What are your reasons for studying Romanian?
As a polyglot, I have a different reason for each language that I've studied and as a native speaker of Romanian I'm very interested in learning what drives other people to study my language. So what got you started with Romanian?
I visited Romania in 1994 and loved the landscape and the people. I nearly took a degree in Romanian and East European studies, but chose science at the last moment, which was a big mistake.
I love the way the language sounds and I would love to go back one day. I'm two days in to the course and love it.
The national anthem situation in the UK is so confusing xD In football games and pretty much everywhere we use God Save the Queen. However, in England (where I come from) we don't officially have a national anthem. Our unofficial anthems are Jerusalem Land of Hope and Glory.
PS: It's not "My country 'tis of thee" it's "God Save the Queen"
The tune is thought to have originated in the 1630s, and was printed with the lyrics for God Save the King in 1745. By contrast, the lyrics for My Country 'Tis of Thee was written in 1831. So God Save the King is at least 86 years older, probably more, and the tune is two centuries older than My Country 'Tis of Thee.
Aren't there 4 eastern romance languages? (Romanian, Aromanian, meglano-Romanian, Istro-Romanian). Apparently some Italo-Dalmation languages are sometimes considered eastern romance languages too by some however I haven't really done much research on italo-Dalmation languages so im not really sure what they're classified as.
It's always been one of the more interesting Romance languages to me, probably mostly because it's less typically learned.
But now that mild interest is receiving extra impetus from the fact that I sometimes visit a Romanian church and would like to be able to understand it better. If it weren't for that, I'd probably have picked a different language before Romanian, but as it is, I waited to start a new language till Romanian came out.
A couple of years ago we started hiring some Romanians on my team in the company where I work. Since then I've visited Romania several times, and I lived in Bucharest for 9 weeks last summer. My Romanian colleagues all speak good English, but I love the idea of being able to get to know them in their own language. I've loved learning about Romanian history, culture, art and architecture.
I enjoy studying foreign languages in general.
Eurovision 2015. The Romanian entry was by far my favourite. Deeply moving and powerful. And it really showcased the beauty of the language. I wanted to learn because of that. It doesn't hurt that Romania has a wealth of archaeological discoveries dating back to the earliest human occupation of Europe, giving me a good excuse to visit when I can afford to, so knowing some Romanian would be a good idea for that too.
My father and his side of the family are Romanian (and my mother is Danish). I met my father about 4 years ago, but since my father moved to Spain with his new wife and two sons I focused mainly on learning Spanish so I could communicate with them, since it was simply easier to find Spanish teachers here in Denmark. However, I'm very glad that Romanian is now available here on Duolingo, since it is my family's language after all and the rest of his side of the family only speaks Romanian. I'm really hoping to learn enough to be able to communicate with them one day, but the language is so different from anything else for me. Does anyone know some nice websites for learning Romanian that can be used to supplement Duolingo? I feel like I kind of need to supplement Duolingo with something that goes more in detail with explaining the grammar rules etc. in order to understand the language more... Hugs from Denmark <3
Working in the industry that I do (agriculture), I've met people from many different countries. If they speak a foreign language, I get them to teach me a word/phrase from it. (I also buy a Lonely Planet phrasebook of said country/language, so I have a stack of over twenty at home. Of course, this was before I found Duolingo, etc.)
As for Romanian specifically: I encountered a truck driver at my workplace who was originally from Romania. I got him to teach me how to ask "How are you" ("Ce faci"). Some months later, another Romanian-born trucker came to my workplace...and you can imagine how his face lit up when I asked him "How are you" in his native tongue.
Long story short: I love surprising ESL people with their own language:)
As a native Greek speaking I would like to learn all Balkan languages. Romanian is the only Romance one. And moreover so many Greeks had been immigrated to Romania in the past, many of them are still living there and have families there. I have been to this country twice and I have many friends there. I wish I could go again. Also, in memory of my beloved Romanian friend D. with whom I had to speak in English or French, I wish I could speak with her in her language, a nice soul,one of the most gentle ever met. I wish I have enough time to study Romanian, as I have got involved in many languages already and I cannot have the time to learn all. Another criterion is to compare Romance languages. It seems that a good knowledge of Latin we had been taught at school make things easier. Even in English, that is partly a Romance language.
I started learning Romanian nearly three years ago. I have some Romanian friends. In 2014 I had the most amazing time of my life. I visited Cluj-Napoca, Chisinau in Moldova and Constanta. Since then I have returned four times. Now I have seen Sibiu, Ploiesti, Sinaia and a few others places. I love Romania and so much about the Romanian people and the culture. There are many Romanian people who speak English but there are many who don't speak English. I have an ambition to live in Romania one day, maybe not forever but for a year or so. Duolingo is helping me a lot. However, I have discovered that I really don't know so much of the language just yet.
I just love how it sounds. It's the perfect mix of Latin and Slavic languages. It's one of the most melodic languages in my opinion. And I also have dear friends who are Romanians. :)
Pur și simplu îmi place tare cum sună. E amestecarea perfectă a limbilor latine și slavice. E una dintre limbile cele mai melodice după părerea mea. Și am prieteni dragi care sunt români. :)
Corrections are always welcome! :)
Though mostly Irish, I have minuscule Hungarian ancestry (Szekleys from Romania), and I am strongly interested in both languages along with other Balkan languages like Turkish and Serbo-Croatian. Romanian is fascinating where it was the only Romance language east of the Danube to survive and thrive, and I love the influx of Slavic, Hungarian, and Turkish words with all of them impacting the sound and flavor of the language to varying extents. It is also the closest to Latin grammatically speaking, and I absolutely love the case system. Futhermore, I love the aesthetics of the language. All of the tails on the t's make me quite happy when I see them.
Ok, so I could give the answers about how it sounds cool, it's really interesting that it's a Romance language that sometimes doesn't feel like a Romance language - and that's really nifty. Also, I rather like the orthography.
But if you want the embarrassing truth? I'm currently mildly obsessed with Castlevania, which is set in Wallachia. ....So. Basically, vampires. (I'm...I'm so sorry to any Romanians - your language really is very pretty, and I'm glad I got curious enough to look into it! I'm just sorry it was because of vampires.)
After reading all of those interesting comments above, I have nothing to say/write. Because I was not born in Romania/Moldova, I don't have any Romanian/Moldavian relatives, friends or other acquaintances. And of course, I haven't been there, too. Thanks to the band O-Zone, I know how this language beautiful is and sounds incredible. Actually the pronunciation was not tough for me. Comparing with other Romance languages this one is unique, because it has Slavic influences(one of my native languages is Slavic). It also has cases, genders, which I find very interesting. In addition, I want to reach conversational/colloquial level to be understood by native speakers. I wish some day I would get to Romania/Moldova to see how it is like to be there and speaking Romanian. I think it would be unforgettable experience.
About a year ago, I fell in love with everything about Romania; the history, traditions, culture and language. It's such a beautiful country and I hope to finally be able to visit this spring and speak with the locals. I will not lie - that song Dragostea Din Tei by O-Zone also really persuaded me learn Romanian. I'd sing it and have no idea what the lyrics meant.
Hi! I'm not very adept in languages at all, but I can definitely say Romanian is one of my favorite languages to study by both book and website. The people I have met of Romanian relation are some of the kindest people you'll ever meet, incredibly forgiving when it comes to a beginner's mistakes. Plus, what a unique country! I'm definitely a big fan of Romania, would recommend the language!
I was curious about the language since I’ve been studying Spanish and wanted to learn another Romance languages :) French was a bit hard to pronounce and Portuguese and Italian were too similar and I didn’t want to confuse them with my Spanish. One day I heard Smiley’s song “De unde vii la ora asta?” And I never realized how pretty Romanian sounded. I’ve never heard the language before until I listened to that song. And when I learned that the language is closely related to Latin and started learning about the history I decided to learn Romanian ^_^
My husband and I will be visiting Romania in August. I thought I'd look briefly at the language, but I find it very nice and interesting, and since I have always wanted to learn a language that I knew nothing of beforehand, I figured it could as well be Romanian :-)
It helps that I speak French and have had a couple of years of Latin in high school.
I studied romanistics, ma professor was specialized in romanian language, so it should be my next language. Now I am teaching German to immigrants, many of them come from the balcan and from romania. They are all very nice and wonderful people, so i started to learn their languages as they have to learn my language.
I know this thread is kind of old, but I just love this language so much. I'm a native Spanish speaker, I also started taking English lessons since I was 12, to a point where I would consider myself to be fluent in the language. Recently, I started to grow an interestest in language learning. My school offered an introductory French course, so I took it. While I wouldn't consider myself fluent in French, I'm still proficient enough to a point where I can read and fully understand what I'm reading, and easily come up with semi-elaborate responses. Listening is a different story though, as a Spanish speaker I'm more used to direct phonology, for words to actually be said the way they are written, and French is really deviant of that trend. I'm at a point where I understand most of the grammatical aspects of the language, as they are not dramatically complex, yet can't seem to absorb things when they are being said. Romanian was the complete opposite, which is funny, since a lot of people consider Romanian and Spanish to be the least similar of all the Romance language pairs. I barely started to truly get into it a couple of weeks ago. The grammar is definitely more complex than either French or Spanish, as neither of them has the cases and declensions to modify nouns or even a "neuter" gender. Sometimes I can tell right away what most words mean, but other times you can truly see the Slavic influence on the language, making it tougher to determine the meaning of certain words. But in terms of phonology, Romanian is one of the cleanest languages I've ever heard. It follows that sort of mentality that if you can say it out loud, you can certainly write it. So far, I've only watched kid's TV shows dubbed in Romanian, mainly "The Amazing World of Gumball" or "Uimitoarea lume a lui Gumball". It's funny how despite the short time I've studied it, I seem to be able to understand more of it than I do of French (and I've been grinding French for about 7 months now). The words have a really pleasant rhythm and ring to them, since most are composed of open syllables that are delivered cleanly and delicately. It should also be highlighted that almost no one mentions Romanian when referring to Romance Languages, I only found out from one of Danna Alquati's videos (btw, she's great, she also said wonders about the country that might have influenced my decision to start learning its language). If French is the language of love, then Romanian is the language of the gods.