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I am having a great time learning Romanian so far. Is anyone else out there learning Romanian?

November 26, 2016



I am not a native english speaker but I really really enjoy the Romanian course and fell in love with the language. I'll even cook Romanian food tonight - Ciorbă cu perișoare.


hah, nice... try Ciorbă ardelenească next time (Transilvanian soup)


Or even Ciorbă moldovenească (Moldovan soup) :-)


What is Moldovan soup? What are the ingredients?


I have been waiting for this course for some time. Taking my time to get through it, trying to let concepts sink in. I have plowed right through some of the other courses.


Me, I can't wait to go to Rome to use my new language skills. ^^


Romanian is spoken in Romania* not Rome :-)
A common mistake, it was probably sarcasm, I don't know... :-)


I was excited seeing the Romanian course. I have visited the country many times and I understand the language pretty well, but grammar is another story!


I am, and I'm surprised on how similar it is to French. I hope you're doing well with learning Romanian! ^ ^


I think there was a major purge in the 19th century, followed by a massive import of French loanwords.


Yes, and I'm loving it! The perfect mix of Italian and Russian!


I wouldn't say that. Russian vocabulary is quite different to most other Slavic languages. I speak Ukrainian and the thing most difficult for me is the vocabulary. For example; The word drug means friend, the Ukrainian word is druh, the female form is podruha and that's how we figured out that drug was related to the Polish and Romanian words przyjaciol and prieten. Another example is the word for horse loshad' in Russian kin' in Ukrainian and kon in Polish and Bulgarian.

So really it's more a mix of Latin and Slavic.


I wasn't trying to be linguistically correct! I as a linguist know that it is actually more similar to Proto-Slavic/Romance, and I am happy you know it! My point was that other languages I knew prior to learning Romanian helped me understand it!


To add specifics to it, [the Slavic influence] comes from Old Church Slavonic used in the Orthodox church. It was the main language of the Romanian Orthodox Church until the 17th Century and while they attempted to keep it pure, regional influences from different Slavic neighbors immersed into the language. This Wikipedia article explains it better than I can :-)


I did not know we could learn it yet!! I am so happy!!


Yes! I am! I have been waiting for this course for almost two years! :D It is amazing to finally be able to after I had to stop Live Mocha.


I am! I was waiting for Romanian since it was at 6% in the incubator and I'm extremely glad it is finally out. I plan to devote a lot of time to it but I'm even more excited for when the mobile version comes out.


I am relearning it and it is a lot of fun!!


Yes, I am loving it though it's a bit of a surprise grammatically! There are some big differences from the other Romance languages that I wasn't expecting!


Like the latin case system Romanian still uses? Although Romanian only retained 3 declensions for nouns. Nominative/accusative, genitive/dative and vocative.


yess me! i'm half romanian and hoping to visit next year maybe with a friend, so i'm trying to learn as much as i can.


Is romanian easy or hard to learn


depends on which languages you already know. If you know English or especially any Romance language, it’s easy. Although it’s probably the most difficult among the Romance languages due to its grammar.


Hopefully it will be good enough for a vacation.

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