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Lithuanian Out Loud is a podcast series designed for fans of the Lithuanian language. Come along with native Lithuanian author/lawyer Raminta and her North-American husband, Jack. They'll teach you Lithuanian along with tidbits about the history and culture of Raminta's homeland - Lietuva!

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Oct 9, 2010

LL0252 – Vilius Nėra Vilius Is Not Here

 

Hi there, I’m Jack and I’m Gintarė and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where we offer the world the Lithuanian language.

 

According to the latest estimates there are about three and a half million people in Lithuania today.  By 2025 the population is expected to decrease to three million three hundred thousand.  By 2050 Lithuania is projected to have only two million seven hundred thousand.  Wow.

 

Sixty-seven percent of the population lives in cities.  The ethnic groups of Lithuania are broken down like this; 80% Lithuanian, 8% Russian, 8% Polish, 2% Belarussian, 1% Ukranian and 1% “other.”

 

When I text Raminta on Skype at a friend’s house I’ll occasionally get a message that says, Ramintos nėra.  When you want to say someone or something is not at home, not in the hotel, not in the restaurant, not at work, etectera, you have to use the genitive case or kilmininkas.

 

here are some examples;

 

he is at home

jis yra namie

 

she is at home

ji yra namie

 

he is not at home

jo nėra namie

 

he is not at home

jo nėra namuose

 

she is not at home

jos nėra namie

 

she is not at home

jos nėra namuose

 

Raminta is at home

Raminta yra namie

 

Raminta is not at home

Ramintos nėra namie

 

is Raminta at home?

ar Raminta namie?

 

Raminta is not 

Ramintos nėra

 

is Naras at home?

ar Naras namie?

 

Naras is not at home

Naro nėra

 

is Ingrida at home?

ar Ingrida namie?

 

Ingrida is not

Ingridos nėra

 

in the hotels there are no elevators

viešbučiuose nėra liftų

 

in the hotel there are no available rooms

viešbutyje nėra laisvų kambarių

 

is there coffee here?

ar čia yra kavos?

 

there is no coffee

kavos nėra

 

is there food here?

ar čia yra maisto?

 

there is no food

maisto nėra

 

is there milk here?

ar čia yra pieno?

 

there is no milk

pieno nėra

 

there is no hot coffee!

karštos kavos nėra!

 

there is no beer in heaven

alaus danguje nėra

 

there is no hot water

nėra karšto vandens

 

Šaunuoliai!!  Great!  You made it to the end of another episode!  Puiku!  Excellent!