Learn Survival Lithuanian
Wikivoyage users have collectively created a free Lithuanian phrasebook with the goal of making it possible for travelers to "get by" while traveling in areas where Lithuanian is spoken.
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Lithuanian 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.
Lithuanian (lietuvių kalba) is the official state language of Lithuania and is recognized as one of the official languages of the European Union. There are about 2.96 million native Lithuanian speakers in Lithuania and about 170,000 abroad. Lithuanian is a Baltic language, closely related to Latvian, although they are not mutually intelligible. It is written in an adapted version of the Roman script. The Lithuanian language is believed to be the most conservative living Indo-European language, retaining many features of Proto Indo-European now lost in other Indo-European languages.
Lithuanian employs a modified Roman script. It is composed of 32 letters. The collation order presents one surprise: "Y" is moved to occur between I Ogonek (Į) and J.
A, Ą, B, C, Č, D, E, Ę, Ė, F, G, H, I, Į, Y, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, R, S, Š, T, U, Ų, Ū, V, Z, Ž
Acute, grave, and macron/tilde accents can be used to mark stress and vowel length. However, these are generally not written, except in dictionaries and where needed for clarity. In addition, the following digraphs are used, but are treated as sequences of two letters for collation purposes. The "Ch" digraph represents a voiceless velar fricative, while the others are straightforward compositions of their component letters.
Ch, Dz, Dž, Ie, Uo
The Lithuanian language has the following linguistic heritage: Indo-European Languages > Balto-Slavic Languages > Eastern Baltic Languages > Lithuanian