English Speakers learning Romanian
I am having a great time learning Romanian so far. Is anyone else out there learning Romanian?
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.
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 :-)