Sun, 18 November 2007
Who are the Samogitians? According to the Wikipedia page entitled, Samogitia, Samogitia or Žemaitija in Lithuanian, is one of five ethnographic regions in Lithuania. It’s primarily the western third of Lithuania. The Samogitians were a key factor during the Battle of the Sun.
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Early the next morning the Samogitian Lithuanians, who were probably led by Duke Vykintas, attacked the German camp. The lightly armored Germans in the camp bravely ran away but the heavily armored crusader knights stayed and fought. The knights were completely wiped out, including the leader of the Livonian Brothers, Master Volquin.
And now, just a quick note before we move on to today's lesson. We have a new email address, it's firstname.lastname@example.org you can find it on the blogpage. And now, here's a plug from one of our listeners in Lithuania...
Hello everybody! This is Evaldas from Klaipėda, Lithuania, and you are listening to Lithuanian Out Loud with Raminta and Jack, enjoy!
Thanks a lot for doing that for us, Evaldas, we really appreciate it. Thanks a bunch!
Today we’re going out for some drinks with our buddies and we just might speak some Lithuanian – Out Loud!
Į sveikatą! To health!
You can say this one to a male, a female or to a group of people, it doesn’t matter. In Lithuanian culture it’s important that as you tap your glasses and say, Į sveikatą! that you look the other person straight in the eye. If you don’t, I don’t know, it’s bad luck or something…
Į jūsų sveikatą! To your health! (you formal or you-all)
Another great phrase to use is būk sveikas! or būk sveika! This literally means “be healthy!" Of course as you might have guessed būk sveikas! is said to a man and būk sveika! is said to a woman.
būk sveikas! Be healthy! (to a male)
Here’s another one for you. Iki dugno!
Iki dugno! Bottoms up!
And that’s it for our introduction to drinking with Lithuanians. You can expect more lessons on this subject. Maybe a lot more. :)