Introduction and how to learn Romanian
Welcome to our website! Here you will find plenty of resources to learn Romanian online. With our Romanian language lessons you can find yourself fluent in no-time!
Before we begin with the lessons, you will need to know how each lesson is structured. Let’s explain it in a few words! Basically, each lesson is split into four categories: Street Conversation, Grammar, Dialogue and Key Vocabulary.
The grammar part will be kept simple as the emphasis we place is on speaking and understanding the language. With time, you will know all of the rules, by intuition, so you won’t have to learn one million of them.
Dialogue and Street Conversation differ because Dialogue is just a script I wrote which I record with close friends in slow speech, while the other is a recording I made with real natives on the street. What I say is scripted, however the replies I get are not.
Finally, the key vocabulary will have all the words used in the dialogue, conversation and grammar sections plus we add a few extra words that you can implement in your studies.
How to use the website
For a lot of people, the first time coming to a website like this can be very confusing. There are a lot of lessons right now, so we completely understand how it is. Because of this, we want to support you and we want you to know that we’re there for you in your language learning journey.
You can learn one lesson a day, however it really depends on your needs. If you think you can learn 2 lessons a day, then go ahead. We actually encourage you not to just stop at one lesson a day. We also encourage you to learn based on your own needs.
Maybe you don’t need to learn how to say your name and just want to be understood in a restaurant, that means you should start with lesson 5 and continue with lessons 13, 14 and so on. You can go back later and learn how to say your name, but the key thing to remember is that only you know your priorities, how much you want to learn and how fast you want to do it.
We also have a search function on the menu so anytime you are looking for something specific, you should go there, type what you need and hit the search button.
If you want to learn even more, learn faster and more efficiently I strongly recommend you try my private lessons.
Anyway, in this lesson, we’ll teach you how to make Romanian friends with the word “salut” and much more!
We hope you enjoy your stay here! 🙂
Street Conversation I
For my first lesson, I decided to go to the market and say hi to a woman who was obviously waiting for someone to come talk to her.
Sergiu: Bună dimineaţa!
Market girl: Bună dimineaţa!
Sergiu: Cum eşti?
How are you?
Market Girl: Bine.
Sergiu: Ok. Şi eu sunt bine.
Ok. I’m fine too.
Verbs and personal pronouns
Everything hard starts somewere and your journey starts with the simplest of verbs. The verb a fi – to be:
|Eu sunt||I am|
|Tu eşti||You are|
|El, ea este||He, she is|
|Noi suntem||We are|
|Voi sunteţi||You are|
|Ei, ele sunt||They are|
Ei and ele for they? That’s because we make the distinction between “they” when we are talking about boys and “they” when we are talking about girls.
Now you know your first verb and the personal pronouns we use. In Romanian you don’t have to put the personal pronoun before the verb, it is usually omitted and should only be used to show stress on the person doing the action.
Sergiu: Bună dimineaţa!
Daniela (Simple Romanian Host): Bună dimineaţa! Cum eşti?
Good morning! How are you?
Sergiu: Sunt bine, tu?
I’m fine, you?
Daniela: Şi eu sunt bine.
I’m fine too. (Şi means too here, but it usually means “and” ).
Key Vocabulary I
If someone asks you how you are you can say: Sunt foarte bine, mulţumesc (I am very good, thanks.)
Other greetings are: salut (hi), bună ziua (good day), bună seara (good evening), noapte bună (good night).
„Good morning” when not used as a greeting would in fact be dimineaţă bună in Romanian. “Good evening” is seară bună and lastly “good night” is noapte bună.Next Lesson
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