Portrait of a Girl Self-Studying Romanian


I just wanted to make a quick post about my progress in Romanian. I've been studying Romanian for almost two months, and I've made SO much progress!!!

I happen to have a lot of free time right now, and so I thought I'd try an experiment: learn a language by yourself without spending a penny.

Romanian is a great language to study for this experiment, because there are honestly very few resources, so if I could do this with Romanian, I could easily do it with more commonly studied languages. That being said, that's not why I've been so dedicated to my Romanian studies--Romanian culture is jmecherie, but you're here, so you don't need me to tell you that!

The resources: Duolingo, LearnRomanianWithNico, native speakers (I met these people on language exchange sites, and I made some really cool friends!)

But anyway, that was it, not much to work with. I found some pdfs of Romanian textbooks online, but I found that they weren't that great, so I didn't end up using them much.

The progress: In less than two months, I completed the Duolingo tree, I write essays and send emails and message in Romanian, and just last night, I had my first conversation entirely in Romanian (It was very simple and lasted only about 15 minutes (actually, it only lasted that long because I had to pause a lot and occasionally look up words), but that's still progress!). Duolingo was a great for helping me to build a foundation to work from, and now I'm able to learn more about vocabulary and grammar just through using the language on a daily basis and communicating with friends. I definitely couldn't have done it without having this incredible resource at my disposal.

NB: It's really helpful to go through the tree multiple times. The first time, everything seems really overwhelming, but you get accustomed to it with practice.

I hope that if anyone happens to read this, they'll feel motivated to continue studying.

If anyone's interested, maybe I'll make another post around the six month mark to keep you updated.

Disclaimer: I speak French quite conversationally/fluently, so that was a big help. People without any foreign language background might not be able to progress so quickly--still, keep at it!!!

Pe curând,


February 17, 2019


I find what you are doing very interesting. My grandmother was from Transylvania and I did a few units in Romanian before deciding to concentrate on my grandfather's language, Swedish. If you can find a Romanian Orthodox Church it might be fun to watch the service and perhaps you can make some friends. Vă urez mult noroc în studiu.

February 17, 2019

Just one more thing. You can find information about the Romanian Church at There is a Romanian church near me and I sometimes go there to observe the building. They have mosaic portraits of saints over the windows. Very lovely.

February 17, 2019

Salut Rowlena! Ce faci?

I, too, love the Learning Romanian with Nico YouTube channel. She has a very pleasant and joyful personality, and her articulation is extremely clear and precise. I also love to watch Romanian films, in particular the ones classified as the Romanian New Wave. The latest flick on my list is Moartea Domnului Lazarescu. I think it's a shame that the leading star Ion Fiscuteanu passed away so soon when he was on the brink of an international breakthru :(

I also have background in learning Romance languages. I used to study French at school for almost five years and I also did a short course in Portuguese at a night school for adults. But nothing beats Romanian, even the challenging grammar is a joy to learn I think!

La revedere, and please keep us updated, if you wish :)

February 17, 2019

Bună ziua! I feel identified with you! There are not many resources on the internet to learn Romanian,sadly,but I never give up! mult noroc!

February 17, 2019

Thanks for the motivation! I just started learning Romanian three weeks ago because my boyfriend is from Bucharest and his family have no English so I'd like to be able to communicate with them. Unfortunately I don't have as much time to dedicate to it as you but I'm already seeing big progress and like to send my fella cheeky messages (Tu ai un castravete murdar..?) using my new found knowledge! Let us know how you progress...

February 19, 2019

Buna! Sunt Dean si vorbesc limba romana! Te pot ajuta, daca vrei! Este cu plecere :)

February 19, 2019

Bună Dean, dacă vrei să vorbești cu mine, poți mă gasești pe Hellolingo. Legătura este în biografia mea, mulțumesc!

February 19, 2019

Hi, Rowlena! Thanks for sharing this!

I've just started the course. And I wander how many hours have you spent per day learning Romanian to receive so great result?

Thanks! Anna

February 18, 2019

Hi Anna, I'm so glad that you found this post helpful. I never really kept track of how much time I was spending because it was honestly just so much fun and it became a habit or me--I think that's the key. If I had to estimate, maybe I'd say that I spend around 2-3 hours per day? It probably wasn't more than that because I spend just about as much (if not more) time studying French.

I think that I should also add that I really enjoyed watching Cristian Dascălu's vlogs on youtube:

February 19, 2019

Thanks a lot for the answer and for the links! Your story is so motivating! I hope you will continue sharing your progress with us)))

February 19, 2019
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