Street Conversation III
Eventually I will get the courage to lie that I’m from Sweden, but right now England’s good enough. (This conversation is spontaneous, whenever you read “Street Conversation” remember it’s a natural and unscripted conversation).
Sergiu: Eşti româncă? Are you Romanian? University girl: Da, tu eşti român? Yes, are you Romanian? Sergiu: Nu, eu sunt englez. No, I'm English. University girl: Super! Sergiu: Yes!
Today we’ll keep it short and easy and we’ll look and listen to the verb to come (a veni).
|Past tense of “to come”|
|Am venit*||I came|
|Ai venit||You came|
|A venit||He, she came|
|Am venit||We came|
|Aţi venit||You came|
|Au venit||They came|
*I am not going to teach the past tense in this lesson, but I do have to delve in it a bit just to introduce you to a well-known expression in any language.
Venit is the past participle of the verb a veni while the words before it: am, ai, a etc. are known as helping verbs to form the past tense. Simply put, in order to form the most common past tense in Romanian, you need a helping verb that is conjugated followed by a fixed participle of the main verb.
We will learn another expression that behaves similarly with bună ziua, it wouldn’t sound natural if it weren’t an expression. We say welcome as “well you came”. Take a look at the below sentences:
Ai venit bine. You came well.
Bine ai venit! Welcome!
Sergiu: Eşti româncă? Are you Romanian? Daniela: Da, sunt româncă, tu? Yes, I'm Romanian, you? Sergiu: Eu sunt englez. I'm English. Daniela: Bine ai venit! Welcome!
Key Vocabulary III
Ţară – country România – Romania Anglia – England Franţa – France Statele Unite – USA Germania – Germany Ungaria – Hungary Italia – Italy Grecia – Greece
The nationalities for each country are in the table below. The noun on the left is for men and the one on the right for women.
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