Sun, 4 May 2008
Hi there, I’m Raminta – Oh, you’re not Raminta. Hi there, I’m Raminta and I’m Jack and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where we offer the world the Lithuanian language.
Hey! We’re in a new month. In English this month is called May, after the Greek goddess Maia. The Romans associated Maia with their own goddess Bona Dea, the “good goddess." She’s the goddess of fertility, virginity, and women. Bona Dea had festivals in this month. In Lithuanian this month is called Gegužė. Gegužė is derived from gegutė, the cuckoo bird. The call of the cuckoo tells everyone spring has arrived. Woohoo! Good news. I’m ready for spring.
France and Lithuania are the two most nuclear power dependant nations in the world. In 2004, 80% of Lithuania’s electrical power came from nuclear power according to the Wikipedia page entitled, Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant.
As a condition of joining the European Union, Lithuania agreed to close Ignalinos atominė elektrinė. Why is Lithuania required to close it down? Safety. Unfortunately, the nuclear power plant at Ignalina is of the same design as the Chernobyl reactor which exploded in 1986, spraying Europe with airborne radioactive waste. Not only that, but the reactor is built on a tectonic fault and the United States Department of Energy has named Ignalina one of the most dangerous nuclear installations in the world. There’s a lively debate today in Lithuania as to when a new nuclear power plant should be built to replace the plant at Ignalina.
pradėkime, let’s get started. labai gerai.
Previously we studied the verb kalbėti, to speak. Today we’ll learn to conjugate suprasti - to understand. Kaip pasakyti lietuviškai? How do you say it in Lithuanian?
I understand aš suprantu
Now, we’ll go over some sentences but first we’ll introduce the word, tik – only.
I understand English aš suprantu angliškai
Šaunu! Great! You made it to the end of another episode! Nuostabu! Wonderful!
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Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant