Why are you learning Lithuanian? I’ve heard this a thousand times since I decided to start learning Lithuanian. You might already have your own reasons for learning Lithuanian, maybe you have some kind of connection to Lithuania, a grandparent perhaps, or you’ve met the girl… or guy ;) of your dreams. Maybe you’ve decided to go off the beaten track and planned a visit to Vilnius, Kaunas or Klaipeda perhaps you just want to do something different. Either way here are 10 great reasons to get started learning Lithuanian.
1. Lithuanian is a beautiful language.
How lovely and how strange Lithuanian is. Like a river that trickles and flickers along always flowing but always different. – It’s Beautiful.
2. It’s a genuine and intimate connection with Lithuanian heritage.
By learning and expressing yourself in Lithuanian, you’re expressing Lithuania’s unique culture and history with every bit of your very being. You’re using a language that has been used by the Lithuanian people for centuries and centuries. The culture is truly embedded in the language.
3. It’s something incredibly different and unique to do.
With Lithuanian not included on the list of the 100 most commonly spoken languages. You will be one of a kind, unique, remembered and part of a select group of speakers and learners. (Roughly only 3 million people speak Lithuanian)
4. You are an ambitious traveller and like to go off the beaten track.
Lithuania has recently been voted by Lonely Planet as one of the best destinations to visit in 2015, and now that Lithuania is the newest member of the Eurozone and with that the adoption of the euro traveling has become a whole lot easier. It means more now than ever to learn Lithuanian than it has for a very long time. The language and country is bustling with activity which makes it a go to destination in Europe. Knowing Lithuanian will unlock more opportunities while you travel… Trust me.
5. It’s an ancient language.
It is one of the oldest and closest related languages to Sanskrit (a classical language of India). It is also the oldest surviving Indo-European language. Speaking it gives you a connection with times gone by.
6. Meet some truly amazing people.
Lithuanians are amongst the warmest and friendliest people you will ever meet and they will go all out to make you feel welcome. Just pay a visit to any of them at their homes, they are notoriously known for their hospitality you will be greeted with enough food and drink for an entire army. Speaking even a little Lithuanian will only help you better understand and connect with these amazing people and their culture.
7. Learning another language helps you better understand your own.
Ok this is an obvious one but it’s been said that learning another language helps you understand your own language and culture better. Studies have shown that problem solving and abstract thinking skills will be more flexible and creative. Lithuanian is a great way to put this theory to the test. It’s honestly changed my entire life.
8. The Lithuanian language gives you an insight into some of Lithuanian’s weird and wonderful traditional cuisine.
Lithuanians like to eat good, tasty and filling foods. Šakotis, Šaltibarščiai, Kugelis, Cepelinai these are a few of the dishes waiting for you. Knowing Lithuanian will not only allow you to appreciate the stories and traditions behind the food but will also allow you to enjoy them more.
9. You never know when you will need Lithuanian!
Not all Lithuanians speak English, it is true majority of people in Lithuania speak descent English, and you could easily travel Lithuania without speaking a word of Lithuanian. However exploring a picturesque little villages where English isn’t spoken, away from touristy hot spots, knowing some Lithuanian will no doubt prove useful. And with an estimated one million or so Lithuanian speakers living outside Lithuania in the UK, USA, Spain, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Russia, Sweden or Uruguay, you may get to show off some Lithuanian closer to home… Who knows!
10. Lithuanian is fun.
Learning Lithuanian will undoubtedly open up lots of opportunities to have loads more fun. Who doesn’t enjoy reading a good book or watching a good movie? Listening to Music? Hell yeah! Going to theatre? Sure thing! Achieving something unheard of? It can happen anything is possible! For all of the reasons mentioned above, and a whole lot that I’ve probably missed or I haven’t mentioned, learning Lithuanian can be one of the most enjoyable and life changing experiences you will ever do. Whether your motivations are practical, intellectual or sentimental, learning Lithuanian is something that will benefit you for the rest of your life!
So… Those are my 10 reasons to learn Lithuanian.
but what are your reasons? why do you think Lithuanian is a great language to learn? Leave comments below. :)
If you’re interested in getting started with Lithuanian, check out our resources section on the site for some helpful and free ways to learn Lithuanian and remember our very own Solveiga is now teaching so get in touch with her for help.
Learning Lithuanian is no small undertaking. However with commitment and passion as well as breaking the language down bit by bit I can guarantee you, you’ll be further than you thought you could be! Over the last 2 years of learning Lithuanian I have come to love Lithuania, its culture, its history and just about anything Lithuanian. I have become extremely passionate and inspired by this little country and I hope that if you do decide to learn Lithuanian you will come to feel this way too.
Thanks for reading.