Mon, 19 May 2008
Hi there, this is Jack and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where we offer the world the Lithuanian language. I’m recording this introduction about one hour prior to this week’s podcast release. At the moment Raminta is on a train from New York City to Washington D.C. and next week she’ll be back home and I’m excited about that!
In a previous episode we featured LCC International University in Klaipėda, Lithuania. Today we have a guest from a completely different university. Today we’d like to welcome to the show Virginija Jurgaitytė from Klaipėda University – not to be confused with LCC. Virginija was very gracious to take a half hour out of her schedule. She tells us about the university and, of course, helps us with the vocabulary. Thank you again Virginija for coming on the show. It was very kind of you.
Just so you know, Virginija and I did speak a little in Lithuanian at the end of the episode but Raminta isn’t here right now to help me transcribe the conversation. I’d hate to make some mistakes so you won’t find the conversation on this podcast episode. I’ll add this conversation to an episode in two weeks.
As I mentioned in last week’s episode, the Skype audio quality isn’t great but I’ve listened to this episode a few times and I don’t think it’s terrible. You should be able to understand it just fine. Klaipėda University sounds great. If you decide to go there and study, make sure you say hello to Virginija and mention us here on Lithuanian Out Loud.
As you go through this episode keep in mind nationalities are not capitalized – that’s something I forgot. Thanks for correcting me Virginija.
Okay, thanks a million to everyone who gave us some new reviews on iTunes. We’re up to 22 positive reviews and our goal is 50. We’re almost halfway there. If you have a moment, please consider giving us a review on our iTunes page.
Thanks also to our dear friend Danielle of Sydney, Australia for helping us with the, “where is Lithuania,” street interviews. Danielle, you’re so awesome.
And finally, I’ve got a question for you. Have you ever been able to use your Lithuanian with a native speaker? Tell us about it on the Lithuanian Out Loud blogpage. If you’ve never left us a comment on the blogpage this is how you do it. Just go to our blogpage at www.lithuanian.libsyn.com and look at the most recent episode at the top of the page. Just scroll down to the bottom of the most recent episode and you’ll see the word, “comments.” Click on the comments with your mouse and you’ll see the latest episode again. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and you’ll see a section where you can leave your comments. After typing your comments just type in the two words displayed in the captcha box and click, “submit comment.” It’s that easy.
Okay, that’s just about it. Let’s get to today’s episode and next week we’ll have another guest host. A native Lithuanian speaker who lives in and teaches in Los Angeles, California in the United States.
On with the show! Enjoy!
Laba diena! (good day)
Hi there, I’m Jack, I’m Virginija Jurgaitytė, and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where we offer the world the Lithuanian language. Today we’re in the month of May which in Lithuanian is Gegužė.
In Lithuanian tradition trees are treated with respect. According to a Lituanus.org article by Elena Bradūnas, long before Christianity arrived in Lithuania, Lithuanians believed the souls of the dead would transfer themselves into a nearby tree, such as a tree near the deceased’s home or in particular, a tree near the person’s grave. Because of this, graveyard trees are sacred and a gardener wouldn’t dream of trimming one of these for fear of causing pain and suffering to the dead.
So, have you heard about this tradition Virginija?
Today we’ll learn how to create the plural of regular feminine nouns. That’s to say, two cars, three days, four schools, etcetera. Masculine nouns have to be matched to masculine numbers and feminine nouns have to be matched to feminine numbers. We’ll go over some irregular nouns later. To review numbers go back to episodes 0041 and 0044.
To create plural nouns in vardininkas;
the day diena
And Virginija, if you notice any mistakes in this lesson, please feel free to tell me.
the school mokykla
just the glass and it’s the glass for, say, champagne or wine – then it’s taurė
the glass taurė
now let’s add some numbers that we learned in episode 0041
two days dvi dienos
And Virginija, can I ask you, do you think that you have an accent from a region of Lithuania?
five cars penkios mašinos
Soon we’ll go over masculine nouns. Thanks to Eglė Ribalkaitė (of Klaipėda, Lithuania) for reviewing this episode for errors.
Puiku! Excellent! You made it to the end of another episode! Puiku!
A Study in Oicotype and Folk Belief by ELENA BRADŪNAS
Mano draugas Paulius told me something about the dialect too.. In Eurovision, few years ago, the Lithuanian song was in Lithuanian-But-Very-Different-Dialect so that from all the regions only the region of the dialect could understand.. But I forgot the name of the song :( He also said, in Vilnius, his name would be pronounced as PaUlius, while in western Lithuanian it\\\'d be PAulius. At least I questioned, what\\\'s the difference.. sounds the same to me.. But after few times repieating then I noticed. It\\\'s very nice to know :)
I\'m going to language school in Vilnius next month but then I will be doing a tour around the country and will be spending a few days in Klaipeda in August. If I ever go to language school again for intermediate studies, I think I would like to go to Klaipeda to try something different. Thanks for the nice review.