Monthly Archives: May 2010

A Rose By Any Other Name…

You know what’s challenging? Looking up an author in Latvian to see if their book is available in a translated edition. It’s almost as bad as trying to transliterate Cyrillic to English.  (On a semi-related tangent, this is what makes … Continue reading

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Infinitives

The infinitive of every non-reflexive Latvian verb ends in -t. The infinitive of every reflexive Latvian verb ends in -ties. So you could also say that to make a verb’s infinitive form reflexive, you just add -ies to the infinitive. … Continue reading

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Answering Questions

Latvian is fun when it comes to questions. There are lots of different question words and it seems like almost all of them start with a K. (They don’t all though. There’s vai and cik, for example.) If you think … Continue reading

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Interrogating Nouns

What’s really difficult for me is figuring out how to ask questions of words. My husband just does it and I blink at him.  It is so completely foreign to me as an English speaker. Here’s what I mean.  The … Continue reading

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Spelling Dictionaries

A very handy item to have is a Latvian spelling dictionary.  It gives most forms for most verbs (mine has an odd blind spot of skipping reflexive verbs), nouns and other parts of speech.  When you’re just starting to learn … Continue reading

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Latvian Conjugations

Latvian has three conjugations for verbs: Short, Long and Mixed.  They can also be referred to as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd conjugations, respectively, but that nomenclature isn’t always consistent. To determine whether a verb fits into the short, long … Continue reading

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The Irregulars

There are only three truly irregular verbs: būt, iet, and dot.

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