9 October 2011 by Pigmalijonas
We will start exploring the alphabet by looking at the vowels.
Here are the Lithuanian vowels from the alphabet:
A Ą E Ę Ė I Į Y O U Ų Ū
Vowels A, E and O can be either short or long. At first, you will not be able to say which A, E and O are long and which are short.
The nasal vowels Ą, Ę, Į, and Ų are always long, so you will not have doubts about them. Keep in mind that the nasal vowels are not pronounced through the nose. They only mean a long vowel.
Vowel I is a short vowel, whereas Y is long. Vowel U is a short vowel, and Ū is long.
A very important thing to know is that the letter i means a softening vowel. We will talk about it in the next lesson.