Latvian Language Courses - Riga Stradiņš University

Latvian Language Courses

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The Faculty of Continuing Education of RSU offers Latvian language courses to international students and other English speakers as well as medical doctors wishing to qualify for the second level professional education programme "Residency in Medicine".

English-speaking students with no preliminary knowledge of Latvian

Target audience RSU international students and other English-speaking persons
Head of the programme Inga Laizāne, teacher at RSU Language Centre
Programme volume 48 academic hours
Time On request
Fee 192.00 EUR

The aim of the course: to acquire Latvian at conversational level in everyday and study related situations in conformity with language levels developed by the Council of Europe (A1/A2 level).

Objectives of the course

  • To acquire Latvian vocabulary with an aim to exchange information in everyday and study-related situations;
  • To be able to ask simple and precise questions and answer them;
  • To be able to utter, perceive and deliver information related to daily routine and studies and personal information in both oral and written form;
  • To engage into conversation about simple topics related to daily routine and studies;
  • To use simple linguistic constructions;
  • To observe basic rules of the language both in speech and writing.

Results and competences

Upon successful completion of the course, the listener will be able to:

  • comprehend and develop simple sentences and phrases with an aim to meet certain needs;
  • introduce him/herself, to ask questions about personal issues (e.g., about place of residence, famous people and personal belongings) and answer them;
  • hold a simple conversation in case the companion speaks slowly, clearly and is eager to help;
  • comprehend simple sentences and commonly used expressions related to topical daily issues (e.g., family, shopping, surroundings, work);
  • hold a conversation on familiar topics.


1. Introduction2. Noun
  • Latvian language, its characteristics, peculiarities
  • Alphabet, pronunciation. Tenses of the verb to be / not to be (būt / nebūt)
  • Personal pronouns
  • Introducing yourself
  • Countries, nationalities, languages
  • Verb to speak (runāt)
  • Gender and number of the noun
  • Demonstrative pronouns
  • Question formation with do and what (vai, kas)
  • Construction I / you have… (man /jums ir…)
  • I like / don’t like (man patīk/nepatīk)
3. Place of residence

4. Cardinal numbers

  • Locative case in singular and plural
  • Question formation with where and when (kur? un kad?)
  • Verbs to study, to work, to live, to be located (studēt, strādāt, dzīvot, atrasties) in present tense
  • Possessive pronoun mine (mans, mana, mani, manas)
  • Adverbs of time: today, tomorrow, yesterday, now (šodien, rīt, vakar, tagad)
  • Use of cardinal numbers. Address, phone number, clock.
  • Question formation with how (cik) (how old, how much does it cost) and what time (cikos)
  • Verbs begins and ends (sākas un beidzas)
  • Adverbs and adverbs of time
5. Ordinal numbers6. Adjectives
  • Days, months, dates
  • Question formation with which (kurš, kura)
  • Adjectives in singular and plural
  • Harmonisation of adjective with the noun
  • Question formation with what, what kind of (kāds, kāda, kādi, kādas)
  • My room, my house, my apartment
7. My family8. Food and the use of Accusative
  • Vocabulary on the topic “My family”
  • Comparative adjectives
  • Dative, Genitive and Accusative within the topic
  • Possessive grammatical constructions
  • Use of verbs in present, past and future tenses
  • Verbs to read, to write, to open, to look at, to eat, to drink, to cook (lasīt, rakstīt, atvērt, apskatīt, ēst, dzert, gatavot)
  • Food, meals
  • Healthy diet
9. Shopping10. Transport
  • Cafe
  • Phrases: I would like…; Where can I buy..,? Please, give me… (es gribētu (es vēlētos); kur var nopirkt? Dodiet, lūdzu)
  • Verbs to buy, to give, to take, to pay, to order, to taste, to like (pirkt, dot, ņemt, maksāt, pasūtīt, garšot, patikt)
  • Imperative
  • Verbs to go, to come, to fly, to travel (iet, braukt, nākt, lidot, ceļot)
  • Prepositions with Accusative
  • Directions
  • Travelling
11. Verb12. Test
  • Conjugation classes
  • Spare time, hobbies
  • Sports

The number of listeners within the group is limited (5–12 persons).

Apply at RSU Department of Postgraduate Courses by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (please specify the following details – name, surname, personal ID number, phone and payer’s bank details, if applicable).

Prospective medical residents

Target audience Medical doctors wishing to qualify for studies in the 2nd level professional education programme "Residency in Medicine"
Head of the programme Inga Laizāne, teacher at RSU Language Centre
Programme volume 130 academic hours (3 months)
Time 1.5 hours a day
Fee 2900 EUR

The aim of the course: to acquire Latvian at conversational level in order to be able to communicate with patients and apply Latvian in simple daily situations.

Learning outcomes


On successful completion of the course, a language learner will be able:

  • to use Latvian in daily situations;
  • to use medical vocabulary in Latvian;
  • to make conversation with a patient in Latvian.

Practical skills

On successful completion of the course, the language learner will be able:

  • to apply Latvian in simple daily communication process;
  • to select and use appropriate medical vocabulary in communication with a patient;
  • to develop a case history.


On successful completion of the course, the learner will be able to use Latvian in simple daily communication and as well as use medical vocabulary in practice.

NB! The speed of progress in language acquisition is very individual as it depends on the devoted time and the learner's cognitive ability. The number of lessons is approximate. In the study process, it could be changed depending on the learners' individual skills.

Content of study course

  • Introduction
  • Gender and number of the noun. Human body
  • Locative case. My family
  • Cardinal numbers
  • Ordinal numbers
  • Adjectives. My house
  • Food and using of accusative case
  • Transport
  • Dative case
  • Possessive case
  • Summary about cases of the noun
  • Verb. Leisure time
  • Patient and doctor
  • Organ systems of human body
  • Work with texts

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