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Sorry, I don’t speak Lithuanian.

hello vilnius

So you’re coming to Lithuania and you don’t know the language. Well, you should be fine as long as you speak either Russian, Polish or English and provided you stay in Vilnius for the pleasures and comfort of English (the further from the capital, the less chance there is).

From my modest experience, Russian is always your best bet. In my everyday encounters with all sorts of linguistically unidentified individuals, I don’t even ask any more and try my luck in Russian directly. The vast majority of Lithuanians, both young and old, speak it to some degree, the probability decreasing with age.

The same goes for Polish, although you will often be surprised to meet young people speaking very good Polish. Don’t expect it to be the standard Polish though, Poles living in Lithuania speak the Northern Kresy dialect, perfectly understandable but with some major differences in pronunciation and vocabulary…

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