Tue, 18 March 2008
Today we‘ve got a mini-lesson on a simple subject. First, however, I have a question for you. Last year we stopped producing the Exam Episodes. We were afraid we might be boring people with them. Steve in the United States wrote in saying he really liked them because they got straight to business. He‘s got a point, the exam episodes had no history or culture lessons and banter going on.
Well, we hope you enjoy today‘s episode. This is the first time Raminta and I had a few moments to spare and we whipped out an episode without a script of any kind. This one is just off the top of Raminta‘s head.
Kas is a question word that means who or what. Kas yra? What is? Kas yra? Who is?
In episode 0052 we introduced the word, tai. The word “tai” translates as, this, that, these, or those.
What is this? Kas tai yra?
Aha, so it would be normal to say, kas yra jis instead of kas jis yra, what would be more common?
Aha, and of course you can say, kas jis.
Who is he? Kas jis?
And then kas tai, you can say this right? Kas tai?
What is that? Kas tai?
A good question. To be or not to be.
Būti ar nebūti – štai klausimas kamuoja
Who am I? Kas esu aš?
And you could also say just, kas esu.
Who am I? Kas esu?
Is this a little rude maybe?
Who are you? Kas tu esi?
Aha, so, maybe, you tell me, kas jūs esate, kas jūs, which would be more polite?
So, what would be more common – that you would hear on the street?
What’s up, what’s wrong, like, kas yra?
What’s wrong? Kas yra?
So, when would you say, kas yra?
What’s new? Kas naujo?
So, it’s naujo not naujo?
What’s new? Kas naujo?
(note: Some regions of Lithuania have different accents. In Vilnius “naujo” would end in an “o” sound similar to the English “go.” In other regions the “o” would sound more like the English letter “a” as in “ya” – “good to know ya”)
Who is Raminta? Kas yra Raminta?
Would you ever use this word, kas, like this, just kas?
Now an important point. When you use the question word kas, you’re using the vardininkas version of this word. So the answer must also be in vardininkas.
Short lesson, nicely done, good job. Šaunu, great, sveikinu!
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