9 October 2011 by Pigmalijonas
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.
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