Sun, 14 September 2008
Hi there, I’m Jack and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud. Today we’ll start the show off with a very nice email, then on to another awesome installment of Agnė iš Vilniaus. Thank you Agnė for taking the time to record this for us. Starting with today’s episode we’re going to do a series of programs on numbers. It may not be the most exciting stuff we can offer, but we have to go over it sometime, so we’ll do it now. Also, we’re up to 33 positive reviews on the Lithuanian Out Loud iTunes page, thanks to everyone for helping us with these. Remember, our goal is 50 so we only need 17 more. Can you help us out? Thanks! Enjoy the program and here is an email from Lithuania…
Dear Jack and Raminta:
Geri Henderson, PhD
Thanks Geri for the nice words and we’ll try to keep the episodes coming. Okay, Agnė, your turn, take it away!!!
Hi, I am Agnė, and welcome back for some more Lithuanian phrases. If you see any angry Lithuanian, you could ask him: kodėl tu toks piktas kaip širšė? - Why are you as angry as a wasp?
But let's start from the very beginning.
kodėl? - why?
and here are the expressions:
Piktas kaip širšė
Let's say them one time slowly:
Piktas kaip širšė - As angry as a wasp - if you are addressing a male
Let's go over some examples:
Kodėl jis toks piktas? - Why is he so angry?
Tavo tėtis piktas kaip širšė - Your dad is as angry as a wasp
That's it for today, see you next time! Enjoy it and don't be angry :)
Hi there, I’m Jack and I’m Raminta and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where we offer the world the Lithuanian language. Today we’re in the month of September which in Lithuanian is rugsėjis.
In the navy a submarine tender is a ship that supplies and supports submarines. In 1961 when Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were still forceably part of the Soviet Union, Captain Jonas Pleškys sailed his submarine tender out of Klaipėda and into the Baltic Sea. Soviet authorities had ordered the ship to travel to Tallinn, Estonia but Jonas sailed to Gotland, Sweden and defected to the west. The Soviet Union convicted Ponas Jonas in absentia and his sentence was death by firing squad. Jonas died in California in 1993 of old age.
His story is believed to be the basis for Tom Clancy’s book The Hunt for Red October. In the book and in the movie submarine captain Marko Ramius is known as, “The Lithuanian.” The submarine captain sails his ship to the west and defects.
Just an interesting bit of trivia; in the beginning of the book Captain Marko Ramius kills his KGB political officer. The Soviet officer’s name? Ivan Putin. That’s funny.
pradėkime, let’s get started
Now we’re going to study something I didn’t understand for a very long time. Numbers that end in the number one. For example, 21, 31, 41, 51, 61, 71, 81, 91, 101, 11,391, 635,271, excluding 11. Eleven is the only number that doesn’t follow this pattern.
Before we get to the meat of this episode, here are some nouns for you;
a shoe batas
The interesting thing about 21, 31, 41, etcetera, when paired with a noun, for example, 21 days, 31 cities, or 41 books, the noun has a singular form.
21 days dvidešimt viena diena
Do you see what we’re getting at here? If the number ends in a one, then the noun is singular. The only exception is eleven or vienuolika. Eleven does not follow this rule.
Prašom pakartoti…please repeat…
71 countries septyniasdešimt viena šalis
Alright! That’s it for today! Thanks for the download! If you got anything out of this lesson please leave us a review on our iTunes page.
Captain Jonas Pleškys