A PICTURE DICTIONARY IN ENGLISH Lifelong Learning Multirateral School Project “We all came here from somewhere” Olaine Secondary School No 1 Latvia 2011 There are more than 6 700 languages in the world. There are about 1,5 million native speakers in Latvia and about 120,000 abroad. Latvian language is the official state language of the Republic of Latvia. Its closest and only living relative is Lithuanian language: piens - pienas (milk) slota – šluota (a broom) zirnis – žirnis ( a pea) The first written texts in Latvian appeared more than 400 years ago. The present Latvian alphabet consists of 33 letters: a, ā, b, c, č, d, e, ē, f, g, ģ, h, i, ī, j, k, ķ, l, ļ, m, n, ņ, o, p, r, s, š, t, u, ū, v, z, ž. 22 letters are from Latin alphabet. Usage of BIG and small letters. AĀBCČDEĒFGĢHIĪJKĶLĻMNŅOPRS ŠTUŪVZŽaābcčdeēfgģhiījkķlļmnņ oprsštuūvzž - Rīga - Ilze -Eiropas Savienība (EU) -Baltijas jūra (the Baltic sea) etc. The vowel letters A, E, I and U can take a macron to show length, unmodified letters being short. The consonants C,S and Z in modified form can be marked with a caron (v). The letters Ģ, Ķ, Ļ and Ņ are written with a cedilla or little 'comma' placed below. Bruno The letter O indicates both the short and long [ɔ], and the diphthong [uɔ] Ola (an egg) So, lets train to speak in Latvian: brikšņi - brushwood jokains – funny Ola (an egg) This bundle of sticks is not my bundle of sticks, but that bundle of sticks is my bundle of sticks. Šis žagaru saišķis nav mans žagaru saišķis, bet tas žagaru saišķis ir mans žagaru saišķis. Thank you for your attention!