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Word for the Travel Wise (02/24/06)
Today's word is a Latvian word used in Latvia:
cirvis - axe
Somehow I thought this word went well with Neil's blurb on Latvia's most notorious prison, Karosta and staying overnight there - if you so desire. Spending a night in a cramped jail cell certainly isn't my cup of tea, but perhaps it's yours or say you mistakenly end up there and wish to break free from being behind the less than shiny bars. A 'cirvis' or axe wouldn't be my first recommendation or device of choice in escaping, but what would I know about the slammer or breaking out of one?
To learn Latvian online for free you'll need to be resourceful. Start with this Latvian Institute website full of info on the country and a short page dedicated to the lang and some common words which include axe, broom, pea, and beard. The Latvian tourism site has few, but far more useful in terms of greetings. If you're more about face-to-face language practice head to the American Latvian Association's annual meeting this coming April. As always find out who on My Language Exchange would be willing to help.