- BALTIC COUNTRIES FACT FILE
- Countries: Estonia, Latvia, & Lithuania
- Official Languages: Estonia – Estonian
- Latvia – Latvian
- Lithuania – Lithuanian
- Population: 6.19 million
- Capital: Estonia – Tallinn
- Latvia – Riga
- Lithuania – Vilnius
- Government: Estonia – Democratic Republic
- Latvia – Democratic Republic
- Lithuania – Democratic Republic
- Literacy: More than 99.5% can read & write.
- Currency: Euro
- Calling Code: Estonia (+372)
- Latvia (+371)
- Lithuania (+370)
- Time Zone: Estonia (GMT +3)
- Latvia (GMT +3)
- Lithuania (GMT +3)
- National Colours: Estonia (Blue, Black, & White)
- Latvia (Red & White)
- Lithuania (Red, Green, & Yellow)
- Major Rivers: Estonia (Kasari, Ahja, Vohandu & etc)
- Latvia (Pededze, Pedeli, & Lecava)
- Lithuania (Nemunas, Neris, & Venta)
- Estonian (Tere), Latvian (Sveiki), & Lithuanian (Sveiki)
- Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian are Indo-European Languages which are majorly spoken in Eastern Europe (Estonia, Latvia, & Lithuania). Lithuanian and Latvian contain a substantial number of “false friends” which means that the words are spelt the same in both languages; however, the meaning is completely different. These two languages have borrowed several words from neighbouring languages and the use of those words is different contextually. The importance of learning these Baltic Languages cannot be overlooked, since these languages offer a unique perspective to learn the cultural heritage, job opportunities, and the expansion of the business.
SOME FASCINATING BALTIC LANGUAGES FACTS:
- The only surviving and most influential Baltic languages in today’s world are Lithuanian and Latvian; Estonia is a Baltic state; however, linguistically it is more closely associated with Hungarian and Finnish.
- Presently, there are more than 3.9 million speakers of Lithuanian, 2.5 million of speakers of Latvian, and more than 1.1 million speakers of Estonian; additionally, more than 1 million Russian can also speak the Latvian language.
- People, who can speak Latvian, may face difficulties understanding the Lithuanian language, even though the two languages have similar origins.
- Lithuanian is a part of Indo-European family and it is the oldest spoken languages in the world which cognate in Sanskrit like “Vyras” (man), “šuo” (dog). It means Lithuanians can recognise some of the words from Indian languages.
- The Baltic languages have nothing in common despite being neighbours; the three Baltic countries are considered to have a homogenous culture throughout the world, although it seems to be true in case of Latvia and Lithuania whilst Estonian is more close to Finnish because both the languages share the same roots. Estonians and Finns can have a basic conversation without even learning each other’s language.
- Lithuanian language still contains several old-fashioned forms; hence, it is considered antiquated and appealing to linguists. Lithuanian language is very close to living relative Sanskrit within the Indo-European language family.
- Baltic languages are widely thought to be one of the hardest languages to learn because of dissimilarity between the languages. However, we do not believe in such theory; learning a foreign language will mostly come down to your own motivation.
Similarities in Baltic and Slavic Languages
- Lithuanian have had close contact with Polish since the origin of both two languages, and there has been an extensive language exchange; therefore, we can somewhat relate Lithuanian closer to Slavic languages than the “baseline”. Whilst Latvian have had close contact with German, therefore, it is heavily influenced by the language, which makes the language closer to Germanic. However, Estonian is from Uralic family, making it closer to Finnish.
- Lithuanian and Sanskrit used to be the same, which was neither Lithuanian nor Sanskrit. One more important point which needs to be mentioned is worship. Lithuanian worshipped the Gods the very similar way mentioned in the Vedas; despite having no geographical connection as a neighbouring country; nevertheless, it is arguable. The Proto-Indo-Europeans, as the original people are known, got around on horses. Their migration from their homeland, or urheimat, in the Pontic steppes east of Ukraine and north of the Caucasus, was on the backs of the creatures they called *h₁éḱwos, “swift”, whose descendants can be seen in Latin “Equus” and Sanskrit “áśva”. Still, it took them thousands of years to get to their modern territory.
- Estonian a language which is spoken a country of North-Eastern Europe, Estonia. It is quite similar to Finnish language; therefore, Estonian can understand Finnish.
- Estonian is spoken as it is written, employed phonemic spelling, with few exceptions in terms vowels since it does not follow the same rule. The stress is usually on the first syllable of the word.
- The lexical similarities between Finnish and Estonian are lower than 50%, which means half of the words in either language have corresponding connection. This is just an oversimplification; which means monolingual speaker of either language can recognise half of the words.
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Baltic Culture: Customs & Traditions
The religion in Baltic States is predominantly Christian of different denominations, Orthodox (Estonia), Lutherianism (Latvia), and Catholicism (Lithuanilaim a); nevertheless, it is considered that practitioners of Romuva claim to continue living as a Baltic Pagan traditions which is survived in folklore and customs. Romuva were a polytheistic Pagan faith which asserts the sanctity of nature and ancestor worship. The architecture in all three Baltic States is wonderful and the architectural differences can be seen despite being neighbours, be it flourishes, medieval gables, Stalinist confections, dazzling art nouveau or modern masterpieces. The major chances in the architecture of Baltic states is due to several invasion and the influence of invaders architecture is left as a reminiscent which can be seen through “Riga’s Art Nouveau Architecture”, an overly adorned façades cloak the hundreds of imposing structures that radiates beyond the city’s core. “Kumu” a seven storeys building of limestone, glass, and copper which has set a new standard and “Tallinn’s Old Town” a treasure trove of medieval battlements, dwellings, and public buildings. “Latvian National Library” it is also called “castle of light” which is situated on the bank of river “Daugava River” and “St. Anne’s Church” which is regarded as the most beautiful and church throughout the world.
Why choose Langma School of Languages for learning Baltic Languages
- Langma School of Languages has made the transition to a centre of excellence in Baltic languages.
- Our international team provide exceptional training in Baltic languages; the wide range of programme is provided by both native speakers and experts of Indian origin, all our faculty are extremely proficient and experienced, thereby offering the highest standard of training.
- Langma School of Languages’ objective is to provide exceptional teaching to students of all ages and levels, from school standard to professional, academics no matter what background or discipline they are engaged in, and we aim to exceed the expectations of our students by providing outcomes derived from the excellence of our training.
- Langma’s programme would provide the highest standard of foreign language training and encourage sustainable development with innovation in an environment of creative language acquisition.
- If you are looking for knowledge based interactive programmes leading to success in the field of Baltic languages, Langma School of Languages has everything you need all under one roof.
- Langma School of Languages is committed to providing the best standards of teaching and corporate training and enabling you to reach the peak in your domain.
- The main aims and objectives of Langma School of Languages, to provide unfettered access to the study of Baltic languages for all sections of society.
- We at Langma School of Languages firmly believe in the concept of the global village. With the advent of a multi-faceted digital world, this concept is more significant now than ever before and foreign language has become the link language.
- Our teaching methodology lays emphasis on Speaking, Writing, Listening, and Reading skills. We have evolved an interactive method that focuses on effective communication skills. Through our method we enable learners to have quick grasp of the Baltic languages. They are able to frame sentences quickly, thereby facilitating communication. Our interactive approach kindles an interest in verbal and social contact with others. The module relies heavily on audio-visual tools. This makes for easier learning and greater facility in Baltic Languages. A vast collection of Audio and Video CDs give the students a chance to see how the language is spoken by native speakers.
Experience Professional and authentic Baltic Languages classes with our Qualified Native-Speakers
Beginning with a very small setup, Langma School of Languages has grown by leaps and bounds. It has been instrumental in providing Baltic Languages instruction to millions. It has successfully conducted seminars and placed its students in the field of BPO, Event Management, FMCG, Aviation, and PR. Our team focus on customised training. The organisation is well-equipped with classrooms, auditorium, and an elaborate computer networking. Teachers are well qualified, experienced in the field of language training, experts in areas like grammar, accent, group discussion, and etc. Langma School of Languages is competent enough to take up any assignments from the target groups.