A collection of idiomatic expressions in Lithuanian with English equivalents and translations.
|Akis apdumti||lit. “to put smoke in the eyes” - meaning you have been deceived by a conman, or maybe a beautiful person|
|Akis ganyti||lit. “to shepherd the eyes” - refers to when someone is admiring the view so much, they forget to pay attention to anything else around them|
|Bala nematė||lit. “the swamp didn’t see” - when you a huge dilemma and are trying to make a decision, you might say “bala nematė” and just go for it.|
|Eiti pas nykštukus||lit. “to go to the dwarves” = to go to the bathroom (used by children)|
|Man šakės||lit. “I have pitchforks” - said when you have some trouble and can’t see an immediate solution, or when you feel overwhelmed by problems|
|Neperšokęs griovio, nesakyk ‘op||Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched
(lit. “Don’t say “op” before you jump over the ditch”)
|Panosė šlapia||wet behind the ears (lit. “wet under the nose”) = to be inexperienced, to still be a child|
|Privirti košės||lit. “to cook some gruel”) = to make a mess, to stir up trouble|
|Varnas skaičiuoti||lit. “to count crows” - refers to daydreaming|
|Neskaičiuok varnų||Stop procrastinating / daydreaming (lit. “Don’t count crows”)|
|Kaip šuniui penkta koja||lit. “Like a dog’s fifth leg” - used to describe pointless actions or purchases|
|Nuo kvailumo vaistų nėra||“There's no cure for stupidity”|
|Obuolys nuo obels netoli rieda||The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree (lit. “An apple rolls near an apple tree”) - meaning: a child is similar to their parents|
|Žodis – sidabras, tyla – auksas||Silence in golden (lit. “The word is silver, the silence is gold”) - Lithuanians don't talk much, or smile, but at least they are good listeners and value silence as a main source of wisdom|
Idioms provided by Ruta Naujokaite, who makes the Lithuanian Dream Podcast
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