Romanian similarities to other romance languages?
i have not heard much of the romanian language and i was wondering if anyone has any knowledge of this language.. more specifically the similarities in grammar/vocabulary of other romance languages.. i did a quick check on wiki, but i'd like to get a personal response (preferably someone who knows romanian?). thanks :)
I heard that the vocab is somewhat similar to other Romance languages but not as similar as French, Spanish, and Portuguese vocabulary are to each other. However since Romanian has 5 cases, the grammar is more similar to Latin and Slavic Languages - so get ready to learn how to decline nouns on top of conjugating verbs.
You know how verbs conjugate based on person, tense, gender, etc.? Nouns decline (change form) based on cases. Each language uses a different case system. Even English uses three cases, but only pronouns decline. Nouns (even the names of people) decline in languages that use more cases such as Latin, Slavic languages, Romanian, Hungarian, etc.
Here's a pretty thorough explanation of cases:
I know Romanian fairly well since my parents are Romanian. That said it's basically the closest language to classical Latin structurally. It has Slavic words, just like the French has Germanic words and the Spanish/Portuguese have Arabic words. I would say the closest living language to Romanian is Italian, both written and spoken. Spanish and French are probably next, Portuguese is last, simply due to the pronunciation. If you know any one of the latin languages well or fluently, learning another one is easy. When I learned French at school( I'm from Canada), I felt it to be easier to translate the sentences from Romanian, rather than English.
I've two few times read something in Rumanian (and I barely understood it), and, if like, visually, it seems more similar to a western-slavic language than to a romance one (I mean, like the appearance, that it has a lot of áccênts ànd thăt kínd ôf thìnğs xD). Once I heard something in Rumanian and it sounded similar to Italian, but I couldn't understand much of what was said, though I do understand spoken Italian. I've read it has much vocabulary from Slavic languages rather than from Romance ones.