Consonants

9 October 2011 by Pigmalijonas

Level: A1
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Now let's look at the consonants. Here are the Lithuanian consonants from the alphabet:

B C Č D F G H K L M N P R S Š T V Z Ž

There are 3 more consonants that are not in the alphabet, as they're formed from other consonants:

CH DZ DŽ

As in many other languages, every consonant can be either soft or hard. That depends on what vowel follows the consonant. If a consonant is followed by vowels E, Ę, Ė, I, Į, Y, then this consonant should be pronounced softly. If a consonant is followed by other vowels (A, Ą, O, U, Ų, Ū), then this consonant should be pronounced hard. As said, many languages differ soft and hard consonants, so you are likely to be able to pronounce consonants softly and hardly (or you already do that in your native language!).

Comments:

karen 29 January 2017 22:37
Perhaps it can be helpful to compare the pronounciation of the letter "l" in different English words, for example: "love" and "liar" ?
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