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hbud14 replied to the thread Taking the Leap on the Lithuania forum:
vanitoss initially posted:
My husband and I are both American born and moving to Lithuania within the next year for his new job. While he will have a new job, so far I will have nothing to do. How difficult is it to get a work visa in Lithuania? Once I get the Visa, how difficult would it be to get a job as an English speaker? Thirdly, are universities realatively accepting of English-speaking international students? I'm incredibly nervous about the whole thing, having never left the US before (let alone LIVED outside the US)
hbud14 replied most recently with:
Hi! I am "hopefully" moving to Lithuania in July of this year. My husband is Lithuanian and is currently living there himself. Getting a visa can be extremely difficult. Honestly, I have tried for more than a year to get a work visa and it is nearly impossible to find a company or workplace to fill out all the necessary paper work and then pay all of the fees. I think your best bet will be to look into to all the laws and see if there is some way you can get a spousal visa, since your husband will obviously be able to get one himself if he has the job. As for getting a job, if you can teach English it's not really that difficult to get a job. Most language schools that I have talked with really love Americans that come there to teach and plan on staying a while, but you have to have the visa before you get there. None of the schools I talked with would help me get a visa. I also definitely recommend talking Lithuanian language courses before you get there. Many people "can" speak in English, but if you only speak in English many people in stores and things of that nature will do their best to take advantage of you. They will consider you tourist. That being said I was able to find a great school online that taught me classes via skype and I am fairly fluent after about 5 months of classes. Good Luck to you! Lithuania is a beautiful country with some very amazing people. Have an open mind and embrace the new culture!
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Shmevus replied to the thread English to Lithuanian translation on the Lithuania forum:
Shmevus initially posted:
I would like to honor my grandfather with a tattoo in Lithuanian but do not trust google translate. Would anyone be willing to translate a single sentence for me?
Shmevus replied most recently with:
I'm an American. I just wanted some help and I believe I've got it. Didn't mean to cause controversy. Thanks to all
nerka replied most recently with:
dnyhan's mere assumption immediately became rikmo's science-based fact.

And the story went the usual way: no matter what the topic is about, just like all roads lead to Roma, all rikmo's posts soon turn and lead to how bad Lithuania and Lithuanians are.

Luckily for us, this time rikmo did admit that he might have been too brash and cheeky in his "estimations". Although small, that's still a progress. Good for you, rikmo.

One question remains though: who's the chimp in this story ?


When it comes to bridges lighting one's way - this expression, although not being that common, does exist in the anglosphere.

Interpretation of it's meaning can vary and still make sense even without a time machine. Although I haven't heard this particular phrase before, and despite the fact that it doesn't exist in Lithuania, it still immediately made sense to me - one's experiences from the cut-off world/past strengthens/helps him in his path forward.


And, lastly, I don't see how Shmevus earned the assumtion of not being a native English speaker.

I would assume the opposite: his English seems flawless, he mentioned his Lithuanian grandfather (ergo Shmevus is most likely 2nd generation expat), and two generation back in time Lithuanians mainly emigrated to US and Canada which belong to anglosphere.
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Davidsco posted Gargzdai on the Lithuania forum:
I am looking to take some quiet time out and I may have an opportunity for this near Gargzdai to study remotely. I am a single Uk guy comfortable with my own company but equally nice to have some interaction now and again-If anyonce could outline what kind of area this is I would be grateful-Places to hike?walk? climb? What are communications like-internet?TV? Is there much to see in the area? Any tips gratefully recieved
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rammy121 replied to the thread kaunas to šiauliai on the Lithuania forum:
andythevideoman initially posted:
HI I hope someone can help, i plan to fly from Dublin later this year to Kaunas, flight arrives 20:30 but train leaves at 16:30 (strange) so it would appear i would be stuck for some hours (whats the first bus to šiauliai) So does anyone know how to get from the airport to the bus station and from there a bus to šiauliai bus station. Sounds simple but i get lost trying to understand the websites showing what bus i should take. Is the bus stop far from the airport? Prices for bus to station and to šiauliai. I figure on the return trip the train will be fine as it will arrive in Kaunas before the flight. Hope someone can make sense of this Thanks Andy
rammy121 replied most recently with:
i'm not sure if you got a reply but anyway. from kaunas airport to kaunas central...if i remember rightly, there's a bus that does the trips. when you come out of arrivals (out of the airport), turn left...it's all there. check out the airport web site. the airport really isn't big. the train station and the bus station are literally opposite each other in kaunas. most young people speak english so it's not too hard to get around. good luck rammy
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rollinregan posted job placement on the Lithuania forum:
we are looking for person who can arrange sharing accomodations and job placement for new expats
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JakesJ replied to the thread Relocation company on the Lithuania forum:
JakesJ initially posted:
Looking for a professional RELOCATION COMPANY in Vilnius who can assist me in 'settling in'
JakesJ replied most recently with:
Appreciated, when I have all the data and am more advanced in the preparations, I shall be in contact, with thanks. Regards, Jakes
JakesJ replied most recently with:
Can anyone recommend a reliable Lithuanian relocation company who can assist with all issues relating to "settling-in," especially since I do not speak the language.
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Hi, I've been thinking for a while about leaving the UK and to take advantage of the EU, as the title says what job opportunities are there for Native English speakers?
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nerka replied to the thread Native English speaking students in Lithuania ? on the Lithuania forum:
nerka initially posted:
Hi to everyone. I want to come into contact with any students in Lithuania, who have English as their mother tongue. I can offer a part time job for those who are interested.
nerka replied most recently with:
Hi sbdagape, and thanks for your comment.

I am glad you have taken this decision to move to Lithuania (although even if it's not for good).

There is some truth in some of the comments though - more rural areas of Lithuania may seem a bit uncomfortable for foreigners. Not because of local habitants' bad attitude towards foreigners, but because of feeling of isolation, not having English speaking friends, and while when one's social circle is still small. Lithuanians themselves, who are used to live in Vilnius or Kaunas, start feeling isolation after moving to some distant rural area. So my advice for any foreigners would be to try to move to either Vilnius, Kaunas or Klaipeda.

But I am sure you will do just fine in Kaunas, especially when your own family have deep roots here. I have lived in that city for 5 years or so, and I think it's quite ok.
sbdagape replied most recently with:
Hi Nerka. The purpose of your post didn't get lost. My family will be moving to LT from the US within the year. My son and his girlfriend will be students in Kaunas. I am more middle aged and my husband is a Native Lithuanian and the reason we will be moving there. We have family and property there, but contacts with other native English speakers who are trying to adapt to the Eastern European culture and mindset can always benefit from some english-speaking friends. What did you have in mind as an income opportunity? By the way, I totally agree with your opinion of some of the previous posts. The problem with most Americans and Western Europeans is that they expect Lithuania to be just like them; they are not. Eastern Europe has a totally different mindset. If it was like the US, I would just stay here. Lithuania is beautiful and unique in it's own right.
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nerka posted Nordmenn i Litauen on the Lithuania forum:
Hei,

Lurer på om det finnes flere nordmenn som er fasboende eller på et lengre besøk her i Vilnius eller i andre byer.. Vi er noen få ungkarer som tar oss en ukes lang fest her i Vilnius (noen ganger iblant også i Hviterussland) i ny og ne. Har du ingen nettverk her, trenger hjelp med noe, eller bare skjeder deg, ta kontakt.
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klubworld initially posted:
I want to make friends with people in Lithuania who are honest, kind and open minded who have some knowledge of cars generally especially knowing about where to get good and cheap used cars.
nerka replied most recently with:
I have same practical experience in buying a cars in LT. Some months ago I started looking for a particular model. After several weeks of work making phone calls, sending emails, searching for information and contacts abroad, I found out that - here's the funny part:
out of the 20 cars of that particular model, 17 were clocked, i.e. the mileage was forged. Just as all of them were showing between 190.000 and 230.000 km., in reality they had rolled from 350 to 600.000 km., an average car having rolled approx. 480.000 km. Half of these cars' sellers wrote in their adds "true mileage"... Two of the cars I couldn't trace, one car's seller confessed on his own, and one had genuine mileage which I then bought.

So if there's anyone willing to buy a used car here, feel free to contact me, as I have learned many tricks in their book.
carlalfredmanning replied most recently with:
Iam in the car business in Lithuania and yes i would buy a used in Lithuania i only deal with new cars but often buy used cars in Belgium
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