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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)


Aug 22, 2010

Hi there, I'm Jack.  Today's episode begins a long series of episodes that will introduce a lot of new vocabulary related to food.  When I started digging into this I was surprised at how large the subject of food is.  You have your basic foods like apples, oranges, chicken, beef, etcetera.  Then you have all the ingredients used in cooking such as flour, cloves, rosemary, and then you have all the foods you can create or that you might order in a restaurant, such as eggplant casserole with cheese, linguini pasta with clam sauce or cinnamon rolls with cherry filling.  This is a huge topic.                                                              
Anyway, we have many, many, many episodes scripted for this subject.  We won't give them all to you at once or one after the other.  We'll intersperse the series with exam episodes and episodes on other topics.  Evenutally, we'll get through dozens of food programs.  Just so you know what to expect, we just shoot through the food types and we use phrases that you might use such as, I like bananas, I don't like bananas, I want bananas, I don't want bananas, and then we'll move onto another food.  The episodes won't by organized by types of food.  We'll mix fruits with meats and salads with bakery products.  We hope it all comes in handy.  Now, on with today's episode that I recorded with Vytautas, the ballroom dance competitor visiting the United States from Kaunas, Lithuania. Enjoy!
Hi there, I’m Jack, I am Vytautas and welcome back to Lithuanian Out Loud where we offer the world the Lithuanian language.    

so, where are you from Vytautai?

I am from...



I am from Kaunas

ah, okay, so, you speak aukstaičiai?

uh, yes,



that's the dialect of Lithuanian they speak in Kaunas?





how do you say it?





it's the best Lithuanian, or..?

yeah, I think the best

the best!

alright, uh...


According to the Wikipedia article entitled, Kaunas Castle, in 1361 the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights sent spies to study the defenses of the castle.  The following year, 1362, the German knights attacked and the siege lasted three weeks.  The castle walls were 36 feet or 11 meters high but the Christian knights took the castle killing all but 36 of the 400 Lithuanian defenders.  The Germans then commemorated the victory with a celebration on Easter Sunday 1362. Later the Lithuanians attacked the castle and drove the Christians away.  In 1384 the Teutuonic Knights attacked and conquered the castle again.  That same year the Lithuanians floated troops, cannons and trebuchets down the Neris River from Vilnius and smashed the German army.
Just a short review before we get to the meat of today’s episode.                                                                                                                          
If we’re talking about an unspecified number of a COUNTABLE object we use the genitive plural.                                                                                                                                                                       
If we’re talking about an unspecified amount of an UNCOUNTABLE object we use the genitive singular.                                                                                                                                                                           
Just keep this rule in mind.                                                                                                                                                                                      
Today we’re going to be going over items you might want to order in a restaurant.                                                                                                      
Using a countable noun we might say something like this;    
I would like mushrooms
norėčiau grybų                          
Using an uncountable noun we might say something like this;          
I would like milk
norėčiau pieno        
what you would like?
ko pageidausite?    
I don’t know
would you like a caesar salad?
ar norėtum cezario salotų?      
yes, I’d like a caesar salad
taip, norėčiau cezario salotų        
okay, now let‘s ask for some things you might find in a restaurant        
a menu
valgiaraštis (valgyti + raštas)    
a menu
meniu is a word borrowed from English and does not decline    
I'd like a menu
norėčiau valgiaraščio              
I’d like a menu, please
norėčiau meniu, prašom        
I’d like soup
norėčiau sriubos    
would you like soup?
ar norėtum sriubos?  
I’d like a little soup
norėčiau truputį sriubos    
I don’t want soup
nenoriu sriubos        
a salad
a leaf
salad leaves
salotų lapai    
caesar salad
cezario salotos  
iceberg lettuce
isbergo salotos      
I’d like salad
norėčiau salotų      
would you like a salad?
ar norėtum salotų?          
I’d like a little salad
norėčiau truputį salotų        
I don’t want salad
nenoriu salotų                      
I’d like a caesar salad
norėčiau cezario salotų              
would you like a caesar salad?
ar norėtum cezario salotų?              
a tomato
I’d like tomato
norėčiau pomidorų        
would you like tomato?
ar norėtum pomidorų?        
I’d like a little tomato
norėčiau truputį pomidorų            
I don’t want tomato
nenoriu pomidorų                  
a cucumber
I’d like cucumber
norėčiau agurkų                      
would you like cucumber?
ar norėtum agurkų?                    
I’d like a little cucumber
norėčiau truputį agurkų                  
I don’t want cucumber
nenoriu agurkų                                                                                                                                                                                  
an onion
blue onions
mėlyni svogūnai          
I’d like onion
norėčiau svogūnų      
would you like onion?
ar norėtum svogūnų?      
I’d like a little onion
norėčiau truputį svogūnų        
I don’t want onion
nenoriu svogūnų            
an olive
I’d like olives
norėčiau alyvuogių      
would you like olives?
ar norėtum alyvuogių?          
I’d like a little bit of olives
norėčiau truputį alyvuogių      
I don’t want olives
nenoriu alyvuogių          
I’d like cheese
norėčiau sūrio          
would you like cheese?
ar norėtum sūrio?                        
I’d like a little cheese
norėčiau truputį sūrio            
I don’t want cheese
nenoriu sūrio              
feta cheese
fetos sūris            
I’d like feta cheese
norėčiau fetos sūrio        
would you like feta cheese?
ar norėtum fetos sūrio?              
I’d like a little feta cheese
norėčiau truputį fetos sūrio          
I’d like salt
norėčiau druskos          
would you like salt?
ar norėtum druskos?          
I’d like a little salt
norėčiau truputį druskos          
I don’t want salt
nenoriu druskos              
I’d like oil
norėčiau aliejaus      
would you like oil?
ar norėtum aliejaus?    
what do you think of the way...
have you been in restaurants much?
in Lithuania?
do you think are they different? 
are they?
they're always smiling
right, Lithuanians always say, "why is everybody smiling so much?"
it seems strange, huh?
yeah, in Lithuania the people is very sad
it's different
always smiling - Americans
wide smiling
but, you don't know what they thinking about you
(many Lithuanians are surprised by how much Americans smile - it seems suspicious to them)
oh, where were we?
let's see,    
I’d like a little oil
norėčiau truputį aliejaus    
I don’t want oil
nenoriu aliejaus          
baked bacon
kepinta šoninė          
I’d like bacon
norėčiau šoninės       
would you like bacon?
ar norėtum šoninės?    
I’d like a little bacon
norėčiau truputį šoninės        
I don’t want bacon
nenoriu šoninės                    
parmesan cheese
parmezano sūris              
I’d like parmesan cheese
norėčiau parmezano sūrio        
would you like parmesan cheese?
ar norėtum parmezano sūrio?    
I’d like a little parmesan cheese  
norėčiau truputį parmezano sūrio  
I don’t want parmesan
nenoriu parmezano sūrio      
an anchovy
I’d like anchovies
norėčiau ančiuvių        
would you like anchovies?
ar norėtum ančiuvių?            
I’d like a little bit of anchovies
norėčiau truputį ančiuvių        
anchovies?  No, I hate anchovies!
ančiuvių? Ne, aš nekenčiu ančiuvių!      
Šaunuoliai!  Great!  You made it to the end of another episode!  Šaunuoliai!