Tue, 18 November 2008
Hey there! This is Jack and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud. Today we have a special program with a special guest co-host. Raminta and I invited Kristina to come on the show and do an episode. Kristina is orginally from Klaipėda, Lithuania but she is currently studying at a university in Aberdeen, Scotland. Kristina is the famous Kristina of the Lithuanian tutorials on Youtube. She is the author and star of some great free videos teaching Lithuanian to English speakers. Raminta and I highly recommend that you visit Youtube, do a search for Lithuanian Tutorial and we guarantee you‘ll really enjoy Kristina teaching you Lithuanian. Please leave her some comments on her comments section and tell her we sent you. We‘ll include a link to her videos on the Lithuanian Out Loud blogpage.
Photograph: The USS Vigilant
Just a few hours ago Kristina and I recorded this episode using Skype. Naturally, since we‘re using Skype, you won‘t hear the crisp, clean audio you‘re used to, but I think everything is perfectly understandable.
So, Kristina, thanks again for coming on the show and good luck with your video series. Now, on with this episode covering the verbs norėti and nenorėti. Enjoy!
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Hi there, I’m Jack and I’m Kristina and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where we offer the world the Lithuanian language. Today we’re in the month of November which in Lithuanian is lapkritis.
According to the Wikipedia page, Vigilant/Kudirka Incident, on 23 November 1970, Simonas or "Simas" Kudirka, a Soviet seaman of Lithuanian nationality, leapt from the 400-foot or 120 meter ship Sovetskaya Litva, anchored in American waters near Aquinnah, Massachusetts, onto the USS Vigilant.
Kudirka saw this as a chance to ask for asylum and flee from the Soviet Union to the United States. The Captain of the American ship, Commander Ralph Eustis didn’t know what to do and he contacted headquarters when the Soviets demanded that Kudirka be returned to their ship. The Russians claimed Kudirka had stolen 3,000 rubles from their ship’s safe. This was a common tactic of Russian ships in situations like this.
After ten hours had passed Rear Admiral William B. Ellis ordered Commander Ralph Eustis to permit a KGB detachment to board the Vigilant to return Kudirka to the Soviet ship. What followed was a ridiculous and shameful incident where the KGB boarded a U.S. warship and chased Simonas Kudirka up and down the ship while Kudirka pleaded with any American he found for help. At one point a KGB agent grabbed an axe from a bulkhead intending to use it on Kudirka. An American sailor grabbed the axe and wouldn’t let him have it.
Eventually, the KGB caught Simonas, beat him to a pulp, handcuffed him and dragged him off the American ship and back onto the Soviet ship.
This led to a change in asylum policy by the United States. Admiral Ellis and his chief of staff were punished for their actions by the military. Commander Eustis was reprimanded and assigned to shore duty. Kudirka was tried for treason by the Soviet Union and given a ten-year sentence in a Gulag.
An award-winning book detailing the incident, Day of Shame, by Algis Rukšenas, was published in 1973. The book helped spur further investigations into the incident that eventually led to Kudirka's release by the Soviets.
The incident was portrayed in a 1978 television movie, The Defection of Simas Kudirka, with Alan Arkin playing Kudirka and Donald Pleasence playing the captain of the Soviet ship.
Many of the verbs we’ve gone over in previous episodes require the accusative case or galininkas. Norėti is different. Norėti requires the genitive case and nenorėti also requires the genitive case. Norėti is the Lithuanian verb – to want, to like, to wish, to desire.
please repeat, prašom pakartoti
to want, to wish norėti
to not want nenorėti
now, here is norėti in the imperative as in giving a command
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Vigilant / Kudirka incident http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC_Vigilant_%28WMEC-617%29
Photograph of Simonas Kudirka: