About Lithuanian Language
Lithuanian language is the mother tongue of approximately 3 million people in Lithuania and other countries. And this language belongs to the Baltic language group of the Indo-European language family. The only related language is Latvian, but they do not understand each other.
A Bit of History
The first texts in Lithuanian appeared in the 16th century – it was a translation of the Lord’s Prayer. At that time, the Lithuanian language was used only for religious texts and was very different from the modern Lithuanian language.
At the beginning of the 17th century, Lithuania came under the control of the Russian Empire, which impeded the development of the standard of the Lithuanian language. From 1866-1904, the Cyrillic alphabet was used in Lithuanian articles. However, Lithuanian books written in the Latin alphabet were secretly brought into the country from Germany.
Did you know that?
Lithuanian is considered as one of the oldest and purest Indo-European languages, which until today has retained its former form and has not been subjected to too much influence of external factors.
The Lithuanian alphabet consists of 32 letters. Sounds are divided into short and long. It is the only official language in Lithuania, one of the official languages of the European Union (EU) since 2004.
About 3 million people speak Lithuanian.
Examples of Writing in Lithuanian:
Sveiki! – Hi!
Labas rytas! – Good morning!
Geras vakaras! – Good evening!
Taip – Yes
Ne – No
Ačiū! – Thanks!
Atsiprašau … – Sorry …
Aš nekalbu lietuviškai – I do not speak Lithuanian