High School students teach Lithuanian to eFP Battlegroup soldiers
RUKLA, Lithuania - A
group of soldiers from the NATO enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battlegroup in
Lithuania have been taking part in a Lithuanian language course conducted by
local students at a high school in Jonava.
Colonel René Braun, commander of the Battlegroup, who attended one of the
lessons, said that it is important for the soldiers be able to interact with
the society of the host nation. "And when they can go to our kitchen during
lunch times and say "Laba diena" (good afternoon) to the staff, it brings
smiles to their face as well. So everybody benefit," said Braun.
Ralio high school, close to the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania
base in Rukla, hosted the course with 13 students teaching. Although it is
virtually impossible to learn a language properly in only four lessons – let
alone a difficult language like Lithuanian – the soldiers learned some phrases
and words useful in Lithuanian daily life. To start with, expressions like "ačiū"
(thank you) and "Geros dienos" (have a nice day) can come in handy.
school director, Arūnas Rimkus, was very pleased with the course, adding it was
very beneficial to the students, both educationally and socially. He hoped that
the same would apply to the members of the battlegroup.
all, four lessons were held, with the last course taking place on Friday, Oct.
26, 2018. This is the second time members of the Battlegroup attended such a
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