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PostPosted: 2014 04 04, 04:26 

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Hey!

I'm from the USA. My native language is English. I studied a bit of Spanish in high school. I'm currently majoring in Russian language and minoring in Linguistics. I took a couple weeks of Ancient Greek, but had to drop to make time for other classes. I'm planning on taking German and Swahili next semester, and maybe French at some point if I can. I plan on going to Russia next spring, and again for 9 months after I graduate. I then plan on going to graduate school to get a Ph.D. in Slavic linguistics.

I've been interested in Lithuanian for a few months now, and I'm really wanting to start studying it. There's a textbook I'm wanting to buy, called Colloquial Lithuanian, published by Routledge, and might start over the summer (along with Mandarin Chinese, perhaps!).

I've got a few questions that I hope you guys can answer!
  • What's the best English-Lithuanian dictionary? The only thing I require is that it mark accent.
  • Are there any beginner-level Lithuanian texts? Even popular children's books would work.
  • Best place online to hear Lithuanian? Popular news sites? Podcasts would be awesome.
  • Lithuanian chat rooms / IRC channels?

I see this site is pretty absent of activity. I hope there's enough of you guys left to keep it going :)

Daniel


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 Post subject: Re: A few questions
PostPosted: 2014 04 28, 22:43 
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Hello, Daniel. Let's see if I can help.
daniel.e2718 wrote:
  • What's the best English-Lithuanian dictionary? The only thing I require is that it mark accent.
  • Are there any beginner-level Lithuanian texts? Even popular children's books would work.
  • Best place online to hear Lithuanian? Popular news sites? Podcasts would be awesome.
  • Lithuanian chat rooms / IRC channels?

First things first, I have seen Colloquial Lithuanian and I wouldn't suggest buying it. In fact I don't really like the 'Coloquial...' collection as a whole. But that's just me. Considering your background in linguistics you might find even more useful to get a grammar like this one http://www.amazon.com/Lithuanian-Gramma ... an+grammar or maybe this pocket version, which has students in mind http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Grammar ... 9955231491

The best English-Lithuanian/Lithuanian-English dictionary I know is a computer program called Tildės Biuras. It not only translates, but also has conjugations and declensions. I don't remember if it has accents, but you can always use http://www.lki.lt/dlkz/ the Lithuanian dictionary to check.
I'm not sure about any beginner-level Lithuanian texts, and I think children's books are not an option for a beginner. They usually have lots of participles, many cases and such.
If you want to hear Lithuanian you can listen to this podcast http://lithuanian.libsyn.com/ (which isn't really a podcast in Lithuanian, but rather a podcast to learn Lithuanian)or visit http://tv.lrytas.lt/ to begin with. I'm guessing this is just to get accustomed to the sounds, so anything works really. Some other news sites: http://www.delfi.lt/ http://www.15min.lt/
I don't remember about any chat rooms or IRC channels. I suggest you try and find some language partner to chat in Skype. You can always search people based on location and simply send them a friendly message to see if they are interested in chatting.

I hope this helps. Please, feel free to ask for any other advice, or more information on the same topics. Also, don't remember you have the forum to help you with whatever you don't understand.

Happy learning!

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