I am not to used to write so much per one day, but I had to share with you with today’s conversation with my brother.
We just adore sushi and today we decided to order them. After I asked my brother:
-What do you think about life?
Randomly question, right? But he stopped, seriously looked at me and answered being absolutely sure:
-It is a shit, and a little bit good.
I asked why do you think so? Because he is only 13 years and after his words I was shocked:
-Because for good things we have to work twice as much.
Simple sentence with simple meaning, but, my dear friend, today I was so happy that my brother is used to think more than he had. He does not have good marks in the school. He hates it. Like me in the past.
My dear friend, I just wanted to say, your regular marks show nothing. Show to the World, who you are.
And he will answer. Like you, my dear friend, because you are still reading it.
Today I am not going to talk about politics, morality or something like that. No, today I am going to teach you.
I was born in family with three mother tongues. ( So, sorry for my broken English). Of one them is Lithuanian with 3,0 million native speakers and spoken in Baltic region. If you are interested to learn more about this language history, click here.
But now, let’s study.
First of all, Lithuanian alphabet has 32 letters. To see all of them and to hear the pronunciation you can in this video from youtube.
But it is not the most important thing, because Lithuanian phonetics is not so killing as English. And to learn to introduce yourself is more useful. So, let’s try.
My – mano [ mano:], name – vardas [ vardas], is – yra [ i:ra]
So, the sentence My name is Victoria sounds as – Mano vardas yra Viktorija.
How it could be seen, we pronounce how it is written. Then.
I am Victoria is Aš esu Viktorija. ( The word I – aš, we say as [ aʃ ])
How to say Hi:
Good morning – labas rytas
Good evening – labas vakaras
Good night – labanakt
In Lithuanian we have Good day – laba diena. ( Between morning and evening.)
Hi – sveikas
Hello – labas
Welcome – sveikas atvykęs ( in the word atvykęs ęs you pronounce as in the word cat.)
How are you? – Kaip sekasi?
Good – gerai
Bad – blogai
Not bad – neblogai
WE DO NOT SAY I AM GOOD OR I AM BAD. WE USE ONLY GERAI OR BLOGAI.
Thank you – dėkui, ačiū
You are welcome – prašau
at home – namie; home – namas
where? – kur?; in the school – mokykloje, in the garden – sode. ( we use grammatical case, but about it later if you would be interested, my dear friend.)
To – į ( as in the word key); to the school – į mokyklą, to the job – į darbą ( grammatical case again)
From – iš as [ iʃ ]) fro airport – iš oro uosto, from train station – iš autobusų stoties ( grammatical case again.)
Some more words:
Country – šalis, city – miestas, street – gatvė
a job – darbas, a school – mokykla, a student – studentas
First – pirmas, second – antras, third – trečias
A bag – kuprinė, minute – minutė, a desk – suolas
Can you reapeat? – Ar gali pakartoti?
How to write this? – Kaip tai parašyti?
Where is it? – Kur tai yra/ randasi? ( if we talk about place)
What is your name? – Koks tavo vardas?
How ols are you? – Kiek tau metų?
DO NOT FORGET, NMY DEAR FRIEND, WE DO NOT MISS LETTERS. WE PRONOUNCE AS IT IS WRITTEN.
So, I think, for today it is enough. I know, I am not the best teacher, but if you would be interested to know something more, write to me.
For the end I leave one Lithuanian song here. It was made for children, so just take fun.
I have to finish my black tea. So, have a nice day, my lovely friend.
I know, you are busy, but… Make a break and look around yourself. When you are nervous, when you are late or upset, you miss so many things… My dear friend, live today, live minute-by-minute, live for yourself.
Here is my photo made in one cafe. Just daily routine.
After one week here will be my birthday and, to be honest, for me this day does not mean so much like should. But this year I decided to change one thing – I do not want to get anything, I do not need a big party… I decide to give something.
Yeh, you have read well. For my birthday I would like to give something.
First of all, let me say, I am so happy, that you are here. And I do not want to moralize you. I only want to show, how much we, people, can do.
And I do not talk about saving our Earth from Global warming, pollution, tuberculosis, corruption or coming ( or not) Third World War. No, I am not talking about so global things. Enough to look around yourself. Not only we need to get help. Not only we want to be saved.
My dear friend, look around the streets, animal shelters, your neighbors houses. While you cry for your shoes, your hair, your clothes, here are many pets, that do not have food, toys and normal family.
I agree, here are many children too who had not happy childhood and good parents. But let’s be realistic – to adopt a pet is easier than a child. And at least you will make someone happy. Someone, who will love you forever.
But like I have said, I was not ready to moralize you. Here is my story, how I first time met Bon Bon.
In 2017 summer I decided, I do not want to work, I want to do volunteering. Before I have never tried it, because my family was against that, but finally I did it and finding one of animal shelters in my city, I called to them with question, maybe I could help with something. And I was so satisfied running to one organization next day.
As I remember, all my life I love animals. I always wanted to have a dog or a cat. That day was memorable to me. Because I met my small westie dog ( The West Highland White Terrier). When I asked about him, the leader of this organization has said, he is sitting here already two years and no one put him. Pure westie was sitting there two years and, my dear friend, do you know, why?
It is not because he is angry, he does not love people or is not smart, because it is absolutely on the contrary.
My dear friend, it is only because we, people, are used to have new things. Pityingly I can say that animals for us are just things. And when we are tiered of them, we throw them away. As it was with Bon Bon. So cute name for so long story. Did you know a bonbon is a sweet or small confection, especially a small bun coated in chocolate?
But… Returning to our story about Bon Bon. Amazing dog, amazing mind, amazing creature, which had terrible past.
At first this puppy squad was made for business. People, knowing that animals are helpless, used them for their own purposes. Bon Bon was one of them.
But someone called to the organization of saving animals and all dogs were taken away to animal shelters.
Two years Bon Bon was waiting for someone who would take him at home. His only dream was to have a family. And when the first time I saw him, I fell in love. After another three days Bon Bon already was at our home. He did not know, how to play, how to walk and where to sleep. He was afraid, we will take away his food and will leave him on the street after first walking outside. But now he is happy. He is a part of our family.
My dear friend, I am not waiting for good comments or respect. I just wanted to say, do not care only about yourself. You can do more, than you can imagine.
And as has said Antoine de Saint-Exupery: ” You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed.”
I do not know, what
is your reason for being here, but I want to say thank you, because you let me
show my world. To share it…
But… Forget about my annoying introduction. In my first post I have written about my dream to visit Italy. Now I will answer, why…
I am from Lithuania. Here people are enough rough, angry, closed… Cruel and intolerant. Maybe someone could say, do not be so negative, your fantasies are too big, look around you, people are amazing… And yes, I believed to this fucking shit, which I have heard from my family, teachers, psychologists… But not friends… I did not have friends. Do you want to know, why? Because I am ginger. And in the school to have hair like mine is the worst thing, which could happen to child… Everyone… They mocked me and said, I am too ugly. Funny, right? You cannot be yourself and it is normal… I changed many schools and places… Everywhere is the same. Even in the university the girls from my course called me strange, ginger, freak, idiot. I only wanted to be accepted into society… But I am used. The life learned to get rid of emotions and I just was waiting for time, when I will get an opportunity to leave Lithuania, to leave people there, to forget my past and finally to get the future. After all my depression, loneliness, discrimination, sleepless nights in the library and doubts I though, I will be happy studying in Italy, where people are more open, tolerant, used to communicate with foreign students… But my stereotypes killed my dream… My dream about sunny place with amazing people… My pink glasses covered not only my eyes…
In August of 2018
years I had my first trip to Italy. I arrived to Milan Malpensa airport and
after long day decided to stay there for one night in one cheap hostel.
Yes, you can find
cheap place for one night in Milan, if you make booking in website booking.com.
I have payed 20 euros for one room with terrace and another 2 girls. I do not
remember, how many rooms were there – 3 or 4, but I remember two toilets and
bathrooms and one big kitchen. It was a hostel, so, do not expect something wow. But with absolute conscience I
could say, that hostel was only thing I liked in Milan.
Let see the view
from my side. If you are a foreign tourist, do not worry. You do not need to
know Italian language for communication with local people… Most of them even
are not Italians. During my travel I have met Russian woman, which had a
problem with city’s map, many Chinese, Spanish, Americans and emigrants (with them is
another story). But… Could you believe? In Milan I have not heard someone
talking in italian language? Even in the shops and hostel…
But maybe it is not so big problem. Maybe even it is not a problem. But let me tell, what does it mean to be a white and ginger girl there.
First of all, nobody looks at you serious. You are one more white girl, who came to find a boyfriend. You are a bitch, who wants to steal poor Italian guy. Who wants to get rich, to eat in the famous restaurants and bla bla bla… Yes, you are just a bitch and Italians are so amazing, so beautiful, so perfect, that because of them you left your country and arrived there to find l‘amore. They are nationalists. For them it does not matter, why are you here, who you are or something more than, you have never tried pasta? How is it possible? It is terrible… But not as that thing with emigrants, when they try to fall in love with every white girl, who has an European passport.
To be honest, I am very polite and tolerant person. For me it has never been important, which color is your skin, eyes, hair. How tall you are or what is your weight. All my life I am jealous to people, who have black hair and brown eyes…
My dear friend, if you are still reading this, do not forget, you are amazing. You are only one in the world. I will not find another person as you. Your friends too… Like your family and teachers…
But discrimination exists… I felt it in my country and I thought it cannot be worse, but I was wrong… In Milan are many emigrants. Many streets, where it is danger to walk for a white girl like me. Because for black people you are one more stupid white girl… But, human, the world has to wake up and understand one thing… If you are white, it means nothing. If you are black, it means nothing too. We are separated by skin color… And forgot, what does it mean to be a simple human. Without discrimination, sexism, racism and bullying.
I want to say thanks for this opportunity. Maybe your experience in this country was more successful, but I saw, everywhere people are the same. Just in Lithuania they mocked me because of my ginger hair and freckles. In Italy it was because of my too white skin and gender. I am only stupid young girl looking for adventures… I am not racist. I am realistic.
But, my dear friend, if you got my mind, it is time to make sure, what is
the color of your glasses.