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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!