034 Say Labas: Months in Lithuanian

2015 has arrived and with it the first episode of the year for The Say Labas show. We hope that this year starts right and ends happy for all our listeners. We had a lot of fun last year getting the show and the website off the ground and we are hoping to carry on with that momentum going in to this year. Do you have any special resolutions this year? Learn Lithuanian? Visit Lithuania? Let us know we would love to share it on the podcast.

Months in Lithuanian

This is episode number 34 and this episode’s theme is “months of the year” or “Months in Lithuanian”, we learn what the months of the year are in Lithuanian and we hear some of their meanings. Looking back we should have probably started with this way back in the first few episodes but as they say you live and you learn. Although thinking about it now the beginning of the year is a good time to learn the month’s right?

It’s been a historic period for Lithuania, the 1st January 2015 marked the adoption of the euro as Lithuania’s new currency and with that Lithuania and all Lithuania’s said goodbye to the Litas. The emotions have been mixed from what we have seen anyway, most are happy that the long path to the euro has finally been reached while others, seem really sad that the Litas has gone. Either way it’s one of those moments in Lithuanian history that will not be forgotten.

That said in both Solveiga’s news section and Tim’s fun fact we hear all about how Lithuania marked this very historic day. We mentioned in the episode that there is a YouTube video floating about commemorating the Lithuanian Euro coin. You can check it out below.

Our town of the week is called Rietavas!! The town of firsts, is what Tim likes to call it. Take a listen to find out why.

These are the words we learnt this episode:

Episode 34 - Months in Lithuanian
13Mano mėgstamiausias mėnesis yra gruodis.My favourite month is December.
14Ar tavo gimtadienis yra rugsėjį?Is your birthday in September?

These are the dialogues from this episodes Talk Time segment:

Example 1

Ar tau patinka lapkritis Lietuvoje?
Ne, nelabai…
Labai daug lyja, man patinka gruodis, nes yra daug sniego.

Example 2

Kurį mėnesį yra tavo gimtadienis?
Tikrai? Mano irgi!
Oho, kurią dieną?
Liepos septynioliktą.
Mano irgi!!! Švęsim gimtadienį kartu.

Summary of Today’s show – Months in Lithuanian:

  • Introduction
  • Towns/Cities of Lithuania
  • Lesson 34 (Months in Lithuanian)
  • Example Sentences
  • Talk Time
  • News of the week
  • Fun facts
  • Goodbye

As we promised in the episode here is a full list of the months in Lithuanian and there meanings let us know what you think…

  1. January (Sausis): literally means “dry” it is at this time of the year that the weather is cold and the air very dry. Although Tim reckons the month should just be called Salta. :)
  2. February (Vasaris): Comes from the word vasara or “Summer” it is at this time of the year the chill of winter starts to subside and the planning for the summer begins.
  3. March (Kovas): Named after a small bird called the Rook. These birds begin to migrate back to Lithuania and can be seen returning during this time of the year.
  4. April (Balandis): Meaning Pigeon or Dove. We have found a few meanings for this month and asked around some some say its because the Pigeons are quite active and begin mating and nesting during this time of the year others say that the landscape of Lithuania looks grey and spotted as the winter snows begin to melt. Either way remember Pigeons. :)
  5. May (Gegužė): Named after another bird the cuckoo. It is at this time of the year that the call of these birds marks the arrival of spring.
  6. June (Birželis): Derived from the old Lithuanian word biržis, meaning to plough or so they say. June is the time of the year that the fields are supposed to be sewn.
  7. July (Liepa): This month is named after the Linden tree which flowers in the month of July bringing with it, Lithuania’s famous honeybees.
  8. August (Rugpjūtis): A fascinating month, which gets its name from two words, rugiai which means wheat or rye, and the verb pjauti, to cut. It’s at this time of the year that this grain is harvested.
  9. September(Rugsėjis): derived again from the word rugiai but with the suffix sėti, to sow. You guessed it this time of the year the farmers begin sowing their seeds in preparation for winter.
  10. October(Spalis): Comes from Lithuanian word spaliai or husks of flax. It is at this time of the year that this plant is harvested and prepared. What is Flax?? Tim has no clue
  11. November(Lapkritis): Gets it name from lapas, which means leaf, and Kristi to fall. Yes its Autumn. Leaves fall… Right?
  12. December(Gruodis): Come from the word gruodas which Solveiga says is hard to directly translate however it would sort of mean frozen land, obviously winter has arrived in Lithuania. Brrrr

Well those are the months in Lithuanian and their meanings, we had a hard time with some of them and we hope that we got most of them right we came across a lot of variations and meanings especially when we started asking around, it seems some people have been told different meanings than others which we found quite interesting, but we tried to stick with what the majority said. So let us know what you’ve heard or been told and we will update and add to it… or we may just write an entire blog post about it, either way it’s interesting that some say one thing and some believe another… Lithuania really is a extraordinary place :)

Well that brings us to the end of another episode, as always thanks so much for reading and listening and for all the support over the last year. We mentioned on the show that we have started a YouTube channel so check us out there, we will be adding a ton of content there in the next few months so don’t miss out and subscribe to be the first to know when new stuff is added.

Iki pasimatymo!

Tim & Solveiga.




Background music credit goes to:

Thatched Villagers | Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)