Hello! I am Romanian. I want to tell you that without the second verb it's OK. The sentece would be correct. I hope you will learn very well my language. I am a fifth grade pupil and I like so much English!
Same reason we say "You are a boy, not a girl." and also "You are a boy, you are not a girl." - both mean the same thing, but are written slightly differently. Or conversely - why say "You're a boy, not a girl." instead of "You are a boy, not a girl." - it's basically just that language isn't usually rigid. It's like how you can use e instead of este - that's basically like saying "she's" or "he's" instead of "she is" or "he is". They boy have the same meaning at the end of the day, but one might be more "strictly" correct even though both are acceptable and understandable.
Also maybe to help you, it would be "I hope you will learn my language very well" and "I like English so much". Not judging though cause i learnt english since i was born and i bet since ur learning it that u haven't. Just some helpful tips
Yes, indeed, it is correct too in Romanian, as in English, without the second verb.
I never knew Romanian was part of the Romance language family. It's interesting to see comparisons here to many other Western European languages (Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese) but also see similarities to Slavic languages. Unless I'm wrong, I imagine esti (sorry I can't do accents now) is similar to "jestes" in Polish?
Esti/este sounds more like latin origin if you ask me. Romanian: El este un om. Spanish: El es un hombre. French: Il est un homme. (He is a man)
It's very close to both origins it seems. spanish: tu estas, french: tu es, portuguese: tu es. But the 'e' at the beginning is pronounced like "ye", very similar to the slavic ones.
Seems to be quite common in Romanian that you pronounce some words that begins with an E with the Y-sound before. El = yel. Ea = ya. Ei = yey. Eu = yeu.
Edit: I did some research and the words themselves are of latin origin but the pronunciations of the j/y sounds were of slavic influence.
You are right, and as far as I know approx. 10% of Romanian vocabulary is derived from slavic languages.
Does Romanian do the whole formality thing in other Romance languages like Spanish (tú vs usted vs ustedes)?
Yes it does. I can't remember it off the top of my head but it is similar to that.
I don't know as is usually in the live daily, but second personal formal and informal is true:
Formal Dumneavoastră sunteți (ru)= usted es (Spnish), você é (portuguese), Lei é (Italian), vous est (french) = you are
Informal Tu esti (ru)= Tú eres (Spnish), tu és (portuguese), tu sei (Italian), tu es (french) = you are
My understamding is that Romanian is the closest language to latin that is still in use today
My girlfriend is romanian buy fluent in italian and a bit of Latin and says italian is the closest
The question didn't understand. It can easily be He is a boy and not a girl. However the answer is YOU are a boy??? Pls clarify. THank you
It says "Tu ești" not "El este/" or "El e" - that is what makes it second person (you are) rather than 3rd person (he is). Edit: Never mind, this is already answered. LOL
"Tu" means "You" and this is because someone is talking to the person and telling them what some people would think the person should already know. You could use this to answer a small child asking why he looks different from his baby sister.
One could however take out the negative, "You are a boy and she is a girl." Why emphasize what someone is not? If he wants to play with dolls or something, that would just be hurtful. Boys need to learn to be fathers just as much as girls need to learn to be mothers. Even if you were explaining which restroom to use, I would put the emphasis on which place was which and not on the child.
Perhaps someone is not gender confused, but just mixed up the words from a different language, and the other person is just trying to correct which word is which.
Since when did bringing POlitics et.c, into LEARNING a language. I'm a very open minded person. If my son or daughter came out gay etc., I would accept them with open arms. The question was NOT about politics, or sexuailtiy or as you put it "Gender confused" the question was how we know which is the correct answer when the question is vague. I understand the question now, I'm been practising the language everyday. So its coming to me. But no need to include politics or whatever. This is a language learning website and should be FUN.
I gave you a lingo, Because you won the bingo. This language is just like latin, Go on, go up, go in
(I just hope that go up and go in don't mean anything.)
In reference to the question of which one of the Latin derived languages is closest to Latin, I agree that Italian is very close but in all fairness Romanian it is the only one that has kept the declension of names by adding a suffix depending on the logical analysis of the sentence. However has reduce the number of declension endings (cases) from 7 to 4 because dative and genitive are the same as well as nominative and accusative and doesn't have the ablative.
Absolutely! On the nativlang website they actually compared the Romanian noun declensions to those of Vulgar Latin... the similarity was nothing less than mind-blowing
the point's to learn a language, not to not hurt feelings. Italian had the sentences: "a penguin is dead", "the cat ate a bird", and "you made me hate myself." Gotta love that course ;)
Haha. Yeah, I know. It doesn't bother me. But I can imagine someone getting angry!
Well, if you are talking to a boy and tell him that he IS a boy (and not a girl) what is "politically incorrect" (or "wrong" in any way)? I really hope you were joking and tried to be ironic.