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Pala

Pala

Sometimes you can hear Lithuanians whispering to themselves or saying to other person on the phone a word “Pala”. It’s a shortening of “Palauk”, which is imperative form of “Wait”. -Kur Tomas? -Nežinau. Pala, parašysiu jam. -Where is Tomas? -I don’t know. Wait, I’ll text […]

Jo

Jo

One of the first words you learn is “Taip”, which means “Yes”, but when you go out you may hear everywhere a mysterious word “Jo” that is so similar to “Yeah”. You can use “Jo” in informal situations, but in formal situations let’s use “Taip”. […]

Eina na

Eina na

You should have noticed that the expression of Lithuanian emotions in graphics would look rather like this __________ than this /\/\/\/\/\/\/\. It means our swear words have the same shape – they are very dull. But Russian ones are not! So when we get very […]

Tai

Tai

We have very used word which can confuse you. Most of the time it means “it”: -Man tai patinka. -I like it. -Tai nėra svarbu. -It’s not important. But in conversational Lithuanian it can drive you crazy. It likes to go with “nu” and “kad”. […]

Užknisti

Užknisti

When you feel very annoyed, but you don’t want to use that another very rude expression (we will talk about it in the future) you can use “užknisti”. It’s not related to any sexual intercourse (oh well, there are people who are able to relate […]

Dzin

Dzin

In Lithuania there are a lot of dzin buddhists. The highest state of consciousness is called “dzin”. When they reach it, they have to be sure to make everybody know about it. Then they say “man dzin”. -Kokios arbatos norite? -Man žalios. -O man dzin. […]

Erasmusas

Erasmusas

Winter is coming (as the lord of Winterfell would say)… In Vilnius it means “Salento” and “Cocainn”, the public transport and the dormitories will be full of Erasmus students soon. If you are an Erasmus student, here you have your first word in Lithuanian, “erasmusas”. […]

Nu

Nu

Sometimes it feels that you need to know only one word in order to speak Lithuanian fluently. This word is “nu”. If you would like to feel less Russian influenced, use “na”. It’s hard to say what does it mean. It means everything and nothing! […]

Biškį

Biškį

If you studied some Lithuanian language courses, you were taught that “a bit” is “truputį”. Maybe you have even learned it from the book “Po truputį”. But in real life you haven’t met that word. It’s because most of Lithuanians use “biškį” instead of “truputį”. […]

Grybauti

Grybauti

Lithuanians are very hippy trippy people. Every summer they go to forests and search for mushrooms. Later they sell them on the roads or eat by themselves. They conserve or dry them as well. Just in case they would like to take a trip on […]