Dozens line up for free Latvian language classes

A total 30 third-country nationals are waiting in line to take free Latvian-language classes under a project co-funded by the EU and Latvia, Latvian Language Agency representative Ērika Pičukāne told LSM.

About 500 people will be taught Latvian within the project, which is underway and will last until 2018. A further 250 people will be able to take the official state language exam for free, said Pičukāne.

It might prove difficult to secure a spot though, as Latvian lessons seem to be in high demand.

"We got enough people to fill 18 study groups within three days," said Pičukāne. 

The next courses within the project will start in September, and information over how to apply will be made available in Latvian, English and Russian on the valoda.lv website in August, said Pičukāne.

The initiative offers 120-hour intensive learning courses in Rīga, Daugavpils, Liepāja, Ventspils and Ludza. 

Meanwhile people living in Rīga are also being offered free Latvian-language lessons as part of a municipal project. 

If you fancy finding out more or meeting some other non-native Latvian learners, an event is taking place on February 24 that looks like being of interest, and will even feature one of Latvia's most famous adopted sons, Italian singer and TV chef Roberto Meloni!

Some resources offered by the Latvian language agency to potential Latvian learners (and teachers) can be found HERE.

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