Sun, 28 September 2008
Hi there, I’m Jack and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud. Just a quick note before we get started, Agnė iš Vilniaus has honored us with another excellent contribution. This is probably the best work she’s ever done on this podcast. Thanks for all your hard work Agnė!
Also, I did the math and in 13 months we’ve done over nine episodes of Lithuanian Out Loud a month. Most of the time I’m trying to put out three or four a week, but I rarely have that much time. For the next few months we need to cut way back on our frequency. It’s just that we both have many other projects that have been neglected and we need to put some time into them.
But, don’t worry, we’re still working on dozens of episodes on paper and we have about 15 recorded. So, we aren’t quitting, we just need to free up some time for other things. We’re not going to stop, we’re just going to slow down the pace a bit. Once these other projects have been tended to, we’ll try to put out dozens of new episodes for you. Alright, on with the show and here’s Agnė. Take it away, Agnė!
Hi, I am Agnė, and welcome back for some more Lithuanian phrases. If you remember, the last few times I taught you some phrases for angry and awful things. So it is time to learn some nicer expressions :)
If you want to compliment someone for something which is beautiful or nice, you could say: gražus kaip reta... or graži kaip reta... literally; rare beauty.
Let's learn some words:
Let's repeat one time slowly:
Now let's go over some examples:
Ta mergina graži kaip lėlė - That lady is as beautiful as a doll
These two examples could be used sarcastically, so be careful.
But, if you want to use a diminutive form, it could sound like a compliment.
Tavo dukrelė graži kaip lėlytė - Your little daughter is as beautiful as a little doll
Knygos viršelis gražus kaip reta - the bookcover is of a rare beauty
As the word order in the Lithuanian language is not important, you could also say it like this:
It just depends on what you want to emphasize more. It will also go together with your intonation, so you can play with it and enjoy :)
See you next time! Make your day of a rare beauty!
According to Wikipedia, the Lithuanian national plant is rue (rūta). A bride traditionally wears a little crown made of rue, which is a symbol of her life as an unmarried young woman. During the wedding the crown is burned, symbolizing the loss of careless childhood and entrance into the world of adulthood.
Today we’ll go over the Lithuanian verb žiūrėti – to look, to look at, to watch, to stare at, to gaze at. Some related words are;
Here are žiūrėti and nežiūrėti conjugated in the present tense;
to look at žiūrėti
to not look at nežiūrėti
here are some examples using the infinitive of the verb
I wan’t to watch the film aš noriu žiūrėti filmą
jūs (plural as in you all)
(let’s go outside! – einame į lauką! - Raminta says this to her dog,
you often look at the door jūs dažnai žiūrite į duris
jie (m/m or m/f group)
look what she’s doing! žiūrėk, ką ji daro!
Šaunu! Great! You made it to the end of another episode! Puiku! Excellent!
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.
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