"You speak English and I speak Romanian."

Translation:Tu vorbești engleza și eu vorbesc româna.

June 1, 2017



I am confused as to whether it is "tu vorbești engleză/română" or "tu vorbești engleza/româna". And does including "limbă" in there affect the a/ă?

April 28, 2018


The standard variants are "Tu vorbești limba engleză" and "Tu vorbești engleza". In everyday speech, you are likely to hear people say "Tu vorbești engleză", but that is not literary.

You can use the form "engleză", i.e. without the article, in a sentence such as "Tu vorbești în engleză". This has a different meaning though; the difference is explained here: https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/218506/speak-english-vs-speak-in-english.

July 8, 2018


What is the function of using or not using "limba"?

April 14, 2018


Can you not drop "eu" and just say "vorbesc româna" for "I speak Romanian"? I was told you only need to say "eu" if emphasizing that 'I' speak Romanian.

May 9, 2018


Yes, but there are a few cases where including the pronoun adds clarity to the sentence. For example, "Vorbesc româna" could mean either "Eu vorbesc româna", "Ei vorbesc româna" or "Ele vorbesc româna".

About the Duolingo sentence "Tu vorbești engleza și eu vorbesc româna", here there is a contrast between you ("tu") and I ("eu"), so in this type of sentence the pronouns are included for emphasis and clarity.

July 8, 2018


I would also like to know the answer to Lauren189's and victorBeha1's questions. I find this confusing also. Multumesc!

June 24, 2018


I'm still curious as to why "limba" was not included in this sentence? Is limba always optional?

July 8, 2018


Still no answer on the româna - română question.

October 3, 2018


When do you choose voi and when tu? Can you always use both?

June 1, 2017


No. Voi is used to refer to more than one you (you all), or when being polite (someone you don't know well, or a large age difference upwards). Tu is used for an informal singular "you" (like your friend or your dog).

June 29, 2017


When being polite, you don't use "voi", you use "dumneavoastră". But the conjugation of accompanying verbs is indeed the same as for "voi".

July 8, 2018


Yes, pretty much. Except when the context strongly suggests one over the other.
(Note that this refers to the case where we're translating from the English "you" to Romanian.)

June 1, 2017


huh! another language program told me to always put "limba" infront of saying languages! im a bit confused :o

July 5, 2018


I got this question correct apart from "Eu", but it didnt tell me i was wrong for not including "tu". are some pronouns optional while others you should allways include ?

August 1, 2018


I tapped space between words but it didn't connect so my sentence was marked incorrect.

September 28, 2018
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