Learning some basic Lithuanian

Where to start? You only need 500 words to get through any country's daily routine





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Months of the Year

The months are linked to the seasonal changes: eg, November is when Autumn officially begins and leaves fall from trees, hence: lapkritis, (lapai = leaves, kristi = to fall)

January sausis
February vasaris
March kovas
April balandis
May gegužė
June birželis
July liepa
August rugpjūtis
September rugsėjis
October spalis
November lapkritis
December gruodis
In May gegužės mėnesį
In January sausio mėnesį


Basic words

For pronunciation, use the following: "a" = "ahh", "e" = "air", "i" = short i as in "bin", "o" = "or", "u" = oo as in book.

Hello/Hi Labas
Goodbye (formal) Viso gero
Goodbye (informal) Iki
Good morning Labas rytas
Good afternoon Laba diena
Good evening Labas vakaras
Yes Taip
No Ne
Please Prašau
Thanks Ačiū


Getting assistance

These phrases, although somewhat extensive, are helpful in getting through assistance

My name is … Mano vardas
What is your name? Koks tavo vardas?
How are you? Kaip gyveni?
Fine and you? Ačiū gerai. Kaip tu?
Pleased to meet you Malonu susipažinti
How much is it? Kiek tai kainuoja?
See you later Iki pasimatymo
Excuse me Atleiskite
Can you help me please? Ar galėtumėte man padėti?
I am trying to learn Lithuanian bandau išmokti kalbėti lietuviškai


Basic Cafe

The drinks menu

A black coffee please Norėčiau juodos kavos
A white coffee please Norėčiau baltos kavos
Two white coffees please Dvi baltas kavas
A tea with milk arbata su pienu
A lemon tea citrininė arbata
A lemonade please Norėčiau limonado
A beer please Norėčiau alaus
Two beers Du alaus
A glass of red wine Taurė raudono vyno
A glass of white wine Taurė balto vyno


Basic numbers

Lithuanian contains masculine and feminine words. Numbers point to their gender with a minor variation

one (m) vienas
one (f) viena
two (m) du
two (f) dvi
three (m and f) trys
four (m) keturi
four (f) keturios
five (m) penki
five (f) penkios
six (m) šeši
six (f) šešios
seven (m) septyni
seven (f) septynios
eight (m) aštuoni
eight (f) aštuonios
nine (m) devyni
nine (f) devynios
ten (m and f) dešimt


Numbers 11 to 20

Just add "lika" to the prime number to make it -teen and at 20, add "dešimt" (a ten)

eleven vienuolika
twelve dvylika
thirteen trylika
fourteen keturiolika
fifteen penkiolika
sixteen šešiolika
seventeen septyniolika
eighteen aštuoniolika
nineteen devyniolika
twenty dvidešimt


Big numbers (sort-of)

So multiple numbers are the single digit with "-dešimt" added, then 100s you add the "-šimtas" and repeat

thirty trisdešimt
forty keturiasdešimt
fifty penkiasdešimt
sixty šešiasdešimt
seventy septyniasdešimt
eighty aštuoniasdešimt
ninety devyniasdešimt
one hundred šimtas
one thousand tūkstantis