Why did you want to learn Romanian?
I am low-key studying Romanian because both Bucky Barnes and his actor, Sebastian Stan, speak Romanian. What about you? Why did you choose to learn Romanian?
I am learning Romanian because my parents are from there. They never taught me the language, and they told me not to learn it because there is no use for it in the United States. Sebastian Stan is one of the reasons I wanted to learn Romanian. Ever since I started learning Romanian, I dont regret not learning it because it's such a beautiful language and it's now my favorite language of all time!
I had already studied all of the other major romance languages, and have always been intrigued with Romanian. It being available on Duolingo was really what compelled me to get started studying it.
Having studied Russian in college and more recently Turkish on Duolingo, it is interesting to see how all of the languages I'm familiar with relate to Romanian (spontaneously identifying Turkish cognates is satisfying).
I also think Romania is a misunderstood country by some and a totally neglected country by most. That intrigues me. I was in Romania for a few weeks some years back, and for the most part it was a really nice and beautiful country.
Plus: Romanian sounds cool.
I heard Sebastian speak the language and completely fell in love. Plus, it's sounds absolutely beautiful. It's so incredibly different from my language, which means I have no base at all in it--that makes it even more intriguing, and a very enjoyable challenge for me. :)
I've taken interest in the entire romance language branch of the language tree. Spanish is my most sought after as far as the pursuit of proficiency goes, but I am exploring the entire branch, the differences/similarities, and appreciating the result of my established foundation in on language allowing me to better understand its language relatives, including Romanian :)
I love Sebastian Stan and I will always have a soft spot for Bucky Barnes. I watched a 31-minute interview of Sebastian Stan speaking in Romanian and I fell deeply in love. There are also those times where a fan spoke to him in Romanian and his face lit up like the fan just made his day. He's the only actor I know who speaks Romanian.
Don't be ashamed or embarrassed that an actor inspired you to learn another language. As Sebastian once said at Wizard World, "Finally people are speaking Romanian, otherwise we'll never get on the map."