Sun, 20 January 2008
Hi there, I’m Jack and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where the lessons are free and we offer a 100% money back guarantee. Of course, this is the month of January, or in Lithuanian it would be…sausis.
On today’s episode we’ll be going over some new phrases for chatting in a conversation and just so you know, on the next lesson we’ll learn some fun ways to say goodbye. After that we’ll start to tackle the accusative case and after that, the locative case. We’re also working on bringing you some more intermediate lessons since we’ve had some good feedback on them and evidently, you want some more.
One of our listeners named Autumn was nice enough to tell us about Oneness City. It’s a free online Lithuanian web site with 10 interactive lessons including voice recordings. This looks like a great place to study and it’s put together by 16 staff members of the Vilnius University. I wish I had a staff! I haven’t had a chance to look at the lessons in depth yet, but initially, it looks great. Please take the time to click on the link on the Lithuanian Out Loud web page.
Now, Raminta, would you tell us a little about Lithuanian culture?
Okay, so, piliakalnis is the Lithuanian word for Hillfort. It comes from pilis, or castle and kalnas, mountain or hill. The remains of at least 800 piliakalniai dot the landscape of Lithuania and the single most famous hillfort was named Pilėnai.
In February of 1336 over 4,000 Lithuanians were trapped inside this fortress by the invading German Teutonic Knights. Seeing the situation as hopeless and not wanting to be sold into slavery, the Lithuanians committed mass suicide. They burned everything in the castle, set the wooden castle itself on fire, and then every man, woman and child took their own lives.
If you want to visit the ruins of Pilėnai that might be difficult. Nobody seems to know for certain where it’s located. However, the legend of this defiance of invaders remains strong in Lithuanian culture. The story lives on in the history, poetry and music of Lithuania.
The last time we learned a new greeting was in episode...don’t worry about that. If you’re practicing Lithuanian with some friends, by now you’re probably a bit bored with saying kaip gyveni? or kaip sekasi? again and again. We need some variety! Let’s learn some new ways to say, Hi, how ya doin?
prašom pakartoti lietuviškai…please repeat in Lithuanian…
kaip sekasi? how are you?
prašom pakartoti…please repeat…
kaip sekasi? how are you?
you can drop the word, ir
sveikas gyvas! healthy and alive! (male)
So, do you use these very much, dear? Sveika gyva, sveikas ir…sveika gyva…yeah, I use sveika, yeah, that’s…I use, but not a lot of people to tell the truth, but it’s kind of like a…a bit of a joke. Ahh, a bit of a joke, okay, I like it…yeah, I think it’s cute.
but, maybe you’re healthy but not much alive, this is a bit of a joke
sveikas, bet nelabai gyvas healthy, but not very alive (male)
sveikas gyvas can also be used as a greeting
sveikas gyvas! Hi! (to a male)
if you’re having a bad day, week or month (I hope not years) you could say...
vos gyvas hardly alive (male)
vos is the Lithuanian word for hardly. Okay, so, on the next episode of Lithuanian Out Loud, you will be listening to Lithuanian Out Loud…enjoy, have fun. On the next episode of Lithuanian Out Loud, we’ll go over some new ways to say goodbye! Congratulations for getting through another lesson. Šaunuoliai – Congratulations!
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Oneness City online interactive Lithuanian lessons from Vilnius University
Thanks to CCMixter.org, Ditto Ditto and Vieux Farka Toure for the podcast music.
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I’m Jack and I’ve never met a Lithuanian I didn’t like. Viso gero! Sudie!
When I first began listening to this episode, I thought you had made a mistake. It was as if you had a raw recording that you forgot to edit and clip out the slips of the tongue and stream-of-thought reaction comments. When it happened again, I learned that you were trying to get away from being an official, textbook-like teacher and have more of a conversation. I like it and I hope you keep it up.