Sat, 8 November 2008
Miesteliuose In The Towns
Hi there, I’m Jack and I’m Raminta and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where we offer the world the Lithuanian language. In Latin novem is the word for nine. Today we’re in a new month! In the old Roman calender November was the ninth month. In Lithuanian this month is lapkritis – derived from lapas, the word for leaf and kristi, to fall. Lapkritis is leaf falling month.
Photograph: Birches in winter
According to Wikipedia, in Lithuania trees of special significance include oak (ąžuolas), birch (beržas), linden (liepa), and spruce (eglė). A veneration of oak trees comes from pre-Christian times, when they were of religious significance. An ancient oak tree in Stelmužė, thought to be at least 1,500 years old, is the best-known tree in the country.
So far you’ve been introduced to the accusative singular and plural and the genitive singular and plural. The locative singular for example,
I’m in Vilnius aš esu Vilniuje
Masculine nouns that end in –as change to –e in the locative singular. For example, the city – miestas, in the city – mieste.
In the plural locative the ending changes to –uose. In the city – mieste, in the cities – miestuose.
Here are the masculine endings for the plural locative:
-as changes to –uose
vocabulary – žodynas
a park parkas
birds are in the park paukščiai yra parke
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