Oct 25, 2007
Have you ever looked at the ten litas or dešimt 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 Atlantic
Ocean covering 6,411 kilometers without landing. A total of
37 hours, 11 minutes in the air. This was also the first ever
transatlantic air mail consignment in history.
The aircraft was painted bright orange and was named Lituanica, the latin name for Lithuania.
Sadly, two days after a successful Atlantic crossing, the aircraft crashed in Germany killing the two pilots and destroying the aircraft. Some claim it was shot down by German forces. The wreckage can still be viewed today at the Vytautas The Great War Museum in Kaunas.
Today we want to get away from grammar just a bit and teach you some common phrases that you should be able to pop out of your mouth when you need them.
I’m sorry, but I only understand a little
Atsiprašau bet aš labai mažai suprantu lietuviškai
Aš mokausi lietuviškai
to study, or to
Keep in mind, the sentence, Aš mokausi lietuviškai, can be translated as, I study Lithuanian or I’m studying Lithuanian