Lesson 1 – Greetings

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.

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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!

Good morning!

Market girl: Bună dimineaţa!

Good morning!

Sergiu: Cum eşti?

How are you?

Market Girl: Bine.

Fine.

Sergiu: Ok. Şi eu sunt bine.

Ok. I’m fine too.

Grammar I

Verbs and personal pronouns

Everything hard starts somewere and your journey starts with the simplest of verbs. The verb a fi – to be:

 

Eu suntI am
Tu eştiYou are
El, ea esteHe, she is
Noi suntemWe are
Voi sunteţiYou are
Ei, ele suntThey 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.

Dialogue I

 

Sergiu: Bună dimineaţa!

Good morning!

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.

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23 thoughts on “Lesson 1 – Greetings”

          1. I understand. For further information, Megleno-Romanian and Istro-Romanian are extinct while Aromanian is a rare language that I personally don’t speak or teach.

    1. Salut! The correct way to say your last sentence is: “Vreau sa o învăț și să o vorbesc bine”.
      We are also happy that you stopped by 🙂

  1. Progress is further helped firstly as Romanian and English historically derive many words from a common Latin source and secondly they both employ an expanding modern vocabulary of terms, many of which have their origin in contemporary English.

  2. cool stuff, thanks for the effort, I wish you have audio with the sentences, that would be perfect. Romanian language has those tough to pronounce letters ….. English E= A and english I=E etc.
    thanks again

    1. Thank you! I used to have pronunciation files on each lesson and I deleted them because I wasn’t content with the quality. Plus it sounded odd just reading dialogues by myself. However, I am currently on the lookout for Romanian natives that will help me with reading the lines…so I would say that in two weeks tops there are going to be 29 or 30 lessons and all of them will be equipped with audio.

  3. I am confused about correct pronunciation of words beginning with e. I have heard on some sites they are pronounced with a y sound. For example “este” sounds like “yeste”. On this site there is no y sound. Which is correct ? Or are both correct depending on region ?

    1. Good that you noticed! They are actually both correct, in fact in these pronunciation files you are hearing the ultra-correct pronunciation of the words. But because everybody say yeste and not este, I will soon update the audio to reflect normal speech.

      1. Is the use of “y” before “e” a dialectal thing? I listen to a lot of Elena Gheorge and I don’t recall her using y before e. Or does the standard Romanian pronunciation use y before e?

  4. I want to learn Romanian, however I’m very scared because I’m already learning many Latin languages and I keep on confusing them all the time. I think I’ll wait a little bit more before starting Romanian! 🙂

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