Latvian in 3 weeks – a challenge, but possible!


Today read the interview with our talented student from the Netherlands - Ande Oey, and find out why he decided to learn Latvian at Durbe RLA in Riga. Nowadays the popularity of Latvian language as one of EU languages and the number of students coming to Riga to study it, constantly grows. 


„The reason why I decided to study Latvian is that I’m planning to study medicine here, at Rīga Stradiņš University. The university requires you to study Latvian for the first three to four years, approximately. The study program is conducted entirely in English, but you are expected to learn to converse in Latvian because eventually you will have to talk to local patients. And since I’m planning to move to Riga in January anyway, I thought it would be a good idea to get a head start and apply to Latvian courses now.


The school itself was pretty excellent! Overall I studied at Durbe RLA for three weeks, 15 individual lessons per week, which is quite intensive. Since you constantly learn something new, within the time frame it’s hard to process all the useful information that is given. So for someone considering choosing the same intensity, it probably would be wiser to take the same amount of lessons over a longer period of time. I learned to structure full sentences, be able to greet people, have a general conversation, learned how to introduce myself and tell someone where I’m from. :) I have to say that speaking other languages really helps to learn a new one. Being fluent in Dutch, Chinese, English, French and German, in particular, is a huge plus, because some of the grammar points are quite similar, and having an existent vocabulary from other languages also helps.

In addition, all the personnel that I’ve met at Durbe RLA are fluent in English, Latvian and Russian, so for people who are going to study either Latvian or Russian – consider the personnel as excellent conversation partners!


My genuine advice for the future students would be to check out some useful vocabulary before you come to Riga, because having a vocabulary ready to apply to grammar is going to help a lot by speeding up the study process. Enjoy your stay and lai veicas (“Good luck!” – latv.)!”


We wish Ande the best of luck with his studies and hope to see him back at Durbe RLA next year!


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