About the Lithuanian Language
Although Lithuanian is primarily spoken in Eastern Europe, it is not a Slavic language, as evidenced by the fact that its written form uses the Latin alphabet rather than Cyrillic. Rather, Lithuanian is a Baltic language. The only other Baltic language in existence today is Latvian. Scholars believe Lithuanian is the most conservative Indo-European language spoken today because of the thousands of words that are preserved from archaic languages. The official Dictionary of Lithuanian took nearly a century to complete, as it contains more than half a million entries! Many people enjoy the melodious quality of the Lithuanian language.
There are currently two dialects of the language: Aukštaitian, or Highland Lithuanian, and Žemaitija, or Lowland Lithuanian, which is also called Samogitian. Samogitian is primarily spoken in the northwestern part of Lithuania. Both dialects also have three sub-dialects. The Samogitian dialect differs from the Aukštaitian primarily in verb conjugation, although there are many Samogitian words that are different. Aukštaitian is used in all classrooms and television broadcasts and all but one Lithuanian publication, so few Lithuanian speakers besides Samogitians understand Samogitian well, although efforts are currently underway to preserve the Samogitian language. At Multilingual Connections, we have specialists available for whichever dialect you require our services in.