Learn Romanian

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Are you travelling to Romania? Or do you wish to learn a Romance language? Here is a brief introduction to Romanian as a language:

Romanian has many linguistic features in common with Italian, French and Spanish. Even though mutual intelligibility in terms of vocabulary is limited for the first two, the Latin origins offer a grammatical common ground for Romanian in respect to other Romance languages.

Alphabet[edit]

Aa Ââ Ăă Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg Hh Ii Îî Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp Qq Rr Ss Șș Tt Țț Uu Vv Ww Xx Yy Zz

Letter Pronunciation Example Translation Observation
Aa [a] aur [aur] gold
Ââ [ɨ] [ɨ din a] câine [kɨine] dog
Ăă [ɘ] ăsta [ɘsta] this (this one), informal
Bb [be] [bɨ] bebe [bebe] (little) baby
Cc [tʃe] [kɨ] cal [ kal] horse pronounced [tʃe] or [tʃi] before vowels E or I, and pronounced [k] before other vowels or consonants
Dd [de] [dɨ] dar [dar] gift, but
Ee []

Some words[edit]

Now that you know the alphabet, you can learn a few examples coming from the nomenclature of animals:

Bear - Urs

Bee - Albină

Bird - Pasăre

Butterfly - Fluture

Cat - Pisică

Chicken - Pui de găină

Cockroach - Gândac

Cow - Vacă

Deer - Cerb

Dog - Câine

Eagle - Vultur

Elephant - Elefant

Fish - Peşte

Fly - Muscă

Fox - Vulpe

Frog - Broască

other ways to learn Romanian ?[edit]