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Lithuanian phrasebook

Lithuanian (lietuvių kalba) is the official language of Lithuania and is spoken by about 4 million native speakers. The language belongs to the Baltic branch of the Indo-European family. Researchers of Indo-European languages say Lithuanian is the most archaic of all the living Indo-European tongues. In this respect it compares to the earliest Indo-European texts written 2500-3000 years ago. The Commission of the Lithuanian Language is the official regulating organization of the language.

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Stress in Lithuanian is not fixed; the stress can fall almost anywhere on any word. If you are even seriously considering to study the language Intensively, the best way to learn the language is do it word by word. When speaking Lithuanian, you won’t know which word to stress, but you will still be understood, even if you get it wrong.

In the Lithuanian vowels, you shall find both long and short vowel sounds.

A a 
(Short) Like “u” in “but”, (long) like “a” in “car”
Ą ą 
Same as Lithuanian “a”, (short) like “u” in “but”, (long) like “a” in “car”
E e 
(Short) Like “a” in “sat”, (long) like “a” in “amber”
Ę ę 
Same as Lithuanian “e”, like “a” in “sat”
Ė ė 
Like “e” in “bed”, but longer / more like “e” in German “mehr”
I i 
Like “i” in “sit”
Į į 
Like “ee” in “feet”
Y y 
Same as Lithuanian “į”, like “ee” in “keep”
O o 
Like “aw” in “paw”
U u 
Like “u” in “put”
Ų ų 
(Long only) Like “oo” in “pool”
Ū ū 
Same as Lithuanian “ų”, (long only) like “oo” in “pool”
B b 
Like “b” in “bat”.
C c 
Like “ts” in “cats”.
Č č 
Like “ch” in “cheese”.
D d 
Like “d” in “dad”.
F f 
Like “f” in “food”.
G g 
Like “g” in “good”.
H h 
Like “h” in “hat”.
J j 
Like “y” in “you”.
K k 
Like “k” in “keep”.
L l 
Like “l” in “look”.
M m 
Like “m” in “mud”.
N n 
Like “n” in “no”.
P p 
Like “p” in “pat”.
R r 
Like “r” in “run” but trilled.
S s 
Like “s” in “sat”.
Š š 
Like “sh” in “sheet”.
T t 
Like “t” in “top”.
V v 
Like “v” in “very”.
Z z 
Like “z” in “zebra”.
Ž ž 
Like “s” in “treasure”.

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