Wed, 2 July 2008
Hi there, this is Jack and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud. Well, we made it, here we are at episode 100! Did you ever think it would happen? We certainly had our doubts. It’s been so difficult for us to keep these programs coming that many times during the series we almost stopped. As a matter of fact, twice, I’d decided it was too much and I thought we were finished. It’s just such a big job, creating episodes on paper, writing them out, typing them up, rewriting them, retyping them, then finding time to record the episodes, tossing out entire recordings that were too poor to air, editing the recordings, cleaning up audio, moving sound bites around so it all makes sense, adding music, loading it up onto the internet with text and photos. It’s such a big time consumer.
So, wonder why we do it all for free? Two major reasons, one, we started the series as a tool for me to learn Lithuanian – and I still need to learn it. The second reason is our community of listeners and all of your comments, plugs, emails, and new listeners joining the community every day. We’ve had over 120,000 total downloads and we are breaking 1,500 downloads a day. What can we say? You guys are super. You are one of the major reasons why we continue. Without you, Lithuanian Out Loud wouldn’t exist. We know you depend on us and so we feel a responsibility to keep the episodes coming. How could we possibly leave you hanging? Thanks for being there for us.
So, I’d like to thank all of you for listening and for spending time with us. Above all, I want to thank the most perfect, the most intelligent, the most beautiful, engaging, interesting, the greatest woman I’ve ever met in my life, my wife Raminta. Thank you honey, you leave me breathless.
Now, here’s another street recording asking passers-by about Lithuania. My apologies for the way this one was recorded. When I found out both guys here were from Spanish speaking countries I couldn’t help myself and I started to speak Spanish. Later, I regretted doing that since most of our community probably doesn’t speak Spanish. But, if you listen closely you’ll be able to make out these guys know the answers to all three questions. Where is Lithuania? What language do they speak there? What is the capital city?
Great! Now, on with episode number 100 which Raminta and I recorded a few weeks ago. This episode covers the verbs gyventi and negyventi and it will be the pattern we’ll follow for future verb introductions. From here on out we’ll introduce a new verb, we’ll conjugate the verb, do many examples of the verb in sentences and we’ll negate this verb with examples. Then at the end we’ll go over the imperative that we introduced in episode 99. Now, let’s get started on the next 100 episodes and please, if you can, leave us a review on our iTunes page, we still don’t have 50 yet! Enjoy!
Hi there, I’m Jack and I’m Raminta and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where we offer the world the Lithuanian language.
According to Wikipedia, the Geographical Center of Europe monument is located in Lithuania. After an estimation of the boundaries of the continent of Europe in 1989 the French National Geographic Institute determined that the Geographic Center of Europe is located 26 kilometers north of its capital city, Vilnius, near the village of Purnuškės. A monument, composed by the sculptor Gediminas Jokūbonis and consisting of a column of white granite surmounted by a crown of stars, was erected at the location in 2004. This location is the only one listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the geographical center of Europe. 17 km away lies Europos Parkas, Open Air Museum of the Center of Europe, a sculpture park containing the world's largest sculpture made of TV sets, now partially collapsed.
pradėkime, let’s get started
Today we’ll go over the verb gyventi – to live. In episodes 0008 through 0013 we went over some uses of gyventi. Let’s dig into it some more, here are gyventi and negyventi conjugated in the present tense.
to live gyventi
So, somebody can say, kodėl? – you can say, todėl!
to pass, to spend praleisti
miestelis, it’s like a small town? Yes, like Papilė.
dormitory (dorm) bendrabutis
okay, now let’s use these verbs in some examples
examples - pavyzdžiai
jie (m/m or m/f group)
jos (female group only)
and finally here are gyventi and negyventi using the imperative:
Puiku! Excellent! You made it to the end of another episode! Puiku!
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.
Geographical centre of Europe
Labas ;-), well, i was mailing already with jack and now i wanna also give you big credit on your blog-page: Its really amazing work!! I love to study lithuanian!!! I am married with a lithuanian girl and she also has fun when i come up now every day with some new words :-). Well, i am just thinking about some meeting by skype or s.th. i didn´t read all comments - so maybe you are already practice some audio-meetings where \"students\" can talk to each other and for sure also to you, Jack and Raminta. i can imagine that it might be funny and a nice \"add-on\". and dont stop your work :-). Ate Ingo
Hey Jack, the trip is great and the weather has actually been FANTASTIC. OK, hot today, but otherwise wonderful. It\'s rained off and not, but not 24-hours a day like it did when I was in Vilnius last July. I\'ve been posting a bit about my trip on my personal blog here: http://sheeptoshawl.com/blog/ I plan to post more tomorrow with more photos. Sorry I haven\'t had time to post any reports here. Studijuoju, studijuoju, studijuoju!
Hi Jack and Raminta, I read an article in delfi.lt about your lessons and came here to listen up :) It\'s great! It seems, you are having fun! :) Just one small thing - John, you were right about the articulation of \"jei\". Raminta pronounced it like \"jai\", which means \"for her\", but not \"if\". But a lot of Lithuanians are doing this mistake, so the Lithuanian speaking people will certainly understand you in the context :) Good luck in everyhting you do, guys ;) Sėkmės jums :)
Hello, Jack and Raminta! I am lithuanian and i live in Ireland. I have few irish friends, who wants to learn lithuanian, so I\'m sure they will love your lessons!!! And you really are awesom! I cant believe, that you, Jack, an american, love Lithuania and it\'s culture more than some lithuanians! It\'s amazing!!!
Hi, guys, YOU ARE AWESOME. How i found out about you: today it was published on delfi.lt, which is the most popular news portal. About me: i live in Chicago, and i am married to american girl. For the fact she\'s also have a big desire to learn lithianian language. Most of our friends are lithuanian so she\'s trying to learn but these lessons will be a treasure. Jack & Raminta, you guys are doing an unbelievable work. Thanks a lot. If i could help somehow, it would be my pleasure, especially if somebody comes to chicago, there is a nice lithuanian restaurant and other things to do. I am excited that i found you guys.
Hi Jack, very interesting interview, although I could only understand parts of it. Quit acting like you are such a beginner in Lithuanian. :-) I am here in Lithuania taking language classes at Vilnius University and I had coffee with Raminta last week. I hope we can meet again and make a recording for the podcast before I leave Vilnius at the end of July.