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.
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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…
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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