Sat, 30 August 2008
Hi, this is Jack and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud. This week we have two new verbs for you with lots of examples. After the examples we go through a list of new words in vardininkas to help you understand all of the example sentences. We’ve also got another super contribution done by Agnė iš Vilniaus. Thanks again Agnė, you’re awesome, please keep them coming. I know everyone listening is really enjoying them. Also, we’re up to 32 positive reviews on our iTunes page. If you’d like to help us get to our goal of 50 reviews, we’d really love to get some more from you. So please, help us out if you can.
Before we get started with today’s Lithuanian, here is some input from Nicolas. Thanks for the input and we’ll try to keep the grammar coming for you. Specifically, what are you looking for? Please let us know.
Hey Jack and Raminta, this is Nicolas, I’m calling from the Netherlands, but I’m originally from Colombia, I just wanted to tell you that your lessons have been very, very helpful. I’m learning Lithuanian because I have a girlfriend from there…and I basically wanted to learn her language which is proving very difficult for now but your lessons have been very, very helpful. I was wondering if maybe you could help with some of the grammar sheets, I’m only starting your lessons but it’s probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to learn in Lithuanian. So, if you could upload some of the basic grammar stuff, or more advanced grammar if you want to, that’d be great and of course you can use this feedback in your show. Thank you very much and I hope we’ll get to talk to you again, bye bye.
Sveiki, aš Agnė.
I know a lot of students are struggling with this, so let's practice.
There are nine dvibalsiai in Lithuanian:
let's try to repeat each of them slowly:
If the stress is on the letter i, it sounds like this: vaikas, baigti, Klaipėda, laikas
the second diphthong…
the next one…
ie - like in theater - pieva, vienas, miestas, Dievas
oi - like in boy - oi, boikotas
ou - like in home - klounas, šou
uo - about the same as in watch... - uodas, duona, šuo, duoti
ui - like in ruin - muilas, buivolas, luitas, muitas
Congratulations, you went through all the nine diphthongs.
So let's repeat all of them once more:
Sometimes you can find three vowels in one place, starting with -i-: iai, iau, but it could be helpful for you to know, that "iai" is pronounced almost the same as "ei", and iau - as "eu":
That's it for today :) Enjoy practicing :)
Mėgti – to like
Hi there, I’m Raminta and I’m Jack and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where we offer the world the Lithuanian language.
According to Wikipedia, Lithuania's special animals include the wolf (vilkas) and the bear (lokys). According to a popular legend, an iron wolf in Gediminas' dream encouraged the Grand Duke to establish Vilnius and make the city his capital. The Iron Wolf Mechanised Infantry Brigade (motorizuotoji pėstininkų brigada 'Geležinis vilkas') is now the core unit of the Lithuanian Army. The bear is an ancient symbol of Žemaitija, one of the regions of Lithuania, and appears in the coat of arms of Šiauliai district as well. An elk is shown in the Lazdijai district municipality coat of arms.
Today we‘ll learn another way to say, for example, “I like Lithuania“ using a different verb – mėgti.
I like Lithuania man patinka Lietuva
So, you could say it either way? Man patinka would be more common. Aš mėgstu – kind of strange.
Oh, then we need a different example. Mėgstu Lietuvą, not a good idea. What would you say is a good example? Man patinka ir aš mėgstu for the same thing? Aha, man patinka…kava? Yeah, man patinka kava, aš mėgstu kavą. Right, okay.
Today we‘ll learn another way to say, for example, “I like coffee“ using a different verb – mėgti.
I like coffee man patinka kava
The difference between the verbs patikti and mėgti is that patikti is not a strong liking of something. Mėgti expresses a deeper emotion. When you use mėgti you‘re saying you deeply like something. Mėgti is a transitive verb so we decline the object of the sentence using the accusative case or galininkas. Nemėgti declines using the genitive case or kilmininkas.
The verb mėgti is always used with accusative. Aš mėgstu kriaušę – I like the pear.
prašom pakartoti, please repeat…
to like mėgti
I like aš mėgstu
to not like nemėgti
I do not like aš nemėgstu
imperative – so, these might sound a little bit odd as imperatives or as commands but here they are:
and now, here are some miscellaneous examples...
I like to disappoint aš mėgstu nuvilti
a fish žuvis
Šaunu! Great! You made it to the end of another episode! Puiku! Excellent!
You’re the greatest, Dear! Thank you!
Symbols of Lithuania
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