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Added on March 10, 2015 05:07 pm

What Romanians say vs. what they mean: 20 funny Romanian expressions

There are plenty of expressions and sayings in the Romanian language, many of which very hard to translate. Foreigners who embark on a journey of learning the local language sometimes learn it the hard way. Romanians have their own funny ways of expressing feelings or talk about different things, but most of the time these […]

Added on February 24, 2014 12:53 pm

Essential Romanian phrases at work

Introduction Buna ziua, eu sunt noul vostru coleg/Hello, I am your new colleague. Ma numesc Y si sunt din Z /My name is Y and I come from Z (your country name) Voi lucra in departamentul X /I will work in the X department. Ma alatur voua ca sef al departamentului/ I am joining you […]

Added on December 20, 2013 01:27 pm

Practice Romanian: language lessons for the holidays

Breaks from work and holidays are the perfect time to learn new skills, including a foreign language. For those who want to learn Romanian, intensive practice is required. Here are a few Romanian language lessons to fill in the time between naps, lunches, skiing and all the other activities scheduled for the Christmas holidays. Christmas […]

Added on December 16, 2013 09:38 am

Romanian language lesson: Negation

Basic negation A clause containing the negative word “nu” expresses a negative meaning. The particle “nu” is placed in front of the verb / auxiliary verb / reflexive pronoun: Nu am timp. (I don’t have time) Nu am avut timp. (I didn’t have time) Nu voi merge acolo mâine. (I will not go there tomorrow) […]

Added on October 31, 2013 11:34 am

Comment: Learning Romanian – from the outside

I teach English to Romanians, so I understand how difficult it is to learn a foreign language. In fact, I recognize my students’ problems because of my own failed attempts to learn their language, Romanian. After 10 years in Romania, the level of my spoken Romanian might generously be described as “Advanced Beginner”. One major […]

Added on August 14, 2013 10:00 am

Romanian language lesson: To the airport

Some important phrases that you need to know when you are traveling are: Există zboruri directe spre București? = are there any direct flights to Bucharest? Cu cât timp înainte de plecare ar trebui să fiu la aeroport? = how long before departure should I be at the airport? Când pleacă zborul spre București? = […]

Added on July 24, 2013 02:11 pm

Romanian language lesson: Touristic places

Let’s imagine that you want to visit a city in Romania and you need some information. You can choose a tourist information office and you can ask some questions (play audio below): De unde putem să aflăm câte ceva despre oraș? = where can we get some info about the city? Scuzați-mă că vă deranjez, […]

Added on June 6, 2013 01:55 pm

Romanian language lesson: Prepositions

Prepositions are parts of speech indicating relations between words in a sentence. Romanian uses: –basic prepositions: a (of) lângă (next to) către (towards) până (until) cu (with) pe (on) despre (about) pentru (for) dintre (between) peste (over) după (after) prin (through) fără (without) printre (among) în (in) spre (towards) la (at) sub (under) –compound prepositions […]

Added on May 20, 2013 03:05 pm

Romanian language lesson: Article usage

The definite article is required: -when a noun is the subject of a sentence: Incorrect: *Carte este pe masă. Correct: Cartea este pe masă. -when a noun preceded by the preposition „cu” indicates the instrument, the association or the means of transportation: Incorrect: *Scriu cu pix. Correct: Scriu cu pixul. Incorrect: *Merg cu prieteni la […]

Added on April 5, 2013 11:50 am

[AUDIO] Romanian language lesson: Common places and signs

Names of common places Aeroport (airport) Bancă (bank) Bar (pub) Casă de schimb valutar (exchange office) Centru comercial (shopping center) Coafor (hairdresser’s) Farmacie (pharmacy) Hotel (hotel) Magazin (shop) Poștă (post office) Restaurant (restaurant) Secție de poliție (police station) Spital (hospital) Supermarket (supermarket) Billboards and signs Accesul interzis = engl. no access Apă potabilă = engl. […]

Added on March 29, 2013 11:45 am

Romanian language lesson: Parts of the day and temporal phrases

Parts of the day dimineață (engl. morning) prânz (engl. noon) după-amiază (engl. afternoon) seară (engl. evening) noapte (engl. night) în timpul dimineții (engl. during the morning) în timpul zilei (engl. during the day) în timpul serii (engl. during the evening) în timpul nopții (engl. during the night) dimineața (engl. in the morning) dis-de-dimineață (engl. early […]

Added on February 18, 2013 02:38 pm

Romanian language lesson: Foreign words in Romanian

During the last years, the influence of other languages over Romanian was powerful and a large number of foreign words have penetrated into Romanian. Some foreign words became very common and one of the most important spelling dictionaries, “Dicționarul ortografic, ortoepic și de punctuație”, has introduced them in its latest edition (2005). Currently the influence […]

Added on December 24, 2012 10:51 am

Romanian language lesson: Christmas and New Year’s greetings

The phrase “Sărbători fericite” (“Happy Holidays”) is used as a generic greeting for the winter holidays. Christmas greetings English Romanian Christmas Crăciun (plural: Crăciunuri) Merry Christmas! Crăciun fericit! Christmas eve Ajunul Crăciunului “Crăciun” is considered a neutral word in Romanian. Christmas is the Feast of the Nativity and is celebrated on December 25th. On Christmas, […]

Added on November 6, 2012 03:15 pm

Romanian language lesson: Ordering food and drinks

Aș dori să văd meniul = engl. I would like to see the menu Aș vrea o cafea, vă rog = engl. I would like a coffee, please Vreau un suc de portocale, vă rog = engl. I want an orange juice, please Aș vrea doar o salată = engl. I would like just a […]

Added on September 5, 2012 10:26 am

Romanian language lesson: Refusal phrases

Some popular refusal phrases and clauses in Romanian are: Nu sunt de acord cu tine (informal) (I don’t agree with you) Nu sunt de acord cu dumneavoastră (formal) (I don’t agree with you) Greșești (informal) (you are wrong) Greșiți (formal) (you are wrong) Nici vorbă (it’s out of the question) Resping categoric ideea (I definitely […]