University of Latvia creates website to learn endangered Livonian language


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The University of Latvia has created a separate website where you can learn the endangered Livonian language. You can find it here.


The site has a dictionary, online lessons, and other materials for learning the language. In the online lessons, speakers in the form of stories and dialog help you learn words and how they sound. You can view all online lessons here.


There is also a separate institute at the University of Latvia, Lībiešu institūt, for the history and study of the Livonian language. It has a Facebook page and a YouTube channel.


The Livonian language is the language of the Livs. It is considered one of the autochthonous languages of the Latvian population and is currently endangered. The closest related languages to it are the southern dialects of Estonian, Votic, Karelian, Vepsian, and Finnish. The Livonian language had a significant impact on the development of the Latvian language.


The accent in Livonian words is always on the first syllable. The modern Livonian alphabet has 45 letters.


The last native speaker of the Livonian language died in 2013.


As previously reported, the United States has created an online Hoocąk-English dictionary that provides access to more than 11,000 words and phrases recorded by native Hoocąk speakers. This is an endangered Native American language.