Sat, 8 November 2008
Miesteliuose In The Towns
Hi there, I’m Jack and I’m Raminta and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where we offer the world the Lithuanian language. In Latin novem is the word for nine. Today we’re in a new month! In the old Roman calender November was the ninth month. In Lithuanian this month is lapkritis – derived from lapas, the word for leaf and kristi, to fall. Lapkritis is leaf falling month.
Photograph: Birches in winter
According to Wikipedia, in Lithuania trees of special significance include oak (ąžuolas), birch (beržas), linden (liepa), and spruce (eglė). A veneration of oak trees comes from pre-Christian times, when they were of religious significance. An ancient oak tree in Stelmužė, thought to be at least 1,500 years old, is the best-known tree in the country.
So far you’ve been introduced to the accusative singular and plural and the genitive singular and plural. The locative singular for example,
I’m in Vilnius aš esu Vilniuje
Masculine nouns that end in –as change to –e in the locative singular. For example, the city – miestas, in the city – mieste.
In the plural locative the ending changes to –uose. In the city – mieste, in the cities – miestuose.
Here are the masculine endings for the plural locative:
-as changes to –uose
vocabulary – žodynas
a park parkas
birds are in the park paukščiai yra parke
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Sveikute ponia Raminta ir sveiki pone Jack.Mes abu su anuku labai Jums dekingi uz anglu kalbos pamokas,Jus dirbat nuostabu darba ir tik nesustokite ji dirbe.Mano anukas antroje klaseje,labai noriai mokosi anglu kalbos,tai Jusu pamokos mums kaip medus.Lietuvoje daug daug vaiku kalba angliskai,o rusiskai nebemoka.Dar mano anukas nemoka gerai rasyti lietuviskai,o jau nuo antros klases mokosi anglu kalbos.Dabar jis mokykloje vis stengiasi pavaizduoti \"kieta\" ir daug zodziu taria english american,o mokytoja juos moko Londono tarme.Bet mes jau beveik amerikieciai,nes nuo lapkricio naikinamos vizos lietuviams vykti i Amerika.Mes zinome,kad amerikieciai megsta kai kalbi english american tarme.Linkime Jums laimes ir labai norime ir toliau girdeti Jusu,Raminta,smagu juoka ir malonu Jack bosa.Aciu Jums abiems. P.S. Musu pavarde Gintaras,mes,isivaizduokit,esame Amber from Lithuania. Maziukas Gintariukas-Darius ir as Rimantas,o kiek man metu,na...uzmirsau, ir mes abu Jus mylime. Hi Mrs. Raminta and hello Mr. Jack. My grandson and I are very thankful to you for the English language lessons. You are doing the great job and don’t stop doing it. My grandson is in the second grade, very eagerly learning the English language, so your lessons are like honey to us. In Lithuania many children speak English and don’t know Russian anymore. My grandson doesn’t write well but from the second grade learning English. Now at school he is trying to act “cool” and pronounces a lot of English – American but the teacher is teaching the London dialect. We are wishing happiness to you and we wish further to hear yours, Raminta, jolly laugh and pleasant Jack bass. Thank you to you both. P.S. Our surname is Gintaras, we, imagine, are Amber from Lithuania. Little Amby – Darius and me Rimantas, and how old I am, mush… I forgot, and we both love you.
Dear Raminta and Jack Thank you very much for producing this marvellous podcast on learning Lithanian. I am from Switzerland and my girlfriend is from Lithuania. So, I thought of teaching her Swiss German, and of myself learning Lithuanian. She manages to learn quite fast. Well, it may help that she has been living in Switzerland for more than 3 years now :-). However, I for myself studied many books, and asked her lots of questions, but somehow I didn\'t manage to memorize and really \"learn\" this difficult language. Now, I found your podcast on the Web, I am learning lessons 20-25 now... and I really appreciate your show, and I am really making progress. At least Marija tells me so :-). So, I hope that you continue to produce the podcast for a few more years... there is still so much to learn... Thanks again! All the best and thanks again for producing this podcast, Simon