Softening Vowel i

9 October 2011 by Pigmalijonas

Level: A1
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Previously it was said that every consonant can be either soft or hard. (That depends on what vowel follows the consonant. Consonants followed by vowels E, Ę, Ė, I, Į, Y are pronounced softly, and consonants followed by other vowels (A, Ą, O, U, Ų, Ū) are pronounced hard.)

The letter i acts as a softening vowel. If you put i in front of A, Ą, O, U, Ų or Ū, then the consonant that is before i becomes soft. Note that before these consonants the softening vowel i is not pronounced.

Please compare:

LA LIA
BO BIO
BU BIU
ČŪ ČIŪ
NA NIA
RO RIO
VU VIU
ZŪ ZIŪ
MA MIA
KO KIO
ŽU ŽIU
HŪ HIŪ
labas and Aliaska
nors
and aštuoniolika
kūgis
and kiūtinti

Comments:

Victoria 30 January 2015 00:26
no sound
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karen 29 January 2017 22:56
Aliaska: Alaska / kada nors: sometime / astuoniolika: eighteen / kiutinti: to plod.
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