Directory of private language teachers

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.

If you yourself teach Latvian, and we will be happy to add you to our list.


New South Wales
Vija Sieriņa
13 Ellen Street
Ryde 2112 NSW
(02) 98887029

Rasma Teichmanis
17 Wellington St.
Brisbane QLD 4000
(07) 3369 2169

Baiba Ziedare


Ineta Cara

Jana Saudvide

Great Britain
Daina Vītola
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
9701 Szombathely
Telephone in Hungary: +36 70 283 5892
Telephone in Latvia: +371 29844524 or

Liene Salmiņa
Varese, Italy
Telephone: +371 2781 2827

Jolanta Erlate

Ilze Schorderet
Mutschellenstrasse 37
8002 Zurich
Home telephone: 0041 44 201 16 77
Mobile telephone: 0041 78 648 86 37

United States

Sandra M. Nīkurs
Chicago, IL
+1 (773) 243-6878

Skaidrīte Štolcere
4654 Fillmore St. N.E.
Columbia Heights, MN 55421
+1 (763) 571-8680

Maija Zaeska
3900 44th Street
Delano, MN 55328
+1 (763) 972-2521

Inga Ripperger
12216 Pierce Plaza, Apt. 201
Omaha, NE 68144
+1 (402) 708-0904; +1 (402) 884-9629

New York
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

Virginia / Washington D.C. area
Irēna Woodruff
Alexandria, VA
+1 (703) 684-6009

The Milwaukee Latvian School offers a language class for adults. For more information write to Renāte Blennert at


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 or tel. 8 (916) 317-0562.

7 thoughts on “Directory of private language teachers

  1. I am living in Vienna, Austria and am trying desperately to find Latvian language instruction in my city, or a private tutor. Anyone reading this that can help me. I would be appreciative.


  2. John, I’ve found out that a few years ago the “Volkshochschule Brigittenau” offered Latvian language courses. Contact for more information. Otherwise I suggest you contact the Latvian Embassy in Vienna or Nilss Silkalns He is a Latvian living in Innsbruck – maybe he can help in some way.

  3. Sveiki! Man ir draugi (runājoši angļu valodā, bet ar pamatzināšanām latviešu valodā), kas vēlas apgūt latviešu valodu patstāvīgi. Vai Jūs, lūdzu, varat ieteikt kādu labu grāmatu, mācību materiālus latviešu valodas apguvei?

  4. The dates for the Baltic Studies Summer Institute at UCLA during the summer of 2008 are June 23 to August 15. Introductory Language classes meet 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. There are extensive extra-curricular activities such as films, lectures, visits with local artists, and opportunities to participate in the cultural life of local Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian society. I am scheduled to teach the Introductory Latvian course, so feel free to contact me for more information.

  5. I live in the Netherlands and I want to learn the Latvian language. Can you sugguest me something? Thank you for your attention.

  6. The Department of Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow in Scotland offers Latvian language courses to Honours and Masters students of the department. These courses aim to give social science students a basic reading knowledge of the language along with basic communication skills. Please feel free to contact me for details: d.praulins @ (remove spaces before and after @)

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