Sat, 6 September 2008
Hi there! This is Jack and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud! Before we start today’s episode, Agnė iš Vilniaus has something special for us.
Agnė reminded me that in Lithuanian Out Loud episode 51 a song jumped from the lips of Margarita. This song is "Lietuva", and the music was writen by Galina Savinienė. The words were written by Justinas Marcinkevičius a well-known Lithuanian poet. Agnė says this song is usually sung in Lithuanian Song Festivals.
Thanks Agnė for this fabulous recording! Spectacular! How about a round of applause for Agnė? Woohoo! One last thing before we get going. A listener named Jim is inviting listeners to join his Lithuanian practice chat room on Skype at captainjim04. We’ll post his Skype name on this episode’s blog page entry. Now, on with today’s episode! Take it away, Agnė!
Tai gražiai, gražiai mane augino So beautifully, beautifully I was raised by
Tai gražiai, gražiai lingavo girios, So beautifully, beautifully forests were swinging
Tai gražiai, gražiai skambėjo žodžiai: So beautifully the words sounded:
Hi there, I’m Jack and I’m Raminta and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where we offer the world the Lithuanian language – and we’re excited about it too!
Today we’re in a new month! In Latin September means seven and septimus means seventh. In Lithuanian this month is rugsėjis. In this month we add the prefix sėti – to sow. This time of year the grain is sown, germinates and overwinters in the field.
Acording to Wikipedia, the white stork (gandras) is usually felt to be the national bird of Lithuania. Lithuanians believe that storks bring harmony to the families on whose property they nest; they have also kept up the tradition of telling their children that storks bring babies.
Were you told that? Yeah
Stork Day is celebrated on March 25 with various archaic rituals: gifts for children, attributed to the storks, such as fruits, chocolates, pencils, and dyed eggs, are hung on tree branches and fences; snakes are caught, killed and buried under the doorstep; straw fires are lit. Lithuania is a beneficial and important habitat for these birds: it has the highest known nesting density in the world.
Stork Day, do you celebrate Stork Day, Dear? No, I don’t.
The primary focus of this episode is to cover some unusual nouns that don’t follow the normal rules when they are declined.
This episode will focus on just three words. All three are feminine.
vocabulary – žodynas
let’s begin by using these three words in the nominative case or vardininkas
the woman lives in Lithuania moteris gyvena Lietuvoje
and now the plural nominative
the women live in Vilnius moterys gyvena Vilniuje
the singular genitive
the woman’s name is Sonata moters vardas yra Sonata
the plural genitive
the womens’ family is here moterų šeima yra čia
in the accusative singular we decline these words like this
moteris changes to moterį
Valdas has a woman Valdas turi moterį
in the accusative plural we decline these words like this
women changes to moteris
I look at the women žiūriu į moteris
we’ll go over the verb žiūrėti – to look at, soon.
I have a daughter aš turiu dukterį
here are some miscellaneous examples:
the auto killed the woman automobilis užmušė moterį
Šaunu! Great! You made it to the end of another episode! Puiku! Excellent!
Symbols of Lithuania
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