This resource is intended for students willing to build their colloquial Latvian vocabulary. This resource contains 100 thematic topics which consist of both phrases used in daily contexts as well as more focused lexis-oriented themes, such as days of weeks, adverbs, etc. The starting page is a menu listing all the topics in English ( but you can modify the source language and switch to your native language both on the page you are in as well as at the main page of the resource, https://www.50languages.com). Upon clicking on the selected topic, you are taken to a page where relevant expressions are provided in English (or your native language, if you have switched to it) and Latvian. The Latvian version can be viewed in two formats - fully visible, or is partly visible, which is good for self-checks. Every phrase is accompanied by an audio recording. If you click on the plus sign "+" in the right-most column, a pop-up window will appear, offering you to check if you know the same expression in any of the other 49 languages, represented by little flag icons.
As stated above, the resource is very flexible and can be easily navigated in various directions. It is convenient as it allows adjusting the source language at the main page, and has outlets to other languages on every page presenting individual topic. As the resource contains 100 topics presenting both individual lexical items and useful expressions and phrases, the learner of essentially any level of language proficiency can boost or check their skills on a topic of their choice. The accompanying audio recordings can be listened to as many times as needed, which makes practicing pronunciation very easy. Meanwhile the relevant lexical item of phrase can be viewed in both full and partly visible format, which facilitates memorization and is good for building confidence.
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This is an easily navigable resource for learning Latvian both in classroom and independently. The resource is extremely convenient as you can select another source language, if your native language is other than English. Just change the setting on top the page of the resource you are in! The resource allows learning new vocabulary from scratch, which may be appealing to those just starting to learn the language. It may also be appreciated by those already in lower levels of language proficiency, as there are numerous useful phrases on a broad variety of topics. Both individual lexical items and expressions are accompanied by an audio recording. The resource is very user-friendly and looks quite light-hearted and easy-going. Meanwhile the scope of the vocabulary offered, the grammatical constructions practiced in common expressions as well as the accompanying audio tracks provide for a multi-directional, effective, and enjoyable learning environment.
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