Tue, 11 March 2008
Okay, well, we’ve got a lot to do so we should get started. Okay, no blah, blah, blah, blah. Hi there, I’m Jack and I’m Raminta and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where we offer the world the Lithuanian language. We’re not teachers, but we do the best we can.
Do remember the word for the month of March in Lithuanian? …kovas.
How cute! Do you like this little bird kovas? Oh, I love kovas, I’m waiting for kovas so bad in Lithuania.
According to the Wikipedia page entitled, The Hill of Witches or Raganų Kalnas is an outdoor sculpture gallery in Juodkrantė, Lithuania. The Hill of Witches is on a forested sand dune on the Curonian Spit near the town of Neringa. On the hill you can find about 80 wood sculptures and a series of trails. The artists are following a tradition of woodcarving from the Samogitian culture. The artwork depicts characters from Lithuanian folklore and the traditional Lithuanian religion. This is a must-see part of Lithuania and admission is free. We’ll paste a link to a photo gallery of the artwork on the Lithuanian Out Loud blogpage.
Very nice. On this episode we’re going to work on the sounds of letters. In episode 0050 we introduced the accusative case or galininkas. Some listeners have been asking us to clarify the sounds of letters that are associated with nosinė. These are the letters that have a little tail on them and they have a long sound. What does nosinė mean? Well, I read somewhere that it means, nasal but I can’t find the reference. Nosinė also translates as handkerchief. Let’s focus on the difference in sound between nosinė and non-nosinė letters…
So, again here is the accusative case. Words with vardininkas endings change to galininkas endings.
-a changes to –ą nosinė
Now, here are the sounds one last time
We hope that helps clear it up a bit for you.
Here are some more sounds. Don’t worry too much about learning all these new words. All we want you to learn here are the new Lithuanian vocal sounds. The combination of the letters, c, and, h, makes a sound like, ch. Here are some examples…
to jingle džerškėti
Kaip aš (like me), Oh sorry!
a piece of dry bread džiuvėsis
Don’t worry too much about learning all these words, we just want you to be familiar with these Lithuanian sounds.
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The Hill of Witches or Raganų Kalnas
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\"nosinė\" means nasal - from word \"nosis\" - nose, because these letters came from ancient language form, in which Lithuanian words had \"an\" instead of ą, \"en\" instead of ę, etc., so these sounds were pronounced like nasal sounds, but in a time they were transformed just into long letters, but the name remained :)