu samaksās
Would you like to dance with me? Vai Jūs vēlaties dejot?
I miss you Man tevis pietrūkst
I love you Es tevi mīlu
Get well soon Veseļojies
Leave me alone! Lieciet mani mierā!
Help! Palīgā!
Fire! Ugunsgrēks!
Stop! Stāviet! (frm)
Stāvi! (inf)
Call the police! Izsauciet policiju!
Christmas and New Year greetings Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus un laimīgu Jauno gadu
Easter greetings Priecīgas Lieldienas
Birthday greetings Daudz laimes dzimšanas dienā!
Apsveicu dzimšanas dienā
One language is never enough Ar vienu valodu nekad nepietiek
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Mans transportlīdzeklis uz gaisa spilvena ir pilns ar zušiem
Mans gliseris ir pilns ar zušiem

Recordings by Lilija N

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Information about the Latvian language | Latvian phrases | Tower of Babel in Latvian | Latvian learning materials

Links

Collections of Latvian phrases (some with audio)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/quickfix/latvian.shtml
http://www.the-backpacking-site.com/countries/latvia-phrase.html

Phrases in Baltic languages

Latvian, Lithuanian

Phrases in other languages