12
Jun
09

Labas!

Lithuanian for hello.

“Labas!” is the most common greeting, and is what they say in the shops and so on. It’s also how you’d address your friends and family. Pronounced “La-buzz”, or something like that, it’s a bit hard for me to describe. One online source suggests comparing it to Spanish pronunciation, which works – say it as if it’s a Spanish word. If you don’t speak any Spanish, well… tough. Just do your best, I s’pose.

Obviously it’s not that straightforward, and you’d be shot or at least frowned at if you tried to greet a superior at work, or an older person, with a cheery “Labas!”. I think you’d be better to go with “Svieki!” in that case, but don’t ask me how to pronounce that. Then, of course, there are the variations depending on the gender of the person you’re greeting, and whether you’re talking to one person or several, and whether it’s morning or night…

I’m sticking with “Labas!”, and avoiding old people and men in suits.

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1 Response to “Labas!”


  1. 1 Zaneeta
    July 20, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    It is “Sveiki” and is pronounced sva – khi.

    A more proper way to great older or superior people is to say Laba Diena (good day).


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