LITHUANIAN OUT LOUD

Reviews For LITHUANIAN OUT LOUD

I’m an expat living I. Lithuania and this podcast has helped me learn so much. Ačiū Jack ir Raminta!
Thanks so much for making my resolution to learn lithuanian so easy!
I’m so glad I found this podcast. Raminta and Jack walk you through Lithuanian words and basic grammar while mixing in culture and history. This podcast is the best way to learn Lithuanian.
This is a wonderful podcast on the Lithuanian language. Jack and Raminta, and later Jack and his Lithuanian friends such as Gintare and Egle, have crafted thematically organized mini-lessons on Lithuanian. They pccasionally include brief stories on history and contemporary cultural issues in Lithuania, which really adds to the value of the series. The podcast episodes are well-planned, with native speakers pronouncing the words being discussed and explaining when precisely one would use a specific word . I am extremely grateful to Jack, Raminta and their friends for creating these episodes and making them freely available to us all.
Amazing! As a complete beginner, this podcast took me step by step in learning Lithuanian. The format is great too, the little quizzes in between lessons are a quick and sure way for me to know if I have to study more or not. Ačiū!
Thank you so much Jack and Ramenta for this fun, fantastic and TOTALLY FREE Lithuanian learning pod-cast. I would have paid money for something as good as this, but Jack and Ramenta are cool enough to offer this to learners without cost. I love everything from the quick-responce episodes to the cultural, and historical information. Clearly these two have allot of love for the Lithuanian language and culture.
I was looking for a Lithuanian language learning tool and was not expecting much, and was delighted to come across Lithuanian Out Loud. I'm using it to get ready to meet my boyfriend's friends and family in Lithuania and can't wait to learn even more.
I have been listening to this podcast for almost a year now. It is put together so well, and stays interesting that I never get bored of learning from it. Being a language teacher myself I know how hard it is to present a language in a way that makes it accessible and easy to grasp without making students feel overwhelmed, this podcast does both and much more. Great job!
I came upon Lithuanian outloud completely by accident while talking with family about an old hand game my grandfather used to do. We only remembered the beginning part " vidi vidi kawsha" ( excuse phonetic spelling of way it sounded). I found the translation of this podcast and got sooo excited but couldn't read lithuanian. When I saw it was on iTunes, I was overjoyed. I instantly downloaded it! I can't wait to perfect it and pass this nursery rhyme onto my own daughters. Thank you so much for making Lithuanian available to me. With my grandfather gone, hope seemed lost of getting back the words to that fond memory of him drawing the circle on my hand. My grandfather would be so proud to know I am trying to learn about my heritage.
I love this podcast--I grew up in a Lithuanian family, but my language skills have always been awful. This podcast has helped me take a step back, learn the structures, and get it right. I hope you come back soon--I miss your podcasts!
The podcasts put together by Jack and Raminta are pretty good. I was a native Lithuanian speaker as Iearned both English and Lithuanian at the same time starting about 1949. What I find very interesting, is that even like English, much of the language I learned back in the late 40s and 50s has changed .. vocabulary has changed, pronunciations are slightly different with accents in different places, so ultimately this series helps me re learn the language and updates my vocabulary to current standards. If I have a complaint is that I would like them to state every once in a while that their structure and pronunciation is for a particular area of Lithuania, and there are variations. Overall this is a great way to refresh my skills in Lithuanian and I assume a good way for a non speaker to get the basics as Jack is. A native speaker like I was can really appreciate how hard it really is to make the subtle vowel sounds of the soft ius ias etc sounds. Jack and Raminta job well done, and currently I am on a 3 month roadtrip around America, and find listening to the podcasts for hours on end while driving are a good way for me to re learn ACIU
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!
Jack and Raminta, thank you guys so much for sharing the lithuanian language and culture in such an entertaining and productive way. I'm on lesson 58 and I must confess, your lessons are rather addictive. It sure makes sitting in traffic rather enjoyable...to the point where I don't even mind it since I can just keep learning a new word after another. Please keep the lessons coming for your loyal listener, chinese american in Washington, DC. Aciu! Sudiev, Nina
Raminta & Jack do a wonderful job of teaching the Lithuanian languange & culture. This happy couple regularly manages to bring a smile to my face during my daily Metro commute. Their on-the-air chemistry is fantastic and their joy contagious. The tidbits of trivia about the Lithuanian culture are always interesting and simply priceless. My Lithuanian fiancee was duly impressed when I dropped an "As ramus kaip Belgas" on her after listening to one of the LOL podcasts ;-)...
I met a Lithuanian woman and decided to learn a little of the language. So far I'm up to lesson 95. I listen to 5 lessons each week, all of the 5 each night. I think it is fun. My Lithuanian lady friend and I might go back to the old country next summer. I can't wait to use my Lithuanian. She listened to the first 30 or so of the lessons and found them interesting. She had forgotten some of the cultural references.
I havent spoke this langauge since i was living with my grandparents as a little boy. Not useing it over the years i forgot or misplaced most of it. This is the best way to relearn the langauge and also for pure beginers. It amazes me just how much has come back to me since ive started listening. Hearing somethings remind me of other things and i remeber words and whole converstations slowly but surely. My girl has also gotten plenty of use from this also and is working hard to learn the language. Having never been to lithuania i got allot of complaments on my accent, its seems i dont have one :-). I owe the fine tuning of this to you, really. Some words i was saying like a child would, now i know better. HUGE HELP THANK YOU VERY MUCH JACK AND RAMINTA !!

5/5

By RTideas
Amazing work! Jack and Raminta have broken down a challenging endeavor--learning Lithuanian--in to bite-sized, high-impact lessons. The included PDFs makes for one of the best programs to learn a language I have seen. A very entertaining way to learn an important, but lesser known language.
Hi Jack and Raminta! I'm from Seattle and I want to congratulate both of you for making such a great podcast here. I'm from Seattle, and I started becoming interested in the Lithuanian language after the summer of 2007 when I met a really cool Lithuanian girl named Daiva in Sweden. We were both attending a month long Swing Dance camp in the small Swedish village of Herrang. I knew next to nothing about the language, so I took it upon myself to learn as much as I could when I got back to the States. That proved to be a little difficult, as there really is not much available on the language. I bought a "Teach Yourself Lithuanian" book, but without hearing native speakers, it's hard to really absorb it all. Unfortunately Lithuanian sort of fell into the background for me as time went on. About a month ago, Daiva and I just decided to start Skyping, so I super motivated to get back into learning the language for her, and I found your podcast. Long story short, you guys are amazing. I am going through each one starting from the beginning, and am trying to catch up. I truly enjoy listening to the little bits of Lithuanian culture at the start of each episode, and then fun and clear lessons to follow. The interplay between you two is so fun to listen to, and I feel like I'm actually taking a class. Keep it up!! I've been able to absorb so much more of the language because of this, it's not just words in a book anymore. I've been able to say simple sentences to Daiva over Skype, and I owe much of that to you and Raminta and Lithuanian Out Loud. You guys rock.
Labas Raminta & Jack. Aciu! These are such great podcasts that you both have made! Also, I just wanted to say Aciu, for making these wonderful learning tools free to all! These podcasts are deffinately at the level to sell and I really appreciate you giving your skills and time out for free to avid learners. I was born in America, but both my father and mother are of pure Lithuanian decent so I am 100% Lithuanian decent and very proud of it! My grandparents on both sides of my family live in America now too, but still speak Lithuanian. I have been learning a little Lithuanian from my grandparents, but now because of your wonderful podcasts I am able to learn even more! Aciu!!
I've been searching for so long, website to website, to learn this language. This is the best hands down. I see myself learning quickly and thoroughly! :D
This Podcast teaches the language in a fun and straightforward way that makes it simply and exciting to learn. They include bits of cultural information, exams to test yourself with and a print out at the end of each chapter with the words that you've learned. I'm 25% lithuanian and this podcast is helping me to prepare for a trip to lithuania that i'm taking in the spring.
I've wanted to learn Lithuanian for at least 20 yrs now and until the internet came along have never been able to find a good resource. Of the few I've found in the last few years this is my favorite! The lessons are very well put together and I like that they add history and culture. Thanks!
my great great grand parents were lithuanian. so i've been talking to my great grand mother a lot about lithuania and im very interested. i stumbled across yor podcast online and i love it! its so easy to learn and you guys are awsome. my goal is to learn at least 50 words befor the end of this year. wish me luck! -jacalynn
I wish I found this podcast earlier. My wife is first generation Lithuanian American and I've been trying to learn the language for years now, slowly picking up more. Since we had our first child we are speaking Lithuanian more with him and I've started to learn a lot more, but my Lithuanian us still very sloppy and full of mistakes. This podcast is great for me to listen to on my iPod going to and from work. Not only is the podcast format great, but compared to other Lithuanian language lessons I've listened to this is one of the best.
Jack and Raminta aren't "teachers" in the technical sense of the term, but they give accurate information in a good humored sort of way that makes me want to come back. I started learning Lithuanian on a lark, because my daughter was studying there at LCC International University for a semester. I used three websites, one from Lithuania ("oneness"), one from Austrailia ("Lithuanian Language Lessons") and Lithuanian Out Loud. Jack & Raminta's podcast keep me coming back like "Click and Clack" do on the NPR show "Car Talk." They do teach stuff but do it in a good humored way. I've also enjoyed the contributions of "Agne" from Vilnius and other guests. Jack & Raminta also went out of their way to resume the "quick response" lessons after I suggested it on their blog page. Thank you so much, and may the Lord bless you for your work, helping understanding between nations and peoples to grow.
I have recently started to listen to this podcast, and have found it to be highly informative. I have always wanted to learn some of the language of my ancestors, and this by far has been the easiest way I have found. Also, I had a question about my last name and what it could have been before my ancestors arrived here, and Jack promptly responded with a lot of good information. I will deffinetly keep listening and learning!

5/5

By Cibetik
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This podcast is an excellent way to learn Lithuanian, especially the vocabulary that is not covered in the beginning Lithuanian books. A very good tool to help you learn Lithuanian. Kudos to Jack and Raminta!
This truly is a fantastic podcast. Jack and Raminta do an excellent job of packaging the podcasts into small, easy-to-digest, bite-sized chunks, each with just the right amount of new information and repetition. Everything down to the background music is exceptionally well-done. I had no interest in learning Lithuanian and just found this on Itunes and was curious. I now find myself learning Lithuanian for no other reason except that I enjoy listening to the podcast. Geeky, I know, but hey. Many, many thanks to Jack and Raminta.
I am so proud of these two for the tremendous job they are doing, and the love they show each other, and love for for the Lithuanian language. I look forward to new podcasts, and learning along with Jack. Raminta's laugh is delightful and the enthusiasm she shows is infectious. Please keep the shows coming. Also, I appreciate the intermediate to advanced lessons.
Super podcast. I'm loving it!!!! Keep up the good work! Episodes "Justina Amerikoje" are great!
I am so happy that this is available to learn lithuanian. My grandparents are both from Lithuania, and were especially excited when we visited recently and I walked in at said labas. Then I said a few other things in lithuanian, and my grandfather almost started to cry, What a wonderful gift you have given me to share with him. Really, when you consider my grandparents are in their 90's, there was no gift that money could buy, that could have given them such joy. Thank you, Raminta and Jack.
Thanks so much for all the time and effort that must go into doing this podcast. I have been making half-hearted attempts to learn Lithuanian for years, and this is the first time I've had success learning some of the language. It's very entertaining to listen to you both, and I appreciate hearing about things like Baltic mythology at the beginning of each lesson.
I among the few Lithuanian Americans in Saint Paul MN trying to relearn Lithuanian, and this podcast is OUTSTANDING! Just enough vocabulary and grammar are presented in each lesson, along with facsinating (to Lithuanians, at least) :-) cultural and historical information that will help me when I make my first trip to Vilnius. Growing up in a Lithuanian household that was assimilating meant not a lot of attention was paid to our history, so the lessons are filling in holes for me. (Lots of attention WAS paid to food and mushrooms, though!) Aciu Jack and Raminta!
My in-laws speak Lithuanian, and now I am learning a few phrases to share. Thank you Raminta and Jack.
I really enjoy these shows. I never really thought about learning Lithuanian and came across this podcast by chance. It has opened up a whole new interest for me. I think the language is really quite beautiful and it is presented in a fun, easy to understand format. I like it that the lessons aren't really long. I can listen to them on my lunch break and there isn't so much material that it is overwhelming. Besides that the hosts really seem to be enjoying what they are doing so I think their enthusiasm is infectious. Thanks for putting these together - great job!

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5/5

By KiwiYa
I can't add any insightful praise that hasn't already been showered all over this podcast (however much it deserves it). However, I can say two things. One; wow. And two; Jack and Raminta, ACIU, ACIU, ACIU. I really love you guys, and I hope you know how much better your lessons are than 99% of 'language courses' on itunes. <3
I’ve always wanted to learn Lithuanian and now I can finally learn! I am half Lithuanian (my mom’s family came from Lithuania) and I’ve always wanted to be able to understand the things they have said or letters from family still there. The podcasts are great to listen to and are never dull. I like the stories and cultural notes given at the beginning of the lessons. They are fascinating to listen to and give a lot of insight into the people. Each lesson is easy to follow with explanations for the tricky stuff and slow pronunciation so we make sure we get it right. The quick responses (or exams) are very helpful. They are short and cover things that have been taught so far. They help to reinforce what you’ve learned and make it so you can respond without having to think about it first. Ačiū už viską, Raminta ir Jack!
I enjoy listening to this podcast. I like the pace and the friendly feel that Jake and Raminta give. My only compliant is that when you hit the info bar to see the words the text is all pushed together or in some podcast it doesn't make sense. I hope they do a PDF file so pepole can see the spelling and translation of these words easier. I like to read words outloud to help them stick in my mind. Overall this a great podcast. Add a PDF file and it could go from great to awesome overnight.
This is a great podcast. I can't tell you how much it has helped me with my Lithuanian. The instructors are very fun to listen to and make the information very fun to learn. I especially think Jack is cool. Together Jack and Raminta make this one of the best podcasts I've ever listened to.

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5/5

By cami11
Before I heard this podcast, I had no particular interest in Lithuania. In less than a week, Raminta and Jack have me so enthusiastic that I find myself thinking about Lithuania/n/s on and off all day. Please listen to the show. You will learn a beautiful language, gain knowledge of Lithuanian culture, and feel happy. The quality of the lessons exceeds that of many expensive language materials I've used. I could go on and on. Overall, an inspiring use of technology and well worth the time. Mashallah. Thank you Raminta and Jack for sharing this with us. Keep it up!
I've been trying to learn some Lithuanian for an upcoming trip, and this podcast is a fabulous introduction to the language. I can't wait to visit Lithuania, and use the language. Until then, this podcast is a lot of fun to listen to, and the Lithuanian language is absolutely beautiful. Aciu, Raminta and Jack!
Learn the basics and a few extras! Jack and Raminta are a fun energetic pair that will make you smile and laugh while learning Lithuanian language and culture/ history tidbits. I like that on top of the basics and helpful phrases, you also learn more fun terms and phrases. Also hear Lithuanian spoke by a multitude of native speakers and hear whole conversations in Lithiuanian, that are later analyzed. Thank you Jack and Raminta
I know where to go to learn Lithuanian!
Hi everyone! Raminta and I just wanted to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for following our podcasts. You've all been great and we look forward to a long relationship together! Viso gero! ~Raminta and Jack :)
Jack and Raminta, you two are great! Thank you so much for taking the time to do these podcasts. I very much enjoy not only learning the language, but also learning about the country and culture of Lithuania. I started listening to this podcast because a good friend of mine is Lithuanian. I just wanted to learn the basics as a gesture of friendship, but I enjoy your show so much that I haven’t stopped listening yet! You have mastered the mix of education and entertainment, keep up the good work. Viso gero.
This podcast is an excellent addition to whatever you are already doing to learn Lithuanian. Raminta (a native speaker) and her husband Jack, provide informal but very informational lessons that walk you painlessly through learning grammar and vocabularly. There are also enjoyable tidbits about Lithuanian history and culture in each lesson.
My grandparents were from pre-WWI Lithuania, but I didn't learn the language from them, only a lifelong desire to explore all things Lithuanian. I've spent a lot of money on CDs, books and travel in my quest and am now delighted to find this podcast. Raminta and Jack are gregarious, funny and quite generous in this offering of free lessons sprinkled with interesting history and folklore. I highly recommend this to the beginner, even the intermediate student; *before* you invest in the expensive and rare teaching materials out there. I've learned new words and phrases, and even though many of the earlier sessions were a review for me, it makes my heart sing to hear Lithuanian spoken "out loud"... Raminta and Jack, you have created something new and precious, please keep it up!
I am one-quarter Lithuanian and one of the few people in my family trying to learn Lithuanian. Thank you for helping me help keep this part of my heritage intact. Raminta and Jack, thanks again for doing this. My family's Lithuanian name is Kaminskas, from what I researched that's the 163rd surname alphabetically.