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PostPosted: 2010 01 24, 11:44 
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Hi,

I can't find info on how it is said in Lithuanian.

It is something like... Spausti...

vienetą, dvejetą, trejetą... how far does it go and how do you say it?

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PostPosted: 2010 01 25, 12:43 
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(pa)spausti, spaudžia, spaudė
spaudinėti, spaudinėja, spaudinėjo

(mygtuką?)

vienetą, dvejetą, trejetą, ketvertą, penketą, šešetą, septynetą, aštuonetą, devynetą

And that's all, but I'm not sure I understood your question.

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PostPosted: 2010 01 25, 13:48 
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Yeah, you understood it. Sometimes on the phone they can say like: "If you want this option, press 1... if you want this option, press 2..." and so on. I have heard it said in Lithuanian, but couldn't find info on it...

So you understood my question. The main question was not how to say the word 'press', but how to say the numbers after that.

Thanks.

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Yes, we either say vienetą, dvejetą, etc (the actual buttons), or vieną, du, tris, keturis, etc (just the numbers):

spauskite vienetą arba ketvertą
spauskite vieną arba keturis

Vienetas/dvejetas/etc are more common, because vieną/du/etc can be ambiguous:

spauskite 'penkis mygtukus' (five buttons at once) ar 'penkis' (button number five)?


On another note, it happens to be a coincidence that we only have these -etas names only between 1 and 9, as are the numbers on the phone (1-9). Only zero is 'nulis' (spauskite nulį). If there was a button with 10 or 11 written on it, we would say 'spauskite dešimt, spauskite vienuolika' :).


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PostPosted: 2010 01 25, 18:07 
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From this page: http://www.debeselis.net/numbers.php

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Collective Numbers

Lithuanian has these nine collective numbers: vienetas, dvejetas, trejetas, ketvertas, penketas, šešetas, septynetas, aštuonetas, devynetas. They work like nouns of the first declension with the ending -as. Their meaning is best illustrated with the English word six-pack (šešetas). In Lithuanian collective numbers are most often met when signifying marks in schools. For example: Gavau septynetą iš matematikos. I got a seven in maths.



If I'm not mistaken, they can also be used to refer to playing cards

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Yes you could say dvejetai to refer to the twos, but I wouldn't ever say that, although I've heard some people say so.

For cards it is dvejukė, trejukė, ketveriukė, penkiukė, šešiukė, septyniukė, aštuoniukė, devyniukė, dešimtukė, though more commonly people use a slavic suffix -kė or plain slavic words: dvoikė, troikė, ketvirkė, penkė, šeškė, septynkė, aštunkė, devynkė, dešimkė.


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PostPosted: 2010 01 25, 18:27 
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I've played Uno with lithuanians, a card game where you don't use normal cards, just some with the numbers in a particular color printed on them. And while playing, I've heard them call the cards with collective numbers, and not those you've said. Can it be because they are not common cards?

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lol yeah in Uno you can surely say vienetai, dvejetai... devynetai. In usual cards you usually have to specify the symbol too: būgnų tūzas (ace of diamonds), vynų dvejukė (two of spades). You won't hear people say vynų dvejetas, only dvejetai (without meaning any particular symbol).

But it's only a matter of habit. If you keep saying vynų dvejetas, būgnų trejetas the next time we play, you might make me and everyone else say that all the time :D.


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