My Experiences With The English For Romanian Speakers Course, So Far..
Today I grew tired of waiting for Romanian to come out and tried the English for Romanian speakers course, and discovered Romanian is not the easiest. here are some tips-
-They don't use a seperate word for the. For example, A woman drinks would be O femeie bea, but The woman drinks is Femeia bea. So thats confusing.
-They are one of the few (or none, I am not really sure) languages that use this accent- Ăă- and this- Șș. Also can anyone clarify why Duolingo bolds these?
So yeah, this is my expieriance so far, and I will add more tips in the future. Oh come great Romanian course!
UPDATE Today is August 6th (August already? ugh) soo I found this on Wikipedia- not sure if it is completely correct, though.
20% inherited Latin 11.5% Slavic, including Old Slavic, Slavonic, Bulgarian, Serbian, Ukrainian and Russian 3.60% Turkish 2.17% Hungarian 2.40% Modern Greek 43% recent Romance borrowings (mainly French: 38.40%)
This is apparently what languages make up Romanian! So if you know any of these, you might consider Romanian, or if you want to learn one of these, then take Romanian!
The Romanian language did not originally include letters K, Q, W and Y until more loanwords came around. Some examples are kilogram, watt and yoga, so often there will be little to none of these letters in a Romanian lesson.
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Welcome to our course! Have a lingot for your courage! :-)
- Some of the Romanian users are also upset with your ”the”, because they are not sure when they have to use it and when not to. So you can say we are even. Indeed the suffixes we use instead of the article ”the” change depending on the gender, number and case of the noun.
- It seems there are other languages that use the letters ă/Ă, see here. I think the reason why some letters appear to be bold (but they are not) is that the font that Duolingo uses in general does not include these letters, so they are added from a different font, see here. The official correct form of the letters is with a comma underneath (ș/Ș/ț/Ț), but most of the fonts have the letters with a cedilla underneath (ş/Ş/ţ/Ţ). In our course we accept both of them because different users use different keyboards, but we also accept normal letters instead of diacritics (a/A instead of ă/Ă and â/Â, i/I instead of î/Î, s/S instead of ș/Ș/ş/Ş and t/T instead of ț/Ț/ţ/Ţ) because native speakers would understand the meaning of a text even when it's written only with normal characters.
Good luck with your learning!
If you have questions feel free to ask them in the sentence discussions.
I look forward to your next tips and I hope other users like you will share here their own thoughts about this experience.
Thank you so much! It would make semse that Romanian speakers would be annoyed with our the, since they are not used to it, just like I am having trouble with your the! Romanian was actually the first time I saw those accents. Now I understand why they apparently look bold- at first I thought they were there because that course hadn't been released yet and that signified that? The first time I heard about Romanian was probably Kindergarten, when my mother and I were in a library- or maybe in a house, I'm not quite sure- but I saw a book called The Romance Languages Of The World. I said, "Mommy, what are the Romance Languages?" And she replied, "Well, the main ones are French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian." I knew what the others were, but the word Romanian stood out to me- the way the syllables blended together, ro-man-i-an. Priginally, I believed that the term Romance languages meant that you would charm people by speaking it to them. Thank you again!
”I believed that the term Romance languages meant that you would charm people by speaking it to them.”
Haha, what a nice thought!
Kids can make pretty amazing connections when it comes to new words. :-)
So I see you already started learning French and a little Spanish.
Are you giving priority to Romanian before Italian and Portuguese?
If you don't mind me asking where are you from and what languages did you study before discovering Duolingo?
I was born in Denver, and until 3rd Grade we were forced to study Spanish since it was so practical there... But in 3rd Grade we were given a choice between the two, and I chose French :) I have heard that Italian is similar to Romanian, but which Romance language do you think is the closest? I may start studying Italian on this soon to help me with my Romanian skills. Thanks!
I think Romanian and French are the most related ones (just like you said in the update of the original message).
I only know French and Spanish (and I understand a little Portuguese), but I never really had a connection with Italian.
But now, all of them are on my ”to do” list here on Duo (so far, I only finished the Spanish tree for English speakers). And after I finish another tree using English, I will start to combine the languages and do the trees for French<->Spanish for example. It's definitely fun to be able to concentrate and quickly figure out the answer in the requested language, when you use multiple trees it gets more interesting. :-)
I do find many French similarities-mersi, salut, and femeie, although I just find that it looks less like French and more like Italian or even Spanish. On the Romanian course description, though, they say it has many linguistic similarities. I know enough Spanish to be able to survive-maybe- and although I need to go a little deeper, I have done one lesson of Italian, Portuguese and Dutch.
Romanian is more similar to Italian, both written and spoken. Romanian words are spelled just like they're written, unlike French or Portuguese.
If you know how to read Italian texts, learning to read Romanian is going to be pretty fast.
(I don't have any more space to reply to your last comment so I reply to this one.)
Because I heard a lot of users saying the Dutch course is such a good one, I wanted to get some inspiration from their success and see what ideas I could adapt when creating the course that teaches Romanian. So I started doing their Dutch->English tree. I have absolutely no previous knowledge of German or Dutch, so now I can see for myself how it feels like to learn a completely new language. And I like it! :) I write down in a notebook the new words and little grammar explanations and rules and I do a lot of practice before moving on to a new lesson/skill.
@fantomitzah, here's some advice for the EN>RO course: - What makes the Dutch class great is that their Tips & Notes sections are very well-made. Instead of long explanations about the grammar, they sum up the rules so that they show how the words change, depending on its word class. For example:
> Dutch adjectives are usually made by adding an -e to the end of the word. Klein becomes kleine, lang becomes lange. It is placed between the article and the noun: de lange kat (the long cat), het kleine meisje (the little girl).
> However, things get a bit complicated with the article een. The -e rule is then only still true for nouns which have the definite article de. Example: -Het kleine meisje - Een klein meisje -De lange kat - Een lange kat
The plural always gets the -e: -De kleine meisjes -De lange katten "
- Like with the German class, the declensions should be presented in separate lessons (one for the accusative, one for the dative, one for the vocative, etc.)
- Isn't there a way the Duo team updates their font so that it covers the whole Unicode range? Those bold, ugly ășț make me crazy.
- For the TTS, maybe ask Cluj University if Duolingo can use their system.
- Maybe add a few words that are specific to Romanian. The Dutch added words like klempen = clogs, which are typical wooden shoes. Maybe time to introduce the Pálinka :)
I hear for the first time about the Cluj Univerity's TTS. It looks promising. A quick correction: pálinka is a Hungarian term. In Romanian is pălincă or rather țuică.
Sadly, I have lost motivation for the course! Any more tips :)? How is the course going? I know the other contributor returned from holiday, right, or is he still away?
Dear contributors, dear Romanian aficionados! :-)
I know that the Incubator's remaining days calculator is completely unreliable because it's based on the number of words completed, and that this number is highly dependent on the list of words chosen for the course (Hungarian has been going up and down for the past weeks). However Romanian has been stuck at 6% for the last two months (to the extent that some redditers declared both this course and English to Polish as being officially "in Incubator limbo" ). Even Esperanto, which was added 2 months ago, already boasts an impressive 35%.
So I would like to know, if possible (I know it can be difficult to estimate), the status of this course. If the Incubator's estimation were to be accurate, I'd totally understand if you guys are having trouble at finding time to develop the course (it takes a time, and after all you're doing it for free! -for which you're absolutely awesome btw :) ), but if it gets too difficult to the point that the course development comes to a stalemate, it might be beneficial for everyone to notify Duolingo staff that you unfortunately can't deliver, and to pass the torch to others.
I'm eager to hear your opinions!
Thank you again for the awesome work, we're indebted to you!
Hi, it is true that Romanian has borrowings from Slavic, Turkish, Hungarian languages. But this does not mean it is easier to learn Romanian if you know any of these. That is because because the backbone of Romanian is Latin and its derivatives, so grammar and structure is Romance. Therefore the other languages only add flavor to Romanian but do not change its core. This is because in the XIX Century Romanian received a complete overhaul with heavy borrowings from French, THE LANGUAGE at that time :-)
As for learning Romanian, my advice would be to supplement the Duolingo activity with some immersion into Romanian with translations, watching movies, listening radio and music and others like that. And one more hint, do not try to focus too much on grammar early on as Romanian grammar is rather difficult even for natives. Grammar can be a real enthusiasm killer. First try to get a feel of the language, learn about our culture and people and so on.
Hi! I'm so sorry I haven't responded to this earlier. You're right about that it wouldn't be that easy to learn if you knew the backbone, judging by the small amount of borrowings. I would love to watch some shows, movies, music, etc. in Romanian, but I haven't had any good sources yet. I'll keep on looking, though! Thank you so much for replying to this, I appreciate it so much :) Good luck with the course!
I am really curious: why do you want to learn Romanian? I mean it's a question that's been bugging be ever since I saw the Romanian for English speakers course and the positive feedback it's received.
It's a mysterious Romance language and it sounds cool. And then there's a girl.
Really? I've always thought it must sound very weird for the ones who are not native, but it's nice to know :)).
I don't actually really know why, but it always just sounded so interesting to me, and the fact that it is the most overlooked of the main Romance languages interested me too.
Hi, apart from the more personal reasons LotigiousOX has given, there are also practical ones. Learning a "fringe" language give you some edge. I mean, there is no edge after learning English or Spanish, because there are so many people knowing them. But with a language like Romanian, not known by many (except natives) one can have some practical advantages.
Well yes, but I do not see the point in learning a language that is practically socially useless. Except maybe for personal reasons, that is.
I mean, I do not want to offend anyone. Perhaps for someone who didn't have to learn/ speak it on a daily basis it is much more interesting, and it is somehow surprising (but also refreshing) to see that some are fond of it in a way.
I don't understand the concept of "socially useless" :-) The same point you have made can be made of any language but the most widely used in the world. Still I believe that learning a less spoken language can bring advantages when it comes to employment and business. Besides, expats feel very good in Romania. :-)
It's so cool that you want to learn romanian! More people should give it a try, i mean it's a beautiful language and a beautiful country,don't listen to all those people that say that our country is full of gypsies and thieves.We have a great history and a lot of awesome places to visit.Also people are really nice friendly and helpful here.Yes,it might be difficult to learn because of the way it's spelled and because we have different accents all over the country i mean in Moldova you speak with a russian accent and in Transylvania you speak with a sort of 'idontknowhowtocallit' accent.However,if you ever need any help with something in romanian you know where to find me. Good luck! :D
buna i am from Romania it is a wonder full country, people should give it a go because it helps with french in school i am the best in french i will give you an example:rouge (french for red) in Romanian it means lipstick. so it can help a lot with french you should give it a go
Are you fluent in English and Romanian? Just wondering, but if you have time theres always a Romanian course in the works... :) But if you're too busy thats fine. I am just soooo obsessed with learning the language :)
I'm obsessed myself! My obsession is trying to get into the course to contribute. Now I'm simply awaiting the answer from the other moderators! I hope and pray that I can get accepted soon. Are you still interested in Romanian?
Unfortunately not :( However, I have still hope left that it will go live some when....
Do you have books or something in Romanian, or do you learn it using Internet only?