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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!

Music: Vieux Farka Toure - Ana {Pocket Remix} by pocketproductions (c) copyright 2007 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial license. Ft: Pocket (Richard Jankovich)


Jul 23, 2012

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


Every summer the port city of Klaipėda holds Jūros šventė - The Sea's Festival.  Šventė is the Lithuanian word for holiday, feast, or festival.  Jūra is the word for the sea.


According to the webpage Kadmusarts, the Sea Festival invites the locals and city guests to enjoy more than 100 events, in which over 600 singers and bands are involved.


Something I’ve found difficult to understand is the word namas and its relatives.


Today we’ll take a few minutes to go over namas, namo, namo, namai, namuose, namie, namų, namui, namams, namą, name!


namas is the word for a house

here is namas in vardininkas, singular


I like this house very much

šitas namas man labai patinka


our house is in Vilnius

mūsų namas yra Vilniuje


here is my house

čia yra mano namas


the house was big

namas buvo didelis


the house is not old

namas nėra senas


he is as big as a house

jis yra didelis kaip namas


she is as big as a house 

ji yra didelė kaip namas


a children's home

vaikų namas


namai is namas declined in vardininkas, plural

namai can translate as either houses or home


namai – houses

namai – home


first, let's use namai as in houses





houses on the riverside

namai prie paupio


the yellow houses

geltoni namai


the houses are expensive

namai yra brangūs


now, let's use namai meaning home


my home is in Vilnius

mano namai yra Vilniuje


your home is cozy

tavo namai yra jaukūs


I like your home

man patinka jūsų namai


context is important here

some of these sentences could mean either home or houses




is the word that expresses “to home or homewards“ and expresses movement


to accompany



to return



to come back



to go on foot

eiti pėsčiomis


I go home

einu namo


I will go home

eisiu namo


I will accompany you home

aš lydžiu tave namo


I go home at night

einu naktį namo


I said, I'm returning home

sakau, aš namo sugrįžau


I'm going back home (I came home)

aš grįžau namo


I'm going home from work

einu namo iš darbo


I went home on foot

grįžau pėsčiomis namo


who is going home?

kas eina namo?


now go home and talk to your husband

dabar eik namo ir pakalbėk su savo vyru


I want to go home!

noriu namo!


(note: at the time of this recording, Gintarė was planning a trip home to Lithuania and she was very excited to get going)


Nežinau kodėl...ah, your will be a party every day I hum...yeah, it’s gonna be great!


namo is the singular genitive of namas and it expresses possession...sweet!


the house's location

namo vieta


the house's color

namo spalva


the house's price

namo kaina


the house's size

namo dydis


the house's appearance

namo pasirodymas


the house's garage

namo garažas


the house's doors

namo durys




is the plural genitive of namas and it expresses possession


many houses

daug namų


several houses

keletas namų


the houses' location or the location of 

more than one house


namų vieta

the houses' color or the color of more


than one house

namų spalva


in the following examples we're staying with the plural genitive, namų, but keep in mind that the plural vardininkas of namas is namai


namai can mean houses or it can mean home


so, if we decline namai, home, in the genitive, we get namų


house arrest 

namų areštas


home page

namų puslapis


a housekeeper

namų šeiminkinkė


I'm calling from a home telephone

aš skambinu iš namų telefono


he often ran from home

labai dažnai bėgdavo iš namų


This week is house-keeping week.


In Lietuva?


No, in America! Because in the hotel we celebrate house-keeping week and I win prize, one day “I don’t have to go to work - for me - paid.


Congratulations! That’s nice!




That’s a good prize. Wow. Prašom...


namie - at home; means the same as namuose


namie is the locative case


are they at home?

ar jie namie?


are they at home?

ar jos namie?


are you at home?

ar tu namie?


no, I don’t eat at home

ne, namie nevalgau 


stay at home until I return with Eglė

būkite namie kol grįšiu su Egle


on weekends he sits at home

savaitgaliais sėdi namie


is she at home?

ar ji namie?


she is not


jos nėra


is he at home?

ar jis namie?


he is not

jo nėra


is Raminta in?

ar Raminta namie?


Raminta is not

Ramintos nėra


is Mindaugas at home?

ar Mindaugas namie?


Mindaugas is not

Mindaugo nėra


is Austėja in?

ar Austėja namie?


Austėja is not

Austėjos nėra


is Justinas at home?

ar Justinas namie?


Justinas is not

Justino nėra


Rimantas works at home

Rimantas dirba namie


Audronė works at home

Audronė dirba namie


Valentina works at home

Valentina dirba namie


Justas works at home

Justas dirba namie


do you keep your dog at home?

ar laikote namie šunį?


if you’re at home we can talk

jei esate namie galime pakalbėti


at home we have a family member

namie turime šeimos narį


namuose - at home; means the same as namie


do you have a computer at home?

turite kompiuterį namuose?


Lina has one dog at home, called Filas

Lina namuose turi vieną šunį, vardu Filas


make yourself at home!

jauskis kaip namuose!


nowadays Antanas lives at home

šiuo metu Antanas gyvena namuose


you can make yourself at home

galite laikyti namuose


are there animals at home?

ar gyvūnai namuose?




in the house / in a house


he lives in her house

jis gyvena jos name


Eglė lives in this house

Eglė gyvena šiame name


nobody lives in the house

niekas negyvena name 


it's immediately clear who lives in this house

iš karto aišku, kas šiame name gyvena


the Brazilian lives in the red house  

Brazilas gyvena raudoname name


the Lithuanians work in the house   

Lietuviai dirba name


namą is the accusative singular of namas




go to your house

eik į savo namą


the driver went to the house

vairuotojas nuėjo į namą


I want to sell my house

noriu pirkti savo namą


I'm planning to buy a house 

planuoju pirkti namą


I'm planning to paint my house

planuoju dažyti savo namą


let's go to the new house

važuokime į naują namą


I love the house

aš myliu namą


I love the yellow house

aš myliu geltoną namą


I love the blue house

aš myliu mėlyną namą


I love the red house

aš myliu raudoną namą


I love the white house

aš myliu baltą namą


the nominative singular of house is namas, the nominative plural is namai

so, if the word for home, namai is declined in the accusative, it changes to namus




go to your home!

eik į savo namus!


go home, okay?

eik į namus, gerai?


I'll go home

aš eisiu į namus


time to go!

kelkis ir eik!


get up and go!

kelkis ir eik!


time for you to go home

kelkis ir eik į savo namus


I'll go home with you

eisiu pas tave į namus


I'll go straight home

eisiu tiesiai į namus


home flower delivery in Vilnius

gėlių pristatymas į namus Vilniuje


nothing is better than home

nieko nėra geriau už namus


namu is the singular instrumental of namas


under the house is a large basement (cellar)

po namu yra didelis rūsys


under the house is a huge garage    

po namu yra didžiulis garažas 


I have not only a garage under the house, but parking on the street

turiu ne tik garažą po namu, bet ir parkingą gatvėje


namais is the plural instrumental of namas


Lietuva has become my second home, here I feel very well

Lietuva tapo mano antraisiais namais, čia jaučiuosi labai gerai


a fan (as in a football fan)

aistruolis / aistruolė


The Vilnius Town Hall Square has become the home for football fans

Vilniaus Rotušės aikštė tampa futbolo aistruolių namais


here is Vitalija’a photo with her house

čia Vitalijos nuotrauka su jos namais


here is the dative case or naudininkas singular and plural


singular - namui


a roof                    



the house needs a new roof      

namui reikia naujo stogo


to heat / to warm        



how much energy does a house need to be heated?

kiek energijos reikia namui šildyti?





to insulate



how much material does a house need to be insulated?

kiek medžiagos reikia namui apšiltinti


plural - namams


everything for your home!

viskas jūsų namams


a piece of furniture



furniture (plural)



an office 



furniture and chairs for the home or office

baldai ir kėdės namams arba biurams


a boiler                     



a heater



a radiator



biolers, heaters, and radiators for your home 

katilai, šildytuvai, ir radiatoriai jūsų namams


a small house or a cottage would be called namelis


a cabin, a cottage



a house on wheels

namelis ant ratų


a tree house

namelis medyje


in the city center stands an old cottage

miestelio centre stovi senas namelis


the cottage is built from oak  

namelis pastatytas iš ąžuolo


in the small house     



who lives in the small house?

kas namelyje gyvena?


I live in a small house in the suburbs

aš gyvenu namelyje priemiestyje


and finally, some miscellaneous examples


a stay-at-home



members of the household

namiškis / namiškė / namiškai


a house or home



a cabana




namų darbo



namie austas


a domestic animal

naminis gyvulys


a lodge, cabin, or cottage



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


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