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Dec 28, 2012

LL0275 – Mokėti To Know How 



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


In a previous episode we described the knygnešiai, the Lithuanian book smugglers.


In 1905 Russian authorities recognized the book ban policy was a failure and repealed the anti-Lithuanian language laws.  Shortly after, one of the book smugglers Juozas Masiulis opened his own bookstore in Panevėžys.


The bookstore and a chain of these bookstores still operate in Lithuania under his name. In Kaunas there is a statue dedicated to “the unknown book smuggler.”


Knygnešiai, or booksmuggler, Jurgis Bielinis was born 16 March 1846. This date is commemorated in Lithuania as the “Day of the Knygnešiai.”


Today we’ll go over the Lithuanian verb mokėti – to know how, to be able.  Here are mokėti and nemokėti conjugated in the present tense.


to know how 



to be able 



I know how 

aš moku


you know how (tu) 

tu moki


he knows how 

jis moka


she knows how 

ji moka


we know how 

mes mokame


you know how (formal) 

jūs mokate


you all know how 

jūs mokate


they know how (mm/mf) 

jie moka


they know how (ff) 

jos moka


to not know how, to not be able 



I do not know how 

aš nemoku


you do not know how (tu) 

tu nemoki


he does not know how 

jis nemoka


she does not know how 

ji nemoka


we do not know how 

mes nemokame


you do not know how (formal) 

jūs nemokate


you all do not know how 

jūs nemokate


they do not know how (mm/mf) 

jie nemoka


they do not know how (ff) 

jos nemoka


here are some examples;


I need to know the Lithuanian language like you know it

man reikia mokėti lietuvių kalbą taip kaip tu moki



to ski 



to kill 



I know how to ski 

aš moku slidinėti


I know how to kill 

moku užmušti


I know how to dance 

moku šokti


I don’t know how to ski 

aš nemoku slidinėti


I don’t know how to kill 

nemoku užmušti




to pick mushrooms 



do you know how to pick mushrooms? 

ar moki grybauti?


do you know how to speak Lithuanian? 

ar moki kalbėti lietuviškai?


do you know how to read? 

ar moki skaityti?


you don’t know how to pick mushrooms? 

nemoki grybauti?


you don’t know how to speak Lithuanian? 

nemoki kalbėti lietuviškai?


you don’t know how to read? 

nemoki skaityti?




Algimantas knows how to write Lithuanian 

Algimantas moka rašyti lietuviškai


Simonas knows how to draw 

Simonas moka piešti


does Giedrius know English? 

ar Giedrius moka angliškai?


Algimantas doesn’t know how to write 

Algimantas nemoka rašyti


Simonas doesn’t know how to draw 

Simonas nemoka piešti


does Giedrius not know English? 

ar Giedrius nemoka angliškai?




does Birutė know Russian? 

ar Birutė moka rusiškai?


does Diana know Arabic? 

ar Diana moka arabiškai?


does Urtė know how to repair bicycles? 

ar Urtė moka taisyti dviračius? 


Birutė doesn’t know how to walk 

Birutė nemoka vaikščioti


Diana doesn’t know how to talk 

Diana nemoka kalbėti


Urtė doesn’t know how to repair bicycles 

Urtė nemoka taisyti dviračių




we know Lithuanian 

mokame lietuviškai


we know English 

mokame angliškai


we know Russian 

mokame rusiškai


we know how to sing and dance 

mokame dainuoti ir šokti


father and I know how to prepare tea 

tėvas ir aš mokame paruošti arbatą


we don't know Lithuanian 

nemokame lietuviškai


we don't know English 

nemokame angliškai


we don't know Russian 

nemokame rusiškai




I want to ask, do you know how to write well? 

noriu paklausti, ar jūs mokate gerai rašyti?


do you know how to say, "no?" 

ar mokate pasakyti "ne"?


do you know how to work with a computer? 

ar jūs mokate dirbti su kompiuteriu? 


do you know how to work with this program? 

ar jūs mokate dirbti šia programa?







do you all know how to play the violin? 

ar mokate groti smuiku?


it seems to me you all know how to play guitar 

man atrodo kad jūs mokate groti gitara


do you all know how to write in Lithuanian? 

ar mokate rašyti lietuviškai?


do you all know how to brush your teeth? 

ar mokate valyti dantis?


if you all don't know, look at this guide 

jei nemokate, pasižiurėkite į šį gidą




they know how to be happy 

jie moka būti laimingi


they know how to be cheerful 

jie moka būti linksmi


they know how to be good 

jie moka būti geri


they know how to feel happy 

jie moka jaustis laimingi


to show               



that (conjunction) 



The Hungarians showed that they know how to farm 

Vengrai parodė, jog jie moka ūkininkauti


they don’t know how to be happy 

jie nemoka būti laimingi


they don’t know how to be polite 

jie nemoka būti mandagūs


they don’t know how to be good 

jie nemoka būti geri




I like that they know what they are doing 

man patinka, kad jos moka tai ką daro


they know how to do the show      

jos moka padaryti šou


they don't know French, but they understand a little 

jos nemoka prancūziškai, bet truputį supranta


a soul 






machines don't have souls, they don't know how to feel 

mašinos neturi sielų, jos nemoka jausti






















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