Lesson 10 – Hobbies

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Street Conversation X

Looking forward to sing in front of a live audience, I decided to talk to a girl about my hobbies.

 

Sergiu: Înţelegi engleza?

Do you understand English?

Girl: Da, da, da.

Yes, yes, yes.

Sergiu: O vorbeşti?

Do you speak it?

Girl: Da.

Yes.

Sergiu: Cânţi?

Do you sing?

Girl: Să câ..să cânt?

To si..to sing?

Sergiu: La voce. (I was wrong here, because the correct way is “cu vocea”)

With the voice.

Girl: A, nu, nu, nu, nu. Nu nu nu prea.

Ah, no, no, no, no. Not not not really.

Grammar X

Verbs

 

A înțelege and a cânta are two verbs that we will conjugate today. If you want to work on your Romanian pronunciation, you have to start singing our songs!

ÎnțelegI understand
ÎnțelegiYou understand
ÎnțelegeHe, she understands
ÎnțelegemWe understand
ÎnțelegețiYou understand
ÎnțelegThey understand

 

CântI sing
CânțiYou sing
CântăHe, she sings
CântămWe sing
CântațiYou sing
CântăThey sing

Nouns

 

The gender of nouns (masculine, feminine or neuter) should be learnt by heart and more importantly with the help of exposure. The general rules are that nouns ending in u are masculine and nouns ending in ă are feminine.

Nouns that end in a are always feminine.

There is no real rule for neuter nouns, however it is important to know that neuter nouns are in fact just nouns that are masculine in singular form and feminine in plural form.

Today we will learn how to form the plural in nouns that end with a consonant and nouns that end in the vowel “a”. The first column has the noun with the gender in parenthesis and the second column will show the plural of this noun.

Domn (m)Domni
Moment (n)Momente
Magazin (n)Magazine
Calculator (n)Calculatoare
Aeroport (n)Aeroporturi
Parc (n)Parcuri

All nationality nouns also add the letter “I” to show plural and they are masculine nouns.

Nouns that end with the vowel a are not that many. This is due to the fact that most of them are recent words borrowed from Turkish. Words like pijama and basma will add an le ending to show the plural. There are a few special words that end in -ea, like stea, cafea, saltea. These will remove the a in the end before adding le. So the plural for these words is stele, cafele, saltele.

Dialogue X

 

A: Înțelegi româna?

Do you understand Romanian?

B: Înțeleg puțin.

I understand a little.

A: O vorbești?

Do you speak it?

B: Nu o vorbesc.

I don’t speak it.

A: Cânți?

Do you sing?

B: Da, dar nu pot dansa.

Yes, but I can’t dance.

Key vocabulary X

A dansa – To dance

Voce (f.) – Voice (Pl. Voci)

Nu prea – Not really

Pot – I can

Dar – But

Calculator (n.) – Computer (Pl. Calculatoare)

A se juca pe calculator – To play on the computer

A se juca fotbal, baschet – To play football, basketball

Sport (n.) – Sport (Pl. Sporturi)

A putea – The verb can

Obicei (n.) – Habit (Pl. Obiceiuri)

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