Latvian Articles

If you're trying to learn Latvian Articles you will find that there is no articles used in Latvian. The definite and indefinite articles don't exist in the way we know it in English. But you should still look at the examples below, because they show how Latvian deals with the absences of articles. Also don't forget to check the rest of our other lessons listed on Learn Latvian. Enjoy the rest of the lesson!


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Latvian Articles

In English articles are words that combine with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun. Generally articles specify the grammatical definiteness of the noun. Examples are "the, a, and an". However that doesn't exist in Latvian. Here are some examples:

Grammar Tips:

Unlike English, which has definite and indefinite articles, there are no articles in Latvian. Ending of the noun serves for defining of the gender. Feminine nouns end with a vowel (-a or –e) and masculine nouns usually end with a consonant (-s). Example:  Upe (river), skola (school) and suns (dog).


Here are some other examples:

English ArticlesLatvian Articles
articlesartikuls
the
a
oneviens
somedaži
fewmaz
the bookgrāmata
the booksgrāmatas
a bookgrāmata
one bookviena grāmata
some booksdažas grāmatas
few booksdažas grāmatas

As you can see from the example above, the structure of no articles in Latvian takes a logical pattern.

List of Vocabulary in Latvian

Below is a list of vocabulary which should help you with your knowledge of Latvian. Try to practice but also memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Latvian vocabulary.

English VocabularyLatvian Vocabulary
Foodpārtika
almondsmandeles
breadmaize
breakfastbrokastis
buttersviests
candykonfektes
cheesesiers
chickencālis
cuminķimenes
dessertdeserts
dinnervakariņas
fishzivs
fruitaugļi
ice creamsaldējums
lambjēra gaļa
lemoncitrons
lunchpusdienas
mealmaltīte
meatgaļa
ovenkrāsns
pepperpipari
plantsaugi
porkcūkgaļa
saladsalāti
saltsāls
sandwichsendvičs
sausagedesa
soupzupa
sugarcukurs
suppervakariņas
turkeytītars
appleābols
bananabanānu
orangesapelsīni
peachespersiki
peanutzemesrieksti
pearsbumbieri
pineappleananāss
grapesvīnogas
strawberrieszemenes
vegetablesdārzeņi
carrotburkāns
cornkukurūza
cucumbergurķis
garlicķiploki
lettucesalāti
olivesolīvas
onionssīpoli
pepperspipari
potatoeskartupeļi
pumpkinķirbis
beanspupas
tomatoestomāti

Definite and Indefinite Articles are not used in Latvian, but you still need to know how to create sentences without them. Once you're done with this lesson, you might want to check the rest of our Latvian lessons here: Learn Latvian. Don't forget to bookmark this page.


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