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How much of the local language do you need for daily living? Are local language classes/tutors available and affordable?
You can get by fine with English in Riga. Everyone under 30 speaks it fine, especially in Old Riga. Outside the capital it would be advised to have some Latvian or Russian. - Jul 24, 2017
Many Latvians, especially in Riga, speak excellent English. Latvian is the official national language, although many people also speak Russian (especially older generations). Local language classes are definitely available. - Sep 21, 2016
Almost none. English is widely spoken. - Jul 11, 2010
Younger generation speak English well. In Riga you can get by in English, but I run into situations every day where I need to know either Latvian or Russian. You need either Latvian or Russian outside of Riga. - Aug 23, 2008