Lithuanian

Lithuanian is one of the Baltic languages with somewhere between three and four million speakers. It is of particular interest to linguists as it is the Indo-European language that has changed the least since it split from Proto-Indo-European.

How to learn Lithuanian

Learn these basic phrases, and learn some (or all) of the 500 Lithuanian sentences.

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Sample text in Lithuanian

An extract from a Lithuanian version of the Little Prince.

Mažasis princas (the Little Prince)

Kai man buvo šešeri metai, kartą vienoje knygoje apie Neįžengiamą girią - knyga vadinosi "Pasakojimai apie dalykus, kurie tikrai įvyko",- radau puikų paveiksliuką. Jame buvo atvaizduotas smauglys, ryjantis žvėrį. Štai čia perpieštas tas paveiksliukas.

A long time ago, when I was six years old, in a book about primeval forests, called 'True Stories from Nature', I saw a magnificant drawing. It was a picture of a boa constrictor in the act of swallowing an animal. Here is a copy of the drawing.

The Lords Prayer in Lithuanian
Tėve mūsų

Tėve mūsų, kuris esi dangusu:
Švenskis vardas tavo.
Ateik karalystė tavo.
Būki tavo valia, kaip danguje, teip ir ant žemės.
Duonos mūsų visų dienų duok mumus nu.
Ir atleid mumus mūsų kaltybės, kaip mes atleid'em
mūsų kaltiemus. Neved mus ingi
pagundymą, bet gelbėk mus nuogi
viso pikto.
Amen

The Lithuanian Language

There are no articles in Lithuanian, so kriaušė can mean either 'a pear' or 'the pear'.

Nouns can be either masculine or feminine and have seven cases - depending on meaning, sentence position or possession. These are Nominative, Genitive, Dative, Accusative, Instrumental, Locative and Vocative. Nouns have both singular and plural forms and decline in both.

Adjectives decline and agree in case, noun and gender with the noun.

Verbs are divided into conjugations depending whether the third person present ends in 'a', 'i' or 'o'. There are formal and informal verb froms - similar to French tu and vous.

Resources

Lithuanian dream podcast. Podcasts about Lithuania in English.

Lithuanian phrases ordered by topic.

Learn five hundred Lithuanian sentences.

Learning Method

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Related languages

Latvian