svešvaloda

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See also: svešvalodā

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Etymology[edit]

From sveša (strange, foreign [fem.]) +‎ valoda (language).

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

svešvaloda f (4th declension)

  1. foreign language (a language which is not one's own native language)
    mācīties svešvalodas — to learn foreign languages
    svešvalodu kursiforeign language courses
    svešvalodu skolotājiforeign language teachers
    “Nu un kā klājas Ritai?” “Dzīvo jūrmalā. Taisās studēt svešvalodas.” — “So, and how is Rita?” “She's living at the seaside. She is going to study foreign languages.”

Declension[edit]

Usage notes[edit]

Though sometimes used interchangeably, the phrase sveša valoda tends to means “strange, alien language,” while the compound svešvaloda is the normal term for “foreign language” (cf. German Fremdsprache and fremde Sprache).

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