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Sep 3, 2013

LL0282 – Gyvuoti To Exist


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 website, some Russians are going into Russian stores and putting stickers of swastikas on Lithuanian products.  The Russian government says this has happened, but is not widespread.  Shop owners remove the products from the shelves since not many people want to buy a product with a swastika attached.


Russian groups are placing the stickers on products because a Klaipėda District Court dropped charges against four youths who were arrested for displaying swastika placards. 


The youths were able to prove to the court that the swastika was a common symbol in ancient Lithuania, displayed on rings, bracelets and personal jewelry.




Today we’ll go over the Lithuanian verb gyvuoti – to be, to survive, to fare, to exist, or to live.


I want to give you a little warning before we go any further. The Lithuanian verb gyvuoti can be replaced in many situations with other verbs such as gyventi, egzistuoti, būti, išgyventi and others. When I first started putting together examples for this episode I wrote them all down. One by one almost all my examples were deleted by native Lithuanian speakers who said the phrases sounded strange and a different verb should be used. But, the purpose of this episode is to introduce you to gyvuoti, not the other verbs.


For example, keep in mind when we use the English verb “to survive” on this episode many other Lithuanian verbs might be more commonly used depending on the situation. But, again the focus of this episode is gyvuoti. Hopefully on future episodes we’ll be able to go over other verbs which can be substituted for gyvuoti.


So, keeping in mind we’re only focusing on gyvuoti, let’s continue the episode.




Here are gyvuoti and negyvuoti conjugated in the present tense.


to be, to exist        



I exist        

aš gyvuoju


you exist (tu)        

tu gyvuoji


he exists        

jis gyvuoja


she exists        

ji gyvuoja


we exist        

mes gyvuojame


you exist (formal)        

jūs gyvuojate


you all exist        

jūs gyvuojate


they exist (mm/mf)        

jie gyvuoja


they exist (ff)        

jos gyvuoja


to not be, to not exist        



I do not exist        

aš negyvuoju


you do not exist (tu)        

tu negyvuoji


he does not exist        

jis negyvuoja


she does not exist        

ji negyvuoja


we do not exist        

mes negyvuojame


you do not exist (formal)              

jūs negyvuojate


you all do not exist        

jūs negyvuojate


they do not exist (mm/mf)        

jie negyvuoja


they do not exist (ff)        

jos negyvuoja


here are a few examples for you




in the refrigerator, they can survive for many days

šaldytuve jie gali gyvuoti daug dienų


they can exist together

jie gali gyvuoti kartu


passion can survive without love              

aistra gali gyvuoti be meilės


society, public, community  



can society survive without morals?

ar gali gyvuoti visuomenė be moralės?


...that is why the law should not exist

...tai kodėl teisė turėtų negyvuoti 


I’m doing well!

aš gyvuoju gerai!


I'm doing well, and how are you?

aš gyvuoju gerai, o kaip tu?


I'm living better than ever 

aš gyvuoju geriau nei bet kada


I'm not doing bad      

aš gyvuoju neblogai



hi, how are you doing?

sveikas, kaip gyvuoji?


good morning, neighbor, how are you?

laba diena, kaimyne, kaip gyvuoji?


how are you doing today?    

kaip tu šiandien gyvuoji?


out with it, how are you?              

pasakok, kaip gyvuoji?



a fleet



how is the Lithuanian fleet faring? 

kaip gyvuoja Lietuvos laivynas?





is there justice in Lithuania?

ar Lietuvoje gyvuoja teisingumas?


does Lithuanian theater exist in America?

ar lietuviškas teatras gyvuoja Amerikoje?


business, trade, occupation



this business won't last long

šitas verslas ilgai negyvuoja



why does one idea survive, while others die?

kodėl viena idėja gyvuoja, o kita miršta?


a culture exists only in contact with other cultures

kultūra gyvuoja tik bendraudama su kitomis kultūromis


the Lithuanian language survives not only in Lithuania

lietuvių kalba gyvuoja ne tik Lietuvoje


a people, nation, race, nationality



a hero



the nation doesn't exist without its heroes

tauta negyvuoja be savo didvyrių


a heart                        



she exists in our hearts          

ji gyvuoja mūsų širdyse




vis dar


we still exist, and I believe everything will be okay

vis dar gyvuojame ir, manau, kad viskas bus gerai





as you see, we still exist              

kaip matote, dar gyvuojame


we're doing well     

gyvuojame gerai


we get along little by little

gyvuojame po truputį



how are you doing?

kaip gyvuojate?


it's cool to see that you're doing well

smagu matyti kad gyvuojate gerai


I only want to see how you're doing

noriu tik pasižiūrėti, kaip gyvuojate


I'm happy that you are living well

aš laimingas, kad jūs gerai gyvuojate



how is everyone doing?

kaip gyvuojate visi?


friends, how are you getting on?              

bičiuliai, kaip gyvuojate?



for a long time






do dinosaurs still exist?

ar dinozaurai dar gyvuoja?


we cannot know why and how they survive

negalime suprasti kodėl ir kaip jie gyvuoja


they exist in Lithuania    

jie gyvuoja Lietuvoje


they didn't exist for long

jie negyvuoja ilgai



the sun



a spot, a stain



usually, normally



barely, hardly, scarcely



a few, several

keli, kelios


sun spots can be large, but normally they survive scarcely a few days

saulės dėmės gali būti didelės, bet paprastai jos gyvuoja vos kelias dienas


a rose        



a garden



a year



I have several roses in my garden, they exist for several years

aš turiu keletą rožių savo sode, jos gyvuoja kelis metus






energija, energetika


a wind turbine

vėjo turbina


a new thing               

naujas dalykas


however, notwithstanding



foreign country



overseas, abroad



a turbine 




bendras, bendra


long ago, for a long time, for ages






In Lithuania wind energy is a new thing. However, abroad wind turbines have already existed for a long time.

Lietuvoje vėjo energetika yra naujas dalykas. Tačiau užsienyje vėjo turbinos gyvuoja seniai.


the imperative of gyvuoti can be translated as equivalent to the Spanish, "Viva!"

or, long live! as in long live the king!


long live!






long live, Lithuania!

gyvuok, Lietuva!


live for a long time, my homeland!

gyvuok ilgai, mano tėvyne!


I wish you luck, live long yet for many years!

linkiu sėkmės, gyvuokite dar ilgus metus!


may you live long, a long time, a long time!

gyvuokite ilgai, ilgai!


may we live together for a long time!  

gyvuokime kartu!


may we all live a long time!

gyvuokime visi!


don't live!        



don't live!



may we not live!



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