Now let’s learn some basic Latvian conversation. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself, as well as simple words and phrases like yes, no, excuse me and I don’t understand. Learn these and you’ll be ready to conduct short conversations in Latvian.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Latvian“.

Basic Latvian words & phrases: conversations

Basic conversation

please / you’re welcome
nav par ko

you’re very welcome
thank you
thank you very much
liels paldies
Excuse me!


I understand.
Es saprotu.
I don’t understand.
Es nesaprotu.
Hello? (on the phone) / I beg your pardon?
Kā, lūdzu?
What does that mean?
Ko tas nozīmē?
I don’t know.
Es nezinu.
I don’t speak Polish.
Es nerunāju poliski.
I speak a little Polish.
Es mazliet runāju poliski.
Do you speak English? (informal)
Vai jūs runājat angliski?
Do you speak English? (formal)
Vai jūs runājat angliski?
Yes, I do speak English.
Jā, es runāju angliski.
No, I don’t speak English.
Nē, es nerunāju angliski.

Making acquaintances

Please talk more slowly!
Lūdzu, runājiet lēnāk!
Nice to meet you!
Prieks iepazīties!
How are you?
Kā jums iet?
Good, thank you!
Paldies, labi!
I’m well, thanks!
Man iet labi, paldies!
Not bad, thanks!
Neslikti, paldies!
very bad
ļoti slikti
What’s your name?
Kā jūs sauc?
My name is [...].
Mani sauc [...].
What’s your first name?
Kāds ir jūsu vārds?
My first name is [...]
Mans vārds ir [...].
How old are you?
Cik jums ir gadu?
I’m [...] years old.
Man ir [...] gadi.
What are your hobbies?
Kādi ir jūsu hobiji?
What do you like doing?
Ko jums patīk darīt?
What are you doing (at the moment)?
Ko jūs (tagad) darāt?
Where do you live?
Kur jūs dzīvojat?
I live in [...].
Es dzīvoju [...].
I’m from England
Es esmu no Anglijas.
I’m English
Esmu anglis (m), Esmu angliete (f)

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