Stressing (1)

9 October 2011 by Pigmalijonas

Level: A1


Lithuanian has quite a complex stressing (accentuation) system, which for this reason is going to be taught later.

Lithuanian does not have a permanent stress like French (all words stressed in the last syllable) or Latvian (all words stressed in the first syllable). The stress can be anywhere in a word, in any syllable, like in English.

You have learned about syllables in previous lessons. Sometimes a word may change its meaning if you stress another syllable. For example, yra, if stressed on y, means "it decays", but if stressed on ra, means "it is". Gėrimas, if stressed on , means "a drink", but if stressed on ri, means "the action of drinking".

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