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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!

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


Jul 12, 2008

Hi there!  This is Jack and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud!  Well, a lot has been happening since our last show.  Before today’s episode I want to get you caught up with the latest news.  At least four news portals picked up a news article on Lithuanian Out Loud and we have many new listeners to our podcast.  Also, it looks like some magazines might be doing some stories as well.  Super!  Welcome to all our new listeners!

If you’d like to see the internet articles on Lithuanian Out Loud you can see the links on this episode’s notes on our blogpage.  A big thanks to Deimantė Doksaitė for interviewing Raminta and me and for writing the story.  Labai ačiū, Deimante!

(internet stories on Lithuanian Out Loud)


Remember the plug Bayram of Turkey gave us recently?  Well, he just sent me an email.  He was in Vilnius today in a coffee shop working on his computer and he heard a familiar voice.  He went up to the woman and asked her some questions and then gave her a big hug.  Raminta was really surprised someone had recognized her voice while she was chatting with a friend in a Vilnius coffee shop.  What a coincidence!  Thanks for the email Bayram!

Today we have a special guest on the show.  Someone who might be contributing something to Lithuanian Out Loud on a regular basis for a long time to come – I hope.  So, here is Agnė from Vilnius or Agnė iš Vilniaus and her first contribution to the show.

"čiau braške, susitiksim kompote"

Agnė says this phrase is used by a lot by children in Lithuania to say goodbye.  The literal translation isn’t really important, it’s better to learn this as a whole phrase, but for those of you who are curious it means, "goodbye, strawberry, see you in kompotas."  Kompotas is a Lithuanian stewed fruit drink – very yummy.

Here is it again, slowly…

čiau braške, susitiksim kompote

čiau braške, susitiksim kompote

čiau braške, susitiksim kompote

čiau braške, susitiksim kompote

Again, Agnė says children use this a lot but adults use it as a joke or in order to sound funny.  Try it on your Lithuanian friends.

Agnė has a few hundred ideas on future contributions to the show and we love having her enthusiasm in our community.  Thanks a million, Agne and welcome to the program!  It’s super having you here with us.

Okay, enough notes, let’s get on with today’s episode, enjoy!


Hi there, I’m Raminta and I’m Jack and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where we offer the world the Lithuanian language. 

Today we’re in a new month!  July was named for Julius Caesar or Julijus Cezaris who was born in this month.  In Lithuanian this month is liepa, the linden tree, which flowers during this month.  The flowers scent the air, are used to make herbal teas and attract honeybees.  Pretty tree!

According to Wikipedia, Austėja is the ancient Lithuanian household goddess of bees. Austėja is a goddess of fertility, brides, and growing families. Austėja is the wife of Bubilas.

Bubilas is the household god of bees.  People may have sacrificed honey to Bubilas.  They believed that doing so would make bees swarm better.

pradėkime, let’s get started

Today let’s talk about work.  Here’s a Lithuanian proverb:

Kas skaito ir rašo, tas duonos neprašo.  He who learns to read and write will not beg for bread.

Most of the time a person’s job has the suffix –tojas or –toja, –ėjas or –ėja, and –ininkas or –ininkė.

Here we’ll list some infinitive verbs and then we’ll list the job title that follows it.

to work                     

a male worker            

a female worker         

to farm                      

a male farmer             

a female farmer         

to sing                       

a male singer              

a female singer            

to cure                      

a male doctor             

a female doctor          

to drive                      

a male driver              

a female driver           

to write                      

a male writer              

a female writer           

to help                        

a male assistant           

a female assistant         

to give or to serve       

a male waiter              

a female waiter            

to sell                         

a salesman                  

a saleswoman              

The last three professions we purposely put together because they look and sound so similar.  It’s  worth the effort to memorize these.



Now some job titles that don’t follow these rules…

to lead                              

a male manager                 

a female manager             

to be a lawyer or barrister  

a male lawyer or barrister  

a female lawyer/attorney     

to control                          

a male controller                

a female controller              

to direct                            

a male director                  

a female director                

Now, just before we finish, let’s combine some of these.  To do this we have to use kilmininkas.

a lawyer’s female assistant   
advokato padėjėja

an attorney’s male assistant  
advokato padėjėjas

a director’s female assistant  
direktoriaus padėjėja

a director’s male assistant     
direktoriaus padėjėjas

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

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