Tue, 18 March 2008
Today we‘ve got a mini-lesson on a simple subject. First, however, I have a question for you. Last year we stopped producing the Exam Episodes. We were afraid we might be boring people with them. Steve in the United States wrote in saying he really liked them because they got straight to business. He‘s got a point, the exam episodes had no history or culture lessons and banter going on.
Well, we hope you enjoy today‘s episode. This is the first time Raminta and I had a few moments to spare and we whipped out an episode without a script of any kind. This one is just off the top of Raminta‘s head.
Kas is a question word that means who or what. Kas yra? What is? Kas yra? Who is?
In episode 0052 we introduced the word, tai. The word “tai” translates as, this, that, these, or those.
What is this? Kas tai yra?
Aha, so it would be normal to say, kas yra jis instead of kas jis yra, what would be more common?
Aha, and of course you can say, kas jis.
Who is he? Kas jis?
And then kas tai, you can say this right? Kas tai?
What is that? Kas tai?
A good question. To be or not to be.
Būti ar nebūti – štai klausimas kamuoja
Who am I? Kas esu aš?
And you could also say just, kas esu.
Who am I? Kas esu?
Is this a little rude maybe?
Who are you? Kas tu esi?
Aha, so, maybe, you tell me, kas jūs esate, kas jūs, which would be more polite?
So, what would be more common – that you would hear on the street?
What’s up, what’s wrong, like, kas yra?
What’s wrong? Kas yra?
So, when would you say, kas yra?
What’s new? Kas naujo?
So, it’s naujo not naujo?
What’s new? Kas naujo?
(note: Some regions of Lithuania have different accents. In Vilnius “naujo” would end in an “o” sound similar to the English “go.” In other regions the “o” would sound more like the English letter “a” as in “ya” – “good to know ya”)
Who is Raminta? Kas yra Raminta?
Would you ever use this word, kas, like this, just kas?
Now an important point. When you use the question word kas, you’re using the vardininkas version of this word. So the answer must also be in vardininkas.
Short lesson, nicely done, good job. Šaunu, great, sveikinu!
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I’m Jack and I’ve never met a Lithuanian I didn’t like. Viso gero! Sudie!
Hi! I know I\'m a year behind (making good progress though), but just want to say that I really like the Exam episodes. I write them down in a little book which I bring with me everywhere! A tip! In ITunes, you can go to \"show info\" of each episode and manually set a start time. I love the Lithuanian culture lessons, but they are a lot easier to remember then the lessons that follow! After hearing through the podcast, I always set new start time equal to where the hard part begins!, That makes it much easier repeating the episodes on my Ipod (which is about to be upgraded into Touch because that would make it easier to read the texts - who said learning Lithuanian was free, huh ;-) ? ) because I don’t have to forward every time. Anyway; remember also to remove the \"remember play position” (or something like that – my ITunes language is Norwegian). Thanks for a great show! I got some of my Lithuanian friends on Facebook, and already I can translate some of the messages that they post on each others walls! Learning how to decline have made the kalbu zodynas useful for the first time!! Aciu ir iki! Thomas Norway
labas Jack and Raminta, I miss the exams and was bummed when they stopped. I found them great for testing my self and keeping it fresh in my mind. I recorded just the exams on a cd for my truck and would listen to them on the way back and to work. I think they would really be helpful now with all the 60 recordings you have, they would make for a great refresher course. I also had printed out the exams for a quick reference when I was e-mailing all my friends in Lithuania. I just want to add that I love your show and I have my Mom hooked now too. Thanks for the great work guys. Geros dienos! Iki, Jim
Hey Jack & Raminta! Yeah thats funny because last night I was like \"You know they stopped doing exams...\" Weird. I enjoyed the exams because they were a way to reinforce my learning. Besides, I dont always have Zilvinas here to help me with it @.@ So It was fun because for me it was a test I could do when he was gone ^^ Awright, well regardless of what you guys do, I\'ll still be learning, right? ^^ ~Amber
Thank you for doing this. My sister just found relatives in Lithuania and we\'re visiting for a family reunion. I hope to learn a little bit when we visit in May 2008. Fortunately we have hired a translater. Also thanks for the cultural information in each lesson