what should i expect with this language? is it difficult?
It is more difficult than other Romance languages, but not that much. Pronounciation is, I would dare to say, easy. The language overall is also a lot of fun - Romance tongue with a Slavic influence. Enjoy!
But be aware that other Romance languages are way more useful. ("Useful" is a relative word, though. I am travelling to Romania in August. Learning at least a basic Romanian is useful to me right now. More than, for instance, Portuguese.)
The more i play with it the more i like. I live besides Romania and my language has nothing to do with Romance, nor slavic languages but still i often find familiar words. For example vinegar is 'ecet' and in Romanian its oțet (ț pronounced as c). Rața is duck and in my language you can say réce (however its more like a mallard, not a duck but they look nearly the same haha).
ț isn't pronounced as "c", this letter is actually only found in Romanian and to be honest, I don't know really know how to describe its pronunciation. It's kind of like how the Japanese pronounce "tsunami", but in English (, in the word tsunami,) you'd just drop the "t" and pronounce it like "soonami". You can listen to some pronunciations on forvo.com or Google Translate (I recommend the former) to see how it's properly pronounced in Romanian.
And another thing: the word for duck is "rață", not "rața"; "rața" means "the duck" although in some contexts, in English, "rața" may be translated as only "duck".
yeah lol i just read what i wrote.. correction; 'ț' sounds like the hungarian 'c', not the english one which is in most cases 'k'. my bad haha
Literele "ţ", "ş" sunt şi în limba cehă ("c", "š") şi rusă ("ц", "ш"), doar că se scriu altfel. La sigur sunt şi în alte limbi.
ț is pronounced like the combination of two letters in English: t + s = ts. For example, its or it's. And yes, in English, tsunami is pronounced with both the t and s combined just like in its. ț can also sound like the zz in pizza, but in North American pronunciation. I think Italians pronounce it slightly differently.
According to Wikipedia the English pronunciation is tsoo-NAH-mee, but maybe it varies depending on the type of English. I have heard a couple of people refer to it as tasami and I found it very amusing, although I have no idea where they got that from.
I think it's a pretty cool & fun language :)
Btw, I don't swear but if I say "I make a whip" in Romanian, it sounds like swear words lol so I play with my friends who keep trying to get me to swear...
LOL, I searched it up and was not disappointed.
The grammar is the hardest for foreigners. You can learn how it sounds phonetically, but you need to study a lot to understand the grammar rules. You may give it a try.
Îţi doresc succes şi multă putere de voinţă. :)
Dacă te referi la mesajul meu, atunci priveşte mai atent! Este o virgulă sub acestea. Textul este scris cu tastatura română, aşă că comentariul tău este nepotrivit în această situaţie.
Eu văd o sedilă pentru că semnul este legat de literă (adică nu este lăsat spațiu între literă și semnul respectiv). Dacă ar fi o virgulă, s-ar vedea spațiul dintre literă și semn, plus că se vede clar că semnul este încovoiat în loc să fie oblic, sau asemănător unei virgule...
Presupun că, chiar și cu tastaturile române, din cauza unor erori sau ceva, este o sedilă în loc de virgulă. Și oricum, pe orice site sau pe orice text român mă uit - oriunde - văd numai "ş" și "ţ" (cu sedilă). Probabil că odată ce a devenit populară, a început să se răspândească peste tot. Practic, nu mai vezi nicăieri virgula, ci sedila, și cam nimeni nu e conștient de această eroare; sigur, nu e ceva extraordinar, dar nu strică să știi diferența și să le folosești corect, măcar aici :)
Asta e chiar o pseudo-problemă. Ești nativ? Pentru că în scrierea de mână niciun nativ nu se gândește la virgule sau sedile. Important e să aibă ceva sub sau deasupra literelor respective, să fie clar că e vorba de Ț Ș, Ă, Î, Â.
Depends what it is your native language. For an English speaker, it's harder than other Romance languages, because Romanian has a case system, like German and Latin (probably the closest Romance language to Latin). I can say this language is a little bit harder than German, but far easier than Russian for an English speaker. If you are a French or an Italian native speaker, the vocabulary will be far easier than German and even the grammatical rules. As a native Romanian speaker, I can tell you that this language needs a lot of time to learn it, because there are many irregular forms that you will learn by spending time using this language. The great part of this language is the pronunciation, every letter has only one sound linked. So, you do not have to learn any pronunciation rules apart from few exceptions that you might encounter in words borrowed from other languages (especially English, but I assume you know English pretty well :) ). In the end, I can wish you "Multă baftă!" (Good luck!) if you want to learn Romanian. You will find a Romance language with a little bit of Slavic, Hungarian, Turkish influence and with more influence from French and English.
PS: Sorry for any grammatical mistakes, my English is not that great! :)
Not really its way easier than russian and only slightly harder than Spanish
Good luck with the verb conjugations in special. Also, in my opinion, it's the hardest Romance language because it has just so much forms for different cases, verb conjugations and quite a lot of words and expression that can't be really translated into English... Also, add to that the 3 genders. Well, if you want to learn just the basics, it probably won't be that hard, but, again, good luck nonetheless :)
Easy part is though, that every letter is pronounced as it is written, corresponding to only one sound (besides some very few exceptions, which are still, in my opinion, easy to master/grasp/learn), so the conjugation shouldn't be too troubling ;p
Also a good tip though, is, if you don't really know other more popular languages that well, you should really try to focus on them, not on Romanian, since it's not that useful of a language :)
It is the first language I tried on Duo Lingo and I found the teaching method good. The only trouble I can't speak the language much as I don't really get any practice. I like translating the sentences though, and have been learning it over a year now. Can vaguely read the health and fashion pages in a newspaper if I guess words. Is that any help?