February 26, 2007
Most Latvian learning opportunities outside of Latvia are geared towards children. But many adults would like to learn Latvian as well.
Individual teachers in various locations offer private lessons to students of all levels. These teachers work independently and most do not advertise anywhere, so they may be difficult to find. In an effort to help those with a genuine interest in learning Latvian, here is the beginning of a partial list of teachers offering private lessons. This is only a listing of teachers; all further contact—such as negotiation of lesson times and prices—is between you and the teacher.
Another option is to contact the Latvian school nearest you and ask whether they also offer adult language classes. Some schools do, but usually only on an on-demand basis.
New South Wales
13 Ellen Street
Ryde 2112 NSW
17 Wellington St.
Brisbane QLD 4000
(07) 3369 2169
56 Springmeadow Lane,
Oldham OL3 6HH
Home telephone: 0044 (0)1457 878300
Mobile telephone: 0044 (0)7745 398727
Lāsma Ģibiete, mag. philol.
Berzsenyi ter 2
Telephone in Hungary: +36 70 283 5892
Telephone in Latvia: +371 29844524
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Telephone: +371 2781 2827
Home telephone: 0041 44 201 16 77
Mobile telephone: 0041 78 648 86 37
Sandra M. Nīkurs
+1 (773) 243-6878
4654 Fillmore St. N.E.
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
+1 (763) 571-8680
3900 44th Street
Delano, MN 55328
+1 (763) 972-2521
12216 Pierce Plaza, Apt. 201
Omaha, NE 68144
+1 (402) 708-0904; +1 (402) 884-9629
The New York Latvian School in the Bronx/Yonkers also has a language class for adults. For more information see this page or contact the director of the school Laura Zāmura at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia / Washington D.C. area
+1 (703) 684-6009
The Milwaukee Latvian School offers a language class for adults. For more information write to Renāte Blennert at email@example.com.
The Latvian Cultural Society offers Latvian language courses for adults. Classes begin in September and meet at the Society’s office at Engels Street 21 (next to the Baumanskaja metro station) in Moscow. For more information and to register, contact teacher Leonīds Kotovičs at Kotovich@mirea.ru or tel. 8 (916) 317-0562.
Amanda Jātniece is a Latvian-American currently living in Latvia. She has been a member of the Latvian folk music ensembles Lini un Teiksma, both based in Minneapolis, Minn., and now sings with the Savieši folk ensemble in Riga. She has a strong interest in music and folklore, a degree in linguistics, and does freelance translation and writing along with raising her school-age children.