Lithuanian Out Loud (LOL) is an incredible resource for introducing English-speaking audiences to Lithuanian language and culture. There is enough cultural, historical, and linguistic information to satisfy every listener. While at times, some of the humor and history seems to target listeners in their 20s and 30s, this is perfect for virtually all podcast users. In fact, the production of this program is superior to many podcast shows. Raminta and Jack’s work is quite amazing, given the remarkable quality. And, it’s free.
Each episode effectively balances cultural lectures with language practice. This is brilliant. Every podcast provides audiences with new reasons to study the Lithuanian language—to appreciate an interesting group of people with a fascinating wealth of human experience. More than reading Wikipedia entries, Jack includes humorous anecdotes of his experiences learning Lithuanian culture.
The amount of effort put into every episode astounds me. Besides fantastic content, Raminta and Jack have regularly updated this program for years. Years! I really admire this dedication. The weekly updates are impressive; although, bi-weekly lessons would be just as great. I have no idea how they find the time to produce this.
Over the years, a fantastic group of additional Lithuanian speakers has contributed to this collection. Of the many guests, often contributing a range of Lithuanian dialects and personal speaking styles, every person is helpful and engaging. There is so much knowledge to be enjoyed from a fun, free, weekly program. How do they do this?
An unexpected source of entertainment from LOL is the chemistry between Raminta and Jack. Honestly, listening to them joke and laugh together is endearing, to say the least. Every podcast is informative—not overwhelming—and a treat to listen to. Not one single bad episode yet! Amazing.
I wouldn’t recommend changing a single aspect of LOL. We can only hope that other language communities produce podcast programs modeled on this great achievement by Raminta and Jack.
To Raminta and Jack:
I wouldn’t have learned the Lithuanian language without you two. Ačiū už viską!