Lithuanian: The oldest European language still spoken today
10 facts about the Lithuanian language
Origin of the language
Lithuanian emerged in the Baltic regions.
History of the language
It is believed that Lithuanian originated in 1009 AD.
Learning the language
For an English speaker, about 2100 hours are needed to learn Lithuanian.
Lithuanian language for beginners
Ten basic words to start learning in Lithuanian:
Good morning=Labas rytas
Only the other world has substance and reality; only good deeds and holy learning have tangible worth.
Novelist, newspaper editor and politician
I became interested in photography when I found my own sketches were inadequate.
In a meadow full of flowers, you cannot walk through and breathe those smells and see all those colors and remain angry. We have to support the beauty, the poetry of life.
Filmmaker, poet and artist
Fun facts about the Lithuanian language
One of the least spoken languages in Europe
Although it is the oldest known language of Europe, Lithuanian is now one of the least spoken with only around 3 million active speakers.
The longest word
The longest word in Lithuanian is nebeprisikiškiakopūsteliaujantiesiems, which has 37 letters, and refers to a person who is no longer capable of picking a plant called ood sorrel.
Similarity with Sanskrit
Sanskrit is an Indian language, and, yet oddly, it has many words that are similar to Lithuanian. Some examples arevyras (man) andavis (sheep).
A women’s marital status can be recognized by her surname
In Lithuania, when a woman gets married she adds-ienėto her last name. Although this is now a dying tradition, it is still an interesting fact.
Popular Lithuanian names are nature-based
Most popular names in Lithuanian are based on the names of plants, flowers and the sun. Some examples are Aušra and Ruta.
Lithuanians take a lot of pride in their language
In today's world, although Lithuanians do learn other languages, they are still very proud of their language and place great value in knowing it perfectly.
The first Lithuanian book was published in 1547
The Catechism written by Martynas Mažvydas was the first Lithuanian book and is one of the most important pieces in Lithuanian literature.
A respected language among linguistics
Lithuanian has a long and interesting history, which is why linguists consider it not just a beautiful but also a very important language.
Very fascinating grammar
Nouns have two genders, but adjectives, pronouns and participles all have three genders (masculine, feminine and neuter).