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Jun 25, 2010

Kaip Vadinasi Tas Filmas What Is That Film Called

Hi there, I'm Jack.  In the last episode, episode 212, we went over tas, ta, tie, tos, etcetera.

 

In today's episode, that we'll get to in a moment, Romas and Daiva emphasized that even though in Lithuanian they have these words, you would never ask, kas tas? or kas ta? kas šitas? kas šita?, etcetera, when you don't know what something is. 

 

In Lithuanian it's very simple.  You would say, 

 

what is this? 

kas tai?

 

what is that? 

kas tai?

 

what are these?

kas tai?

 

what are those?

kas tai?

 

You could say, kas tai yra?  Or you could even say, kas čia, as in, what is this here? Or, kas ten, what is that there?

 

what is this here?

kas čia?

 

what is that?

kas ten?

 

what are these here?

kas čia?

 

what are those there?

kas ten?

 

Got it?  It's very simple.  If you don't know what something is, just ask,

 

kas tai?

kas čia?

kas ten?

 

But, hey, don't learn from my accented Lithuanian.  In a moment you'll hear Daiva and Romas repeat all of this.  Also, we'll leave a space after the English and before the Lithuanian so you can guess at the pronunciation.

 

Now I'll play our recording.  I asked Daiva to read what I had typed, "kas yra šitas?"

 

Now we'll start the episode where Daiva is correcting me, telling me you wouldn't ask the question that way.  Enjoy the show!

 

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

 

Where are you from, Daiva?  I'm from Kaunas.  Kaunas!  Alright, they speak the best Lithuanian there, I hear.  

 

I'm not sure.  That's what I've been told!  That's what people from Kaunas told me.

 

Is it okay if I record you for Lithuanian Out Loud?  Yeah.  Okay, great.

 

Today’s episode is a continuation of the last episode.  Let’s get started.

 

Šitas or šita is the word for, this, as in, this near me.  Šitas is masculine, šita is feminine.  Now, let’s ask the question,  

what is this?

kas yra šitas?

but, palauk, no, but palauk, okay, well, I think nobody asks like that, kas yra šitas

nobody would ever ask like this, okay

they ask, kas tai yra

kas tai yra

kas šitas

ne, no

you would never say that?

no, kas tai

really?

you don't have even have to tell like, kas tai yra? - kas tai, kas tai, kas tai, kas tai

well, see, that's a good point to make then

arba kas čia - kas čia

okay, so, you would never really say, kas yra šitas, right?  no

you would just say, kas tai yra, yeah, okay

 

this is a table

tai yra stalas

 

so, you would never say, šitas stalas, no, not with a question

 

this is a table

tai yra stalas

 

so, I am just asking a Lithuanian, what is this, kas šitas, or you just say, kas tai,

kas tai, kas tai

 

so, I would say, kas tai?  uh-huh, tai yra stalas

kas šitas yra - no, kas tai yra, kas tai yra, kas tai

 

okay, what is this?

kas tai?

 

what is this?

kas tai yra?

 

this is a frog

tai varlė

 

this is a frog

tai yra varlė

 

what are these?

kas tai yra?

 

so, in English I would say, what is this, or what are these, but in Lithuanian you would just say, kas tai for what is this or what are these

uh-hmm, or even if somebody is knocking on the door - kas tai? kas tai? kas ten?

 

what is this?

kas tai?

 

this is a snake tai gyvatė

tai yra gyvatė

 

what are these?

kas tai?

 

these are snakes

tai yra gyvatės

 

what is this?

kas tai?

 

this is a turtle

tai yra vėžlys

 

what are these?

kas tai?

 

these are turtles

tai yra vėžliai

 

what is this?

kas tai?

 

this is a chicken

tai yra višta

 

what are these?

kas tai?

 

these are chickens

tai yra vištos

 

what is this?

kas tai?

 

this is a puppy

tai yra šuniukas

 

what are these?

kas tai?

 

these are puppies

tai yra šuniukai

 

what is this?

kas tai?

 

this is rabbit

tai yra triušis

 

what are these?

kas tai?

 

these are rabbits

tai yra triušiai

 

šis or ši is also the word for this, but when asking a question you're simply going to say, kas tai, yeah, or kas tai yra, sure, yeah, kas tai, kas tai, just keep it simple

 

what is this?

kas tai?

 

what is this?

kas tai yra?

 

kas tai, kas tai

kas tai, todėl kad tu Dzūkas (because you are Dzūkas)

kas tai, kas tai

okay, I'm from Kaunas

 

this is a book

tai yra knyga

 

what are these?

kas tai?

 

these are books

tai yra knygos

 

what is this?

kas tai yra?

 

this is a shoe

tai yra batas

 

so, you would say, you would use yra, but you say no (speaking to Romas), you say you would not use yra

kas tai yra?

okay, I'm neutral, I don't care

I'll tell you exactly when you use, kas tai yra

let's say I have a thing in my hand, kas tai yra? 

what the heck it is, you know?

you're just saying it for emphasis, uh-huh, right

another thing is, if you're not a very good speaker of the language and I say a word you don't understand, for instance, servetėlė, napkin, servetėlė, kas tai yra?  Mmm, okay.

 

what are these?

kas tai?

 

those are shoes

tai yra batai

 

what is this?

kas tai?

 

this is a spoon

tai yra šaukstas

 

what are these?

kas tai?

 

these are spoons

tai yra šaukstai

 

what is this?

kas tai?

 

this is a computer

tai yra kompiuteris

 

what are these?

kas tai?

 

these are computers tai yra kompiuteriai

 

what is that?

kas tai yra?

 

that is a dog

tai šuo

 

what are those?

kas tai yra?

 

those are dogs

tai yra šunys

 

what is that?

kas tai?

 

that is a cat

tai yra katė

 

what are those?

kas tai?

 

those are cats

tai yra katės

 

what is that?

kas tai?

 

that is a bull

tai yra jautis

 

what are those?

kas tai?

 

those are bulls

tai yra jaučiai

 

what is that?

kas tai?

 

that is a cow

tai yra karvė

 

what are those?

kas tai?

 

those are cows

tai yra karvės

 

what is that?

kas tai?

 

that is an elephant

tai yra dramblys

 

what are those?

kas tai?

 

those are elephants

tai yra drambliai

 

what is that?

kas tai?

 

that is a monkey

tai yra beždžionė

 

what are those?

kas tai?

 

those are monkeys

tai yra beždžionės

 

You're a monkey!

I'm not a monkey!

 

Anas or ana is the word for, that over there, or that far away.  Anas is masculine, ana is feminine. 

not this but that, you could say

 

ne šitas, bet anas

 

Now, let’s go over some examples using vadinasi.  The Lithuanian word kaip means, “as” or it can be used as in the following examples…

 

what is the name of this store?

kaip vadinasi ši parduotuvė?

 

this store is named, The Wolf's Fang

ši parduotuvė vadinasi, Vilko iltis

 

what is the name of this coffee shop?

kaip vadinasi ši kavinė?

 

this coffee shop is named, The Coffee Cup 

ši kavinė vadinasi, Kavos puodelis

 

what is this town called?

kaip vadinasi šitas miestelis?

 

this town is called Papilė

šitas miestelis vadinasi Papilė

 

what is this village called?

kaip vadinasi šitas kaimas?

 

this village is called Žiliai

šitas kaimas vadinasi Žiliai

 

this newspaper is called, "Lithuania’s Morning" 

šitas laikraštis vadinasi “Lietuvos Rytas”

 

this river is named Nemunas

šita upė vadinasi Nemunas

 

this mountain is called Everest

šitas kalnas vadinasi Everestas

 

this restaurant is called Laima’s Inn

šis restoranas vadinasi, Laimos smuklė

 

this hotel is called The Klaipėda Hotel

šis viešbutis vadinasi, Viešbutis Klaipėda

 

this coffee shop is called

Saudrė ši kavinė vadinasi, Saudrė

 

what is that film called?

kaip vadinasi tas filmas?

 

I don’t know what it’s called

aš nežinau kaip vadinasi

 

what is this song called?

kaip vadinasi šita daina?

 

I don’t know what it’s called

aš nežinau kaip vadinasi

 

what is this festival called?

kaip vadinasi tas festivalis?

 

I don’t know what it’s called

aš nežinau kaip vadinasi

 

what is this melody called?

kaip vadinasi šita melodija?

 

I don’t know what it’s called

nežinau kaip vadinasi

 

what is this program called?

kaip vadinasi ši programa?

 

I don’t know ką aš žinau?

 

but, isn't it more like, ką aš žinau?

ką aš žinau?

ką aš žinau?

ką aš žinau?

ką aš žinau? if you want to be mean, like, ką aš žinau?

ką aš žinau?

good, I like it, good

uhhh, what are some other ways you could say, "I don't know."

 

aš nežinau

nežinau

just, nežinau

nežinau

aš nežinau

ką aš žinau?

or, Dievas žino, God knows

Velnias žino, Devil knows

ką aš žinau? is slang for, “I don’t know.”  Until this episode I thought it was one word, ką aš žinau.

 

what is this called?

kaip tai vadinasi?

 

what is this called?

kaip tai vadinasi?

 

this is called The Lord of the Rings

tai vadinasi, Žiedų valdovas

 

what is this called?

kaip tai vadinasi?

 

this is called the Mona Lisa

tai vadinasi, Mona Liza

 

what is that called?

kaip tai vadinasi?

 

that is called the Statue of Liberty

tai vadinasi Laisvės statula

 

this is called The Taj Mahal

tai vadinasi Tadžmahalas

 

this is called Švyturys

tai vadinasi Švyturys

 

this is called The Colosseum

tai vadinasi Koliziejus

 

this is called Big Ben

tai vadinasi Big Benas

 

this is called The Eiffel Tower

tai vadinasi Eifelio bokštas

 

this is called The Amazon River

tai vadinasi Amazonės upė

 

this is called The Druskininkai Forest 

tai vadinasi Druskininkų miškas

 

this is called The Grand Canyon

tai vadinasi Didysis kanjonas

 

this is a big university,

tai yra didelis universitetas,

 

it’s called Klaipėda University

jis vadinasi Klaipėdos universitetas

 

maybe you know what that is called? 

gal žinai kaip tai vadinasi?

 

no, I have no idea

ne, neįsivaizduoju

 

neturiu žalio supratimo (I haven't the greenest understanding/idea - I haven't the foggiest idea) 

ne, žalio supratimo is like slang

 

what is that bus station called?

kaip vadinasi ta stotelė?

 

that is called a Minke whale

tai vadinasi Mažasis ruožuotis

 

what is the name of that university?

kaip vadinasi tas universitetas?

 

it’s called Oxford

tai vadinasi Oxfordas

 

what is the name of that city?

kaip vadinasi tas miestas?

 

it’s named York

tai vadinasi Jorkas

 

Šaunuoliai!  

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

 


Dave Matke
ten and a half years ago

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Dave Matke