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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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Music: Vieux Farka Toure - Ana {Pocket Remix} by pocketproductions (c) copyright 2007 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/pocketproductions/8916 Ft: Pocket (Richard Jankovich)

Oct 31, 2007

Just how similar are the Baltic States to one another?  Not as much as one might think.
The Baltic States are Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.  For starters all three speak different languages and they can’t understand each other.  The Latvian and Lithuanian languages were the same language many hundreds of years ago,...


Oct 31, 2007

According to Wikipedia, in the ancient Lithuanian religion, PerkÅ«nas is the Lithuanian God of thunder, the God of the sky, the Lord of rain, mountains, oak trees and storms.  Quite a powerful god indeed.
In songs about a “heavenly wedding" Saulė (the Sun) cheats on Perkūnas with Mėnulis (the Moon); Perkūnas...


Oct 25, 2007

Have you ever looked at the ten litas or deÅ¡imt litų bank note, seen the pilots and the airplane and wondered what it’s all about?  The pilots are Lithuanian national heroes (Steponas Darius and Stasys Girenas).  They were Lithuanian emigrants to the United States and on 15 July 1933 they flew across the...


Oct 23, 2007

Hey Everybody!  We'd love to have everyone join the party at Lithuanian Out Loud.  Check out our newest comment on the blogpage.  Now, don't be shy, we'd be thrilled to hear from you! 

Oho! Approximately every fifth lesson will be a quick response lesson.  We’ll say the word or phrase in English and you say it in...


Oct 20, 2007

In 2003, in front of international reporters, a Lithuanian ex-President said that he was as calm as a Belgian.  This caused quite a stir in Belgium.  This is a common saying in Lithuania but Belgians had no idea another nation thought of them as being calm.  What did they do to deserve this recognition for calmness? ...