Sun, 30 December 2007
Hi there, I’m Jack, welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where I’m just learning the language but my wife, well, she’s 100% natural Lithuanian. Thanks so much to those of you who answered our request for reviews on iTunes. If you haven’t given us a review on iTunes and if you have a few extra minutes please consider writing one for us. We’d love to get some more. Today we’ll learn numbers greater than ten but first, here’s my brilliant wife Raminta via Skype, what do you have for us honey?
Today we’ll take another page out of Wikipedia. In episode 0029 we introduced you to Perkūnas, the Lithuanian god of thunder and the sky. Perkūnas has a daughter named Aušrinė. In English we call the planet Venus the Morning Star or the Evening Star depending on the time of day. So, the Morning Star isn’t actually a star, it’s a planet.
Aušrinė is the goddess Morning Star. Her father is Perkūnas and her mother is Saulė, the Sun Goddess. Aušrinė is the female goddess of beauty, youth and health. Aušrinė shows the sky-way for her mother Saulė, the sun. Aušrinė has many sisters. One is Vakarinė who makes her mother’s bed in the evening. Her mother is, of course, Saulė, the sun. Such a loving family, don’t you think? But, sometimes they do have problems. One time long ago Saulė was married to Mėnulis, the masculine hero, the Moon. They divorced and Mėnulis fell madly in love with Aušrinė, the Morning Star Goddess.
Mėnulis kidnapped Aušrinė and wanted to marry her but Perkūnas, Aušrinė’s father stopped the wedding by hitting an oak tree, splattering Aušrinė’s white clothes with the oak tree’s blood. Perkūnas punished Mėnulis by slicing him with his sword. So much for the wedding.
Thank you dear, that was great.
great, now here’s eleven through twenty, prašom pakartoti…please repeat…
now, the numbers twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, etcetera, are easy. Raminta will say the number in Lithuanian,
once more, repeat after Raminta…
the numbers between the tens are created easily as well. These numbers are made up of two words. We won’t repeat every number from one to one hundred but there are enough here for you to understand the system. Here, I’ll say the number in English and you try to say it in Lithuanian before Raminta. Good luck!
21 dvidešimt vienas
starting with the next lesson we’ll take a break from numbers for a few episodes to work on some other concepts. When we come back to numbers we’ll learn how to say two restrooms, three brothers, five people, etcetera. Next week’s lesson will be an intermediate level lesson and we think you’ll have fun with it.
Sun, 23 December 2007
Hello there, welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud, I’m Jack, who’s just learning the language but my wife Raminta is 100% Natural Lithuanian.
Just so you know, as of today we’ve had a little over 6,500 downloads of Lithuanian Out Loud episodes and that number just gets bigger and grows faster all the time. We’re thrilled so many people are interested in the shows and we’re happy to give them to you for free. So, if you’re enjoying the lessons and you’d like to give something back, please go to our page on iTunes and give us a review. We don’t have any yet and we’d love to have some. It’s the only present we want under our tree. Will you do that for us?
Have you seen the Lithuanian Language Lessons from the Sydney Lithuanian Information Centre or SLIC? These are fun on-line lessons in the Lithuanian language created by Australian-Lithuanians and they’re free. There are a total of 24 lessons and there are many audio clips you can access by clicking on a small piece of amber. The lessons are also available on a cd for purchase from the Australian organization, although I heard somewhere they may be running low or out of them by now. Go ahead and check it out at www.slic.org.au and click on the link in the upper left hand corner for “Lithuanian Language Lessons." We think you’ll like them.
On today’s episode we’re going to go over some ways to say thank you for some things, but first let me tell you about Damien from Tours, France. Sorry for my pronunciation. I don’t speak much French. Damien was invited to speak in Vilnius at an opera seminar. He got to use some of the Lithuanian he used from Lithuanian Out Loud including a sentence he was able to use from episode 32. Damien was kind enough to ring us up and leave a message on our voicemail. So, Damien, tell us about your trip to Vilnius…
Hello everybody, this is Damien from Tours, France and you’re listening to Lithuanian Out Loud with Raminta and Jack, enjoy!
I’m a French musicologist and I work in Tours, in the Loire Valley. A few weeks ago I got a wonderful invitation to go to Vilnius and hold a lecture on Gluck’s Orfeo during a seminar for musicologists and music critics organized by the Opera and Ballet Theater of Vilnius at the beginning of December. I was very flattered that they sought me and above all I was very excited to go there because it’s not every day you’re invited to such a place like Vilnius. That’s why I made some research on the internet on the Lithuanian language and that’s how I found out about the podcast, Lithuanian Out Loud. But, unfortunately, I only had one month to prepare myself and as you can imagine most of my time was focused on the presentation I had to prepare so I had only a little time to learn some Lithuanian and I think the only thing I was able to learn was laba diena, labukas, which I like particularly, and of course, ačiū, which is so funny. I also liked a lot, prašom, just because of the sound of the word, but I never got to say it. Anyway, thanks to Lithuanian Out Loud and I really would like to thank Jack and Raminta for their help. I could greet the audience in Lithuanian and I said, “Laba diena ponai ir ponios, aš norėčiau visiems padėkoti kad susirinkote čia." Now I have to say what I discovered there was above my highest expectations. I mean the beauty of the old city, the charm of the small houses, churches, streets, how nice and welcoming people were with me. It’s been definitely a great experience for me and being a musicologist I must say I was struck by the intensity and the quality of the cultural life in Vilnius. Every night I was invited to a different show and I thought they were quite interesting.
Hey, Damien! Thanks a million for giving us such a great report on your trip. You’re very welcome for all the help and we’re happy we could do it for you. Keep in touch.
Alright, so that’s about it, on with the lesson that Raminta and I recorded a few weeks ago…
Hey everybody! This is Jack and I’m Raminta and you’ve downloaded Lithuanian Out Loud. It’s the world’s first Lithuanian language lessons in a podcast series!
Okay, previously we used the word už quite a bit. Už can have different meanings but in this case it means “for." Let’s go over the common phrase “ačiū už…" that we touched on at the end of lesson 0018. Here are some common phrases, please repeat the Lithuanian - Out Loud! Prašom pakartoti, please repeat…
ačiū už viską thank you for everything
This is something you might say when you’re leaving a friend’s house after a dinner or a party. The word viskas means all or everything.
ačiū už viską thanks for everything
pagalba is the word for help, assistance or aid.
Now let’s say somebody is impressed with your Lithuanian and they give you a compliment.
The word for invitation is kvietimas.
We’re on a roll here. Laiškas is the word for letter.
laiškas the letter
Fri, 21 December 2007
Hello there, welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud, I’m Jack, who’s just learning the language and my wife Raminta is 100% Natural Lithuanian.
According to the Wikipedia page entitled, “Lithuanian Museum of Ancient Beekeeping," the museum was established in 1984 and it displays the history of beekeeping in Lithuania. As of 2006, the museum consisted of six buildings, about 500 displays, and 25 sculptures. In addition to illustrating the history of beekeeping in the Baltic nation, some of the museum's wooden sculptures themselves contain beehives. The sculptures pay homage to the honeybee's place in worldwide mythology and folklore, including Egyptian and Native American figures as well as the Lithuanian bee goddess Austėja. The Lithuanian Veterinary Academy claims that Lithuanian bees are especially peaceful. They constitute a sub-species of the European honey bee; they’re smaller than Italian bees and larger than the Caucasian honey bee. The museum is open from May to October. A Honey Harvest festival is held in August, and the museum features a "Honey Bar". Mmmm! Yum! Yum!
Hello Jack and Raminta, this is Alvaro and I just want to let you know that I just found out about your podcast on iTunes, only this afternoon, I was just looking for something on Lithuania. I came across your podcast which is very, very excellent. The reason I say that is because I just visited Lithuania three months ago, a girlfriend of mine, she’s from there and I had the chance to go and know the country and I was in Kaunas, and I got to visit Vilnius, Mariampole, I went to Klaipėda, Palanga, and many of the cities in a matter of two weeks. The problem I had was I had little knowledge of the language and before I left I had bought some learning languages on Lithuanian but it was difficult to get a good understanding of the language but once I was on the ground in Lithuania – the people really impressed me, I really appreciated the hospitality, how the people are so nice, the country itself. I’ve traveled a lot around the world but Lithuania is a country that really surprised me and I was really impressed. You know, I’ve never lived in a cold place, but although it was cold back there, but I got to really, really appreciate it. The weather and the hospitality and the people and I can’t tell you how much I want to go back again. I live in Hollywood, Florida. My friend, she’s a girlfriend of mine, and she lives there and we’re planning to get together soon back here in the USA. I just wanted to let you know that I came across your podcast and I really, really like it and I think it’s a great idea that you put there I have to thank you very much, you two, for your helping a lot of people get to know the language and I hope that you’re going to put more podcasts and you’re going to continue on doing it, I really, really appreciate it, and just want to let you know that you’ve got one more subscriber, and thank you, thank you very much, and good luck to you and Merry Christmas, and yes, you can use my comments, bye, bye, Merry Christmas.
Well, Alvaro, thank you so much for taking the time to call our voicemail. We really appreciate your comments as well, and when we get comments like yours, it motivates us to create more episodes for everyone. So Alvaro, pardon me if I get it wrong, but is your accent originally from Brazil? I just like to try to guess.
Well, that’s it for now, let’s get on with the lesson…
Just for fun we decided to add “happy birthday" to this list. So, we’ll pick up with my conversation with Raminta yesterday…
su šventėm! happy holidays!
laimingų naujujų metų! happy new year!
su gimimo diena! happy birthday!
Linksmų Kalėdų ir laimingų Naujųjų Metų!
Sun, 16 December 2007
Hey! Hey! Hey! This is Jack and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where Raminta is the native speaker and I’m the beginner. Today we’ll learn numbers one through ten. On the episode after this we’ll learn some more ways of saying thank you for things and on the episode after that we’ll start working on numbers from eleven on up. But before we get to any of that, here’s a message from Eglė in the port city of Klaipėda, Lithuania.
Hello everybody, this is Eglė from Klaipėda, you’re listening to Lithuanian Out Loud with Raminta and Jack, enjoy!
Thank you very much Eglė, that was very sweet of you to say that for the show. Ačiū labai! In case you weren’t aware of it, eglė is the Lithuanian word for “fir tree."
Now, here’s a lesson that Raminta and I recorded a few weeks ago. Enjoy!
Hello everybody! This is Jack and I’m Raminta and you’re listening to Lithuanian Out Loud, the world’s first Lithuanian language lessons in a podcast series!
According to the World Health Organization, of the ten nations who have the highest rate of suicide, Finland comes in at 10th place. Number nine, Kazakhstan, eight, Ukraine, seven, Slovenia. Coming in at sixth place is Hungary, at fifth, Estonia and at fourth place is Latvia.
keep in mind this number is spelled with the letter “y" or y
ilgoji, so it has the long ‘eee’ sound, not the short “i" sound.
keep in mind, dešimt is the same in masculine or feminine numbers
Now the feminine numbers, please say them Out Loud
Okay, Raminta, let’s hear you count - one to ten really fast!
Labai gerai, ačiū, labanakt – labanakt
Mon, 10 December 2007
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Sun, 9 December 2007
Labas everybody! This is Jack, and I’m Raminta, and you’re listening to Lithuanian Out Loud, the world’s first Lithuanian language lessons in a podcast series!
In 1990 after Lithuania reestablished its independence, the Lithuanian Seimas or parliament enacted the “Lithuanian Nationality Law."
1-Complete a residency period
But according to the Lithuanian Nationality Law there’s a third way to become a citizen - if you’re a descendant of a member of the Lithuanian diaspora.
už jus! to you!
Now let’s toast Lithuania. Well, why not?
už Lietuvą! for Lithuania!
Of course we can toast other nations as well…
už Australią! for Australia!
Great! Now let’s toast our friend across the table…
už Džiaką! for Jack!
Sun, 2 December 2007
When you greet a Lithuanian at his or her house, flat or say the front door of a restaurant, whatever you do, don’t shake hands across the threshold of the doorway. Yeah, that one surprised me too but I was brusquely corrected on it recently.
Now, of course, you can greet each other as your guest opens the door but the physical shaking of hands must be done either inside or outside the threshold. If you do it wrong – baaaad luck!
On this lesson we’re going to stick with genitive declensions – had enough yet? No, you haven’t! - but this will be a relatively simple episode. A new word we’ll use today, amongst others, is the word for “price," as in the newspaper’s price.
If a word ends in –tis or –dis then it has a slightly unusual declension in the genitive case or kilmininkas. To do this lesson we’ll have to learn some new vocabulary.
Amerikietis an American male
In the genitive a word that ends in –tis or “t-i-s" as this word does, changes to “-čio."
the American man’s name Amerikiečio vardas
A man from Chicago might be called a Chicagoan. A male from New York City might be called a “New Yorker." A male who’s from Vilnius - “Vilnietis"
the Vilnius man Vilnietis
So, the “Vilnius man’s dog" would be…Vilniečio šuo
the Vilnius man’s car Vilniečio mašina
Vytis is a man’s name Vytis
Vytis’ daughter Vyčio duktė
The word for hotel is viešbutis
The word for newspaper is laikraštis
The word for “bird" is paukštis
The word for bicycle is dviratis
Now let’s go over some words that end in –dis or “d – i – s."
If we could…let’s talk about how you would name your aspen right in the front yard!
The word for pigeon or the month of April is balandis.
…on the roof, in the balcony…
an April day balandžio diena
The word for December is gruodis
The word for watch or clock is laikrodis
laikrodis a watch
…might be bad…