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?
It took me long enough to find out what my favorite word in my own language is, but here it is...
(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 :-))
Copiii (/kopiji/) - "the children"
For the life of me, I have never seen such an amazing word. XD
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)
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))
"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
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...