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

May 17, 2010

LL0210 - Pelyte Little Mouse

Hi there, this is Jack and I’m Romas and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where we offer the world the Lithuanian Language.


You might notice that we’re not recording in our normal studios today, a lot of echo here, but we’ll just have to deal with it.


According to Wikipedia, Antanas Mockus, of Bogota, Colombia, is the former mayor of that city and he is the son of Lithuanian immigrants.  His full name is Aurelijus Rutenis Antanas Mockus Šivickas and as of 2010, he’s running for president of Colombia.  He’s the frontrunner in recent polls and has a very good chance of becoming the next president of this South American country.


Today’s episode was inspired by listeners James of Kansas City and Ebed-Melech who both posted references to this nursery rhyme which is similar to the English, “this little piggy.”  Thanks for the posts on the Lithuanian Out Loud blogpage, guys!


First, I want to mention we just went over half a million downloads of Lithuanian Out Loud episodes.  We’ve started using a program that allows us to see where Lithuanian Out Loud is being downloaded.  Sadly, we don’t have very good statistics for the first half million downloads, and I suspect the number of downloads could easily be double that, but the results are interesting.  Just in the last four days we’ve had downloads from, the United States, Sweden, Ireland, United Kingdom, Estonia, China, Lithuania, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Norway, Mexico, Australia, Poland, Taiwan, Russian Federation, Turkey, Iceland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Hungary, and the Palestinian Territory.  Thanks for listening, guys!


Now, I asked our friend Eglė to work with us on this nursery rhyme.  Keep in mind that we recorded this without a script or a rehearsal and Eglė didn’t know I was going to spring this on her.  So, she slowly steps us through the nursery rhyme and as she’s speaking she’s writing the words.  


Every time she says, “tam davė” she touches a new finger.  So, if you have a Lithuanian friend, recite this to them, starting with their thumb and on down to the small finger or “pinkie.”  Then, as you say, “bėga, bėga, pelytė...” recite this part quickly with alacrity, make your fingers run up your friend’s arm and tickle under their armpit.  I doubt your friend will be able to resist laughing.  Not only that, but they’ll be really impressed with your Lithuanian.


Alright, enjoy the program and thanks for helping us, Egle!




...pelytė košytę, virė, virė, pelytė košytę, virė, virė, pelytė košytę, ta...yes, I know this, tam davė, tam davė, tam davė, o tam ir neliko, bėga, bėga...


it’s virė, virė, pelytė košytę, virė, virė, pelytė košytę, tam davė, tam davė, tam davė,  tam davė, o tam ir neliko, bėga, bėga pelytė į šulinėlį...bėga, bėga pelytė į šulinėlį vandenėlio atsinešti.


and this is for children

yes, uh, huh,

and how do you play this game with a child?


virė, virė, pelytė košytę, 

virė, virė, pelytė košytę, 

tam davė, tam davė, tam davė, tam davė, o tam ir neliko, 

bėga, bėga pelytė į šulinėlį vandenėlio atsinešti


I understand, that’s good, so, 

we call this, “pinkie” 


mmm, pinkie, so, you end with the pinkie, okay, 

could you read this again how you would read it to a child?



virė, virė, pelytė košytę, 

virė, virė, pelytė košytę, 

tam davė, tam davė, tam davė, tam davė, o tam ir neliko, 

bėga, bėga pelytė į šulinėlį vandenėlio atsinešti


that’s good!


Let’s do a loose translation of the words and then we’ll go over them in detail.  This is not an exact translation but you should understand the idea.


virė, virė, pelytė košytę, 

cooked, boiled, the little mouse a little porridge


virė, virė, pelytė košytę, 

cooked, boiled, the little mouse a little porridge


tam davė, tam davė,

to this gave some, to this gave some,


tam davė, tam davė, o tam ir neliko,

to this gave some, to this gave some, but for this one there wasn’t any,


bėga, bėga pelytė į šulinėlį vandenėlio atsinešti

ran, ran, the little mouse to the well to bring water


The meaning of this last line, of course, is that the little mouse needed more water so it could cook more porridge.


Now let’s break down the words of this childrens’ game.


to cook, to boil 



I cook, I boil 



you cook (tu) 



he/she cooks 



I cooked  



you cooked (tu) 



he/she cooked 



a mouse 



a mouse (diminutive) 






porridge (diminutive) 



to give 



I give 

aš duodu


you give tu 



he/she gives 

jis/ji duoda


I gave 

aš daviau


you gave 

tu davei


he/she gave 

jis/ji davė


and what is this, “tam davė?”


I gave to that one

I gave to that one




to run 



I run 

aš bėgu


you run (tu) 

tu bėgi


he/she runs 

jis/ji bėga


a well (water) 



a well (diminutive) 



a water well (dim.) 

vandenėlio šulinėlis


to carry nešti

to bring atsinešti


Now Eglė will say the rhyme for you three times


pirmą kartą (first time)


virė, virė, pelytė košytę, 

virė, virė, pelytė košytę, 

tam davė, tam davė, tam davė, tam davė, o tam ir neliko, 

bėga, bėga pelytė į šulinėlį vandenėlio atsinešti


dar kartą (once again)


virė, virė, pelytė košytę, 

virė, virė, pelytė košytę, 

tam davė, tam davė, tam davė, tam davė, o tam ir neliko, 

bėga, bėga pelytė į šulinėlį vandenėlio atsinešti


ir dar kartą (and once again)


virė, virė, pelytė košytę, 

virė, virė, pelytė košytę, 

tam davė, tam davė, tam davė, tam davė, o tam ir neliko, 

bėga, bėga pelytė į šulinėlį vandenėlio atsinešti


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Thanks to, Ditto Ditto and Vieux Farka Toure for the podcast music.
Thanks for tuning in, tell your friends about us, we’ll see you on the next episode of Lithuanian Out Loud.
I’m Jack and I’ve never met a Lithuanian I didn’t like.  Viso gero!  Sudie!
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Antanas Mockus  


almost seven years ago

Thank you so much for your work on this podcast! Especially for this episode here. My great grandmother was Lithuanian, and the last memory I have of her was her saying this nursery rhyme that my father got her to remember after she hadn't even spoken/responded much in quite some time. The only part I could recall was "tam davė, tam davė, tam davė," so being able to read all of it and even try to practice saying it myself is a real gift! I can't thank you enough!

almost seven years ago

hi Tabatha,

The lullaby that you were writing about is in fact about the same Pelyte that this podcast is about. It is a slightly different version, to the one given above but is well known to lithuanians:

Vir virė košę,
Vaikai atislošę
Tam davė, tam davė, tam davė, tam davė,
O tam nebeliko...
Vir vir vir pelytė vandenėlio semti...:)
over eight years ago

Hello, Tabatha,
I asked some Lithuanian friends about your lullaby and they don't recognize it. Very sorry. :(

over eight years ago

Hi I have a question my nana used to say this lullaby to me as a child it's was it Lithuanian it might be the three little pigs not sure but here is what I remember
..vida vida casha wicky wicky washa ...shitem daby shitem daby...shitem da booboo. So sorry for my spelling I have no idea if this is even going to make sense I hope u can help me I've been trying to figure this out since she passed away and no one remembers what it was a bout pls help thank you

ten and a half years ago

Thank you for this great&entertaining episode from a listener from Slovakia ;)
In Slovak, we have the exact same nursery rhyme "Varila myšička kašičku", even the literal translation matches, so it was fun to hear that :D

Many thanks for all your effort you put into these amazing podcasts!!


almost eleven years ago

Hi Jack and Raminta, this is Felipe from Brazil! Congratulations for the great work you are doing with the lithuanian language! Looks like the link for the mp3 210 is wrong, when I download it the one that cames to me is the mp3120a. Thank you very much!

almost eleven years ago

Hi Jack ir Raminta :)

I'm Vremita from Indonesia (might be your only listener from Indonesia).
You might remember me writing you 2 years ago, telling that I have a lithuanian friend - and I met another lithuanian accidentaly in a bus, strange enough to surprise him that I know some lithuanian (he wore a T-shirt with greatly printed on it "Draugas", pretty suspicious at the first sight that he was a lithuanian).

I'm writing you just to tell you that I miss you and your podcasts :)
It's been months since I don't learn or speak lithuanian anymore..

I study now Romance Languages in the University. I have to allocate most of my time studying French, Italian, Spanish, with its literature and linguistics.

Once in a while, I visit your site just for a refreshment from those romance languages :)
Sometimes I download some lessons.. But without a real-life practice, a language will remain stagnant.
That's how I "lost" my time and urgency to learn lithuanian further.

But I found out that the passion and memoir of learning a language will never be gone. Each time I visit your site, download a lesson, or write an e-mail to my lithuanian friend, I always find a 'feeling' with the language. It's like a first love; you may not be with him/her anymore, but somehow, it will never be forgotten :)

Anyway, I'm just expressing my thoughts. I hope I don't bother your free time reading my e-mail.

"Chapeau" for both of you, who deserve to be entitled one of lithuanian-language-learning-resource-providers-hero. To be honest, without your podcast, I'd have felt "alone" with only two lithuanian friends in the world, 'boring' grammar websites and minimum basic phrases. You have struggled so far in building the program up to more than 200 lessons for now :)

I hope you would still continue your podcasts with even more innovation, fresh and interesting topics, advanced lessons, etc.


from a girl who live in an archipelago in the equator called Indonesia,
who might not have much time to learn lithuanian i

almost eleven years ago

Labas Jack,

šiandien aš bandau rašyti lietuviškai, kad Raminta ir tu mane jau daug išmokė. Man vis dar labai patinka Lithuanian Out Loud.
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