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What is your favorite word in Romanian?

Hello guys! I know the Romanian course is barely a week old, but since over 18,500 people have started learning it, I think there would be plenty of users who could answer this question: What is your favorite word in Romanian, and why?

November 24, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/lpaulger

lalelele, I mean you could write a whole song about lalelele!

November 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Loezel811
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That's also my favourite. How couldn't that word make you happy? :D

December 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DinhoDG
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You'll love this song, then!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnP7jcl6SNc

November 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/tvindy
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The link no longer works. Is it this song?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8g9ZNJXmJE

August 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SebastianMolin

It took me long enough to find out what my favorite word in my own language is, but here it is...

Chișleac

(northern-moldovan style of Chișleag)
This word is a dialectal Moldovan word meaning "sour milk" also called "lapte acru" in other parts in Romania.
When I was little, I would visit my grandparents in Moldova they'd usually have foods such as this one lying around... boy was it good! The word stuck to my memory and became my favorite :-))

November 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/IVIatjam

Awesome! I have saved your answer to the Romanian Moderator's favorite Romanian word discussion for the future :)

November 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/lexx_it
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After I read the word and before I read the comment I thought it must be something sour. Then I realized I was right

December 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TseDanylo
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Baiatul!

It just sounds so cool and exotic and was one of the first words I ever learned!

November 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/PirvuOctavian97

it also is suspected to be an ancient word, native to the balkans... since it has no relationship with other known words with similar meaning... must be how native east europeans would call their boys (p.s. in some regions it's used as "băiet")

November 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Franziska370541
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aşa şi aşa - it is not a single word. but it sounds so funny when somebody feels ashashashisha.

November 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/spektrix
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Fluture!

I've always loved this word. I've known it before and I love the way it sounds, as if it's the butterfly's wings flapping while it flies away :D

November 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/potestasity
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You'd be pleased to know that "a flutura" is a verb which can be used to describe what a butterfly's wings do.

November 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DevDave

It's nearly the same in English; "to flutter". "Fluture" sounds like "flutterer", as in "a thing that flutters".

November 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/potestasity
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Zdravăn

It can mean "sturdy" or "healthy". I like it because it has a Slavic roughness to it. It almost feels aggressive when pronounced :)

November 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/reventador
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"Pierdut".

It sounds so funny for me as a Polish native speaker. And its' meaning kinda matches what would Polish people think hearing "pierdut" in some context.

November 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/reventador
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I have a new favourite: "Știi" sounds beautiful to me.

December 3, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Kathleen315652

Liliac (bat) is my favorite so far. I'm just imagining a little lilac colored flying around :)

January 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/splittongue
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Liliac is inded the name of the purple/violet/white flower too, (the two are homonyms in Romanian).

Edit: I mean the flower from Syringa genus, which is the brother of the olive tree, and not the one in Liliaceae which gives lilies and tulips. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syringa

February 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Kathleen315652

I love it even more now!

February 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Arkadios200
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Copiii (/kopiji/) - "the children"

For the life of me, I have never seen such an amazing word. XD

November 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/IVIatjam

I think it is two "i"s, but I love that word as well!

November 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/PirvuOctavian97

it's with 3 "i"s when it's the subject

November 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/splittongue
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well, being the subject has nothing to do with it. Here for example it is direct object ”să nu-ți bați copiii” (”do not beat your children”). The first ”i” is the root of the word, ”copil=child”, the second is the plural mark (”L” transforms to ”i” for masculine, no exception from the general rule again, ”cal=horse, cai=horses”) (”a child, two children = un copil, doi copii” it only has 2 of ”i”) and the third ”i” is the definite article (again no exception, ”un cal, doi cai”, but ”caii=the horses”). Therefore, ”copiii= the children”.

Bonus: translate the following proverb ”să-ți dai cu tesla în (profanity referring to testicles) până îți ies copiii tâmplari” (or ”ca să iasă copiii tâmplari”) (a more dramatic version uses ”barda” instead of ”tesla”, both referring to the correspondent carpenter tools)

February 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/JimLeonard0
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for some reason I like the expression las-o baltă

December 4, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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golaveraj

November 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Amanesse77
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Fiii.

Such an unusual word.

November 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaAbovyan

I love soarece!

December 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/ionradoi1
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lubeniță =watermelon

December 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LuchairF
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Fiind - being. I just like the pronunciation :)

November 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/ali.alichello.at
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Guguluf!

November 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/_SallySparrow_

So far I think it's "scrisoare", I don't know why tho :D

November 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/pale_moon
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Bărbat

November 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LucaSim1985

Curcubeu or cercei... I still have to decide

December 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Adamache89

Tu ai, voi avem.

December 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/splittongue
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Ha ha, good one! (correct: "tu ai, noi avem, voi aveți", but we got the joke, when we were in high school we used to pick on some random guy/friend/colleague who had some random girlfriend and ask him ”și? când te însori, să avem și noi nevasta noastră” :P (and? when are you getting maried, so we can have our wife))

February 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/splittongue
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"fac". I was living abroad with my family for the last ~20 years. When we go shopping I have this sadistic pleasure to trick my wife into saying it out loud, when there are people around. Here in the corner of the world where we live it is not easy to buy cheese, for example, what you can find it is either extremely bad or extremely expensive, far away from what we are used to (for the people who don't know, Romanian cheese is one of the best in the world, :P). But the milk is cheap and good. Therefore, we do our own dairy products, including a very good home made cheese. When we pass the dairy departments in supermarkets, I stay behind, so we are forced to speak loud. We anyhow speak loud, because here everybody speaks loud, and nobody understand us, nobody speaks Romanian, and only very few people speak English, but they all know the English profanities... And then, you can hear me from behind, asking my wife "cumpărăm brânză?" (are we going to buy cheese?") and her reply "nu, luăm lapte și fac eu brânză" (no, we buy milk and I'll make cheese). But when she says ”fac eu”, all heads in the department store turn to us and stare... Then I crack out and my wife does not speak to me for half hour.. But the reconciliation is always nice :P

February 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/splittongue
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Another story, about 25 years ago we used to play Scrabble in an international team. People from around the world meet somewhere and have an international championship of Scrabble in English. I don't know if they still do it nowadays, I lost my interest long ago. It was a wonderful ambiance, where you could meet people from all around the world, with their own languages and cultures, etc. With some, we kept the friendship for years. After the matches (and between, sometime the events took many days) we visited nice places together, or stayed around a bottle of beer and a good dinner talking banalities. One of this talks was about Scrabble in own languages. Well, everybody was curious if and how Scrabble is played in Arabic or Thai, and we also used to make fun of German players, due to the impossible long words their language has, etc.., nobody was extremely curious about playing the game in a ”normal” Latin-alphabet language. But well, with such an occasion we discussed Romanian Scrabble, and what strange words you can have, and everybody (foreign players), but I mean absolutely everybody, was perplexed to find out (from another Romanian player present there) that Romanian language has a scrabble word with six vowels. Indeed, the word is ”ACIOAIE”, it is a scrabble (7 letters) and it has no less than 6 vowels, and in Romanian they are ALL pronounced (not like in English where you can ”skip” vowels if you don't like them, hehe). People who play or played Scrabble can understand why this is (somehow) significant...

February 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/SamuelCristea

I made a discussion explaining some of my favorite words in Romanian. If you want to join, here's the link: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22684603

May 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lixmage
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Its a close run thing between ceapa and bebelușului...

December 12, 2018

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For mi is vino!. Becouse is simmilar to Polish wino - wine.

December 16, 2016

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Wine in Romanian is "vin", .... the closest you can get to wino is "Vinul" - The wine.

December 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/geograful
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Vino is come! I know about it

December 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Adamache89

All you wino's!

December 17, 2016
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