What other languages are spoken in Lithuania and Estonia?
Thread poster: Marion Schimmelpfennig

Marion Schimmelpfennig  Identity Verified
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Jul 28, 2005

Dear all,

I am asked to conduct a naming consultation which includes Lithuanie and Estonia - can you tell me which languages, besides Lithuanian (and Estonian???) are spoken there?

Many thanks for your quick reply!


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Williamson  Identity Verified
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Russian and a bit of English Jul 28, 2005

The Baltics were annexed by the USSR in 1939.
So you will find people there who only speak Russian. (tolko russki jazik).
My friend from Estonia speaks Russian, Estonian, English.
I guess that being a part of the E.U., the younger generation will learn their mother-tongue and English instead of Russian.


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Marion Schimmelpfennig  Identity Verified
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Thanks1 Jul 28, 2005

Thank you - so that means in

Lithuania, people speak mostly Lithuanian and Russian and in

Estonia, people speak mostly Estonian and Russian?


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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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Right Jul 28, 2005

though generally Estonian knowledge of Russian is bad (there are about 30 % of Russians in Estonia). In Lithuania there are about 8 % Russians.

With translators in Estonia and Lithuania we communicate only in English, also when visiting these countries I always speak English, no problems.

Uldis


Marion Schimmelpfennig wrote:

Thank you - so that means in

Lithuania, people speak mostly Lithuanian and Russian and in

Estonia, people speak mostly Estonian and Russian?


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Mindaugas Vasinauskas  Identity Verified
Lithuania
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Offical statistics Jul 28, 2005

There are 3.5 million people in Lithuania, 2.9 million of them are native Lithuanians who speak Lithuanian. There are also 0.2 mln of Russians and 0.2 mln of Poles.

60% of people in Lithuania can speak and understand Russian, 17% can speak English (40% of 20 to 24 years old can speak English).



Statistical data of 2002.
http://www.std.lt/web/main.php?parent=468&module=811&id=294
http://www.std.lt/web/main.php


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