Lithuanian Basics: Lesson 6

We’re back. First, a warm-up.

1 translation: She wants it because she doesn’t have it.

2 translation: She hears it.

3 translation: They can hear it.

Have you noticed one thing, though? All these he-form words (turi, gali, nori, girdi, myli) end in the letter i. Well, that’s not a coincidence: they all fall in the same group. You see, in Lithuanian, the category a verb (i.e. the same as in English, a word which to and I can both be put in front of) belongs to is decided by the words’ final letter for the he form. So far, we have been dealing with i verbs. Now, let’s meet the o category:

The Lithuanian word for does is daro.

How do you say:

4 translation: He does it.

What about:

5 translation: They do it.

In fact, the forms for we are the same? Do you remember how you make words into the we form? Try this.

6 translation: We have it.

Right, you add me, so what about:

7 translation: We do it.

What about the jūs form?

8 translation: You do it.

Attention, though: the word daro is not used the same way the English word do and does is. For example, in English you could say: we do not have but in Lithuanian you would say mes neturime and you wouldn’t use daro in this sentence. This word in Lithuanian is reserved just for actually doing things.

Let’s learn one more word. This time about seeing.

The Lithuanian words for sees is mato.

Think “Every time I open my eyes I see Matthew” to remember that sees word is mato.

Oh, by the way, I side note: these words just like the other words we have learnt so far are stressed on the beginning. So, it’s mato and daro. Anyway, just so you know.

How do you say:

9 translation: We don’t see it.

Finally, what about:

10 translation: She sees it but he doesn’t see it.

Now, let’s talk about the other two forms for the word mato (aš and tu). at first. But, first, do you remember how to make the form of an i word.

11 translation: I have.

That’s right: you simply add an u to the he form.

Now, I am not completely sure, but I think it might have been the same in ancient Lithuanian. So, you would as well add an u. So, for example, he does is daro and you make it into I do so it would be aš darou.

Now, try to say that a few times. Darou darou darou … darau if you do it, you notice that it is pronounced just like if it was darau (by the way: au is pronounced just like in the English word low. So, by saying o and u fast together you eventually get to saying au. So, Lithuanians thought, why not change that o to an a altogether.

In o-ending words for , o changes to a before adding u.

So, again, it’s just too simple: o changes to a. That’s it. Try it.

12 translation: I see him.

13 translation: I don’t see it.

14 translation: I do it.

Okay, that’s what happens to . What happens to tu?

Well, we have already mentioned once:

Tu loves the ending i.

So, for example, in jis daro we don’t have the ending i for tu. So, we simply add it. What do we get? Tu daroi. And then the same thing happens as with o changes to a. So, it becomes tu darai.

The letter o changes to a in the tu form as well.

So, how do you say:

15 translation: You (informal) see him.

Just so you know, ai is pronounced just like in the English word time.

It’s so easy it’s not even funny, is it?

Try.

16 translation: You (informal) don’t see it.

17 translation: I don’t see it but you (informal) see it.

So, if you have to take something from this, is that o changes to a.

Okay, and I have left the best for the ending. Let’s learn how to make daro into to do. Do you remember how you change it from turi (he has) into to have ?

18 translation: I want to have it.

So, you change i into ėti. That’s nice.

For o words, you change o into yti.

So, it’s almost the same. The ti stays (in fact, all Lithuanian verbs have ti at the end). So, now we can say a lot of awesome things.

19 translation: I want to do it.

20 translation: I can’t see it.

21 translation: You (informal) can do it.

Imagine a temporarily blind man regaining sight. What would he first say?

22 translation: I can see!

Yeah, exactly. We have learned how to deal with o verbs. That’s it. Let’s take a break.

Answers to Lesson 6

1 answer: Ji to nori, nes ji to neturi.
2 answer: Ji tai girdi.
3 answer: Jie gali tai girdėti.
4 answer: Jis tai daro.
5 answer: Jie tai daro.
6 answer: Mes tai turime.
7 answer: Mes tai darome.
8 answer: Jūs tai darote.
9 answer: Mes to nematome.
10 answer: Ji tai mato, bet jis to nemato.
11 answer: Aš turiu.
12 answer: Aš jį matau.
13 answer: Aš to nematau.
14 answer: Aš tai darau.
15 answer: Tu jį matai.
16 answer: Tu to nematai.
17 answer: Aš to nematau, bet tu tai matai.
18 answer: Aš noriu tai turėti.
19 answer: Aš noriu tai daryti.
20 answer: Aš negaliu to matyti.
21 answer: Tu gali tai daryti.
22 answer: Aš galiu matyti!