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An inspirational conference for teachers working in the European diaspora

09.12.2020.

This year has been a challenge for the diaspora weekend schools and teachers alike. The new circumstances have brought about various changes, facilitated the formation of new forms of cooperation and made us more flexible as a society, strengthening us as we adapt to the changes. We will explore these and other issues live at the conference “We create change!”, organized by the European Latvian Association and the Latvian Language Agency on December 12 at 10.00–15.00 (Latvian time).

This year has been a challenge for the diaspora weekend schools and teachers alike. The new circumstances have brought about various changes, facilitated the formation of new forms of cooperation and made us more flexible as a society, strengthening us as we adapt to the changes. We will explore these and other issues live at the conference “We create change!”, organized by the European Latvian Association and the Latvian Language Agency on December 12 at 10.00–15.00 (Latvian time).

The program of the conference: https://ela.stasti.lv/

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When everything depended on a squirrel and an owl!

30.11.2020.

The Latvian Language Agency just concluded its mind game tournament “Uncrackable puzzles for Latvians around the world”.  The tournament began on October 19, 2020, with 50 teams competing from all over the world actively participating in five games.

The best of the best made it to the final — Cep4 (Belgium), Pohjoismaa (Finland), Salenti sievas (Italy), Protu Protu (Ireland), Liepiņš (Austria), Trifeles (Norway), Ziemeļu Zibenītis (Sweden), Vecīši (USA), Perfukio (Netherlands), Vestfoldas Četrinieks (Norway), Cietās Zīles (Austria), Black Worms (Germany), Praktiskie latvieši (Norway), Prāgas riekstkoži (Czech Republic), Londonas Kastaņi (Great Britain) and Begi (Ireland).

The grand final was something to behold —six rounds, with five questions in each round. The participants performed very well in the musical questions, as well as in recognizing celebrities. However, they faced the biggest difficulties when the topic came to the nature of Latvia.

So, as it turned out, the fate of the winners was decided by the queen of uncrackable nuts — a squirrel and a wise owl.

Congratulations to the winners — Cep4 (Belgium), Pohjoismaa (Finland) and Salento sievas (Italy).

Each team that won one of the rounds will receive a box of sweets as a gift. As for the winners of the final, each team will receive a gift card worth 100 EUR (courtesy of the e-bookstore Jānis Roze). Photograph by Agita Želtkovska.

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The European day of Languages 2020

23.09.2020.

European Language Day is an initiative launched by the Council of Europe. Latvian Language Agency has been responsible for carrying out events in Latvia under this initiative for already sixteen years. Events are planned and completed in close collaboration with local partner organisations. European Language Day is usually marked in September 26th, however there are a wide variety of events happening also before and after this exact date. This year European Language Day events in Latvia will be held between September 21th and October 17th. We invite everyone in Latvia and abroad to join us in enriching the experience of learning and using the languages spoken in Europe, while simultaneously appreciating and using our national language – Latvian – in their everyday affairs.

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New Tool to Assist in Transliteration of Foreign Personal Names in Latvian

04.08.2020.

Language experts at the Latvian Language Agency provide daily consultations over the phone and in person on questions related to correct  transliteration of foreign language personal names into Latvian language.

Now there is a convenient online tool to check correct options for transliteration of foreign personal names – Latvian Language Agency has launched a special Application „Citvalodu personvārdu atveide latviešu valodā” (created by visual communication agency „E Forma”).

The new App „Citvalodu personvārdu atveide latviešu valodā” ” („Transliteration of Foreign Language Personal Names into Latvian Language”)  is an electronic dictionary of first names and last names in many languages, where we have currently gatehered information regarding correct transliteration and variants thereof, as well as rules regarding how it should be done and recommended additional literature regarding personal names in 27 languages. The dictionary is based in the Regulations for Transliteration of Foreign personal names, starting from broschures published 1960 and onward by the Publishing House of the Academy of Sciences of the Latvian SSR and until the most recent publications in the XXI century. The dictionary is still being improved and expanded, as well as adjusting content to the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 122 from 27th february, 2018 „Ammendments to the Cabinet of Ministers Regulations No. 114 „On Regulations Concerning Transliteration and Usage of Foreign Personal Names in Latvian Language, as well as Their Identification” . Read more

New App for Improving Skills in Latvian Language

02.08.2020.

Its another study year again, and it is important to revise what was learned before, find explanations for the new material in language learning and to complement the knwoledge gained so far. We have something new to offer for improving Latvian language skills: an electronic tool that was created as linguistic study material for primary, middle and secondary school students, also students at university level and anyone else who may be interested to improve their language skills for whatever reason they have. This app will also be an additional tool to help teachers, especially teachers working at Latvian diaspora schools abroad or teaching Latvian as a forein language outside Latvia.

The new electronic  Latviešu valodas rokasgrāmata (valodasrokasgramata.lv/) (Handbook of the Latvian Language) is an encyclopedia type tool that can be used as informative complementary study material in linguistics of the Latvian language. It presents and elaborates on main questions in 26 various branches and sub-branches of linguistics (total of 1500 content units). It includes questions in such specialized branches of linguistics that will not usually be dealt with in ordinary school study materal or will only be touched upon briefly, however may be required to understand in order to use the language properly.

Main content part starts with basic information (brief definitions and examples, information sorted in table format, diverse logical listings etc.). For the interest and convenience of the reader some of the content units also have additional information, including certain interesting facts. Chapter „ Further Reading” lists published research and articles in the respective area of study for further individual work. Visual information is included as well, whilst chapter on phonetics and dialectology has an audio recorded material. Several content units come equipped with special interactive tasks and exercises to check knowledhe and understanding and to revise the material. Handbook content is further divided into 2 parts according to the level of difficulty. Read more

ADVENTURES are here!

01.08.2020.

As the summer is gradually  coming to an end, this is a good time to present five new study materials by author Līga Gēmute, long time teacher at Latvian schools in the USA and Australia.

These new comic books will help in studying and teaching basic grammar rules.

Comic books are meant for 5 – 7 year old Latvians anywhere in the world, but thy can be easily used also in Latvia. Comic books include exercises and paper fingerdolls of characters, that can be cut out for use.

DĒKA OGULĀJĀ – ADVENTURE WITH BERRIES:
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Latvian Language Agency invites third country nationals to participate in the online Latvian language and integration lessons

18.03.2020.

Taking in to the consideration that do to the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Latvia, authorities have declared a state of emergency and all educational class activities in person are canceled, Latvian Language Agency invites third country nationals to participate in the online Latvian language and integration lessons!

For further information and to apply for online lessons, please, send an e-mail to: erika.picukane@valoda.lv Read more

Latvian language learning in order to promote third country natioanals’ inclusion in the job market

16.03.2020.

Latvian Language Agency starts the implementation of the project of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund “Latvian language learning in order to promote third country natioanals’ inclusion in the job market 2 (Nr.PMIF/8/2019/3/01)” and invites third country nationals to participate in the project events that have been planned.

  1. Latvian language courses

Latvian language courses are planned in groups from A1 to B2 level and they start in March and April 2020. Classes take place in groups of 10-15 people, for a total of 120 hours; at the end of the course students may take a Latvian language test and receive a certificate.

  1. Latvian language clubs

Third country nationals wishing to improve their Latvian language speaking skills are invited to participate in interactive Latvian language clubs which take place at the same time with the language courses. We invite both those who attend Latvian language courses, as well as those who do not, to participate in the language clubs. Local citizens, who wish to help foreigners to learn Latvian, are also kindly invited.

  1. Integration courses

In addition to language learning, the project also provides students with the opportunity to learn about integration issues concerning current social, political, economic and cultural processes in Latvia. Innovative and interactive teaching methods are used in the integration courses, for instance, role-play, discussions, etc. Integration courses may be attended both by Latvian language learners and those third country nationals who do not attend such courses. Moreover, close relatives of the target group representatives as well as local citizens are also invited. Read more