Lesson 47 – Money

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Street Conversation XLVII

This was the coolest lesson where I speak to two girls AT THE SAME TIME on a park bench. I am sad to say I can’t see how I can make a cooler lesson than this.


Sergiu: Câți bani ați cheltuit la un chef, într-o noapte maxim?

What was the maximum amount of money you ever spent at a party, in a night?

Girl 1: O sută de lei, maxim. Pe băutură în general.

One hundred lei, maximum. On drinks in general.

Girl 2: Tot 100 de lei și cred că tot pe băutură sau…da.

100 lei too and I think on drinks too or….yeah.

Sergiu: Și câți bani ați cheltui într-o noapte?

And how much money would you spend in a night?

Girl 2: Măi, nu cu foarte mult peste 100 că aș putea limita tot la suma asta, nu banii contează într-o noapte, trebuie să te distrezi și fără să cheltuiești foarte mult.

Man, not  very much over 100 because I could limit everything at this amount, it’s not the money that matters in a night, you have to have fun even without spending very much.

Girl 2: Tot atâta.

The same.

Sergiu: De ce bea lumea alcool așa mult?

Why does the world drink so much alcohol?

Girl 2: Că-s triști, că-s triști și că nu știu să se distreze altfel.

Because they’re sad, because they’re sad and they don’t know how to have fun in another way.

Girl: Total de-acord cu ea.

Totally agree with her.

Sergiu: Da.


Grammar XLVII


The last case we are going to learn is the vocative!

Vocative happens when you are calling something like in the sentence

Ce faci omule?

What are you doing, man?

Masculine words will have either -e or -ule attached to the noun.

Domn – Domnule

Bărbat – Bărbate

The rule to put an -e after a masculine noun applies to nouns ending in a consonant and nouns that end in -u (if preceded by a cluster of consonants)

For example Alexandru – Alexandre…where ndr is the consonant cluster. Otherwise just add -ule.

Feminine words do not change, except for the word soră which becomes soro!

Soro, mă asculți?

Sister, are you listening to me?

Plural words do not change, except for the familiy words (frați becomes fraților, soră becomes surorilor, fată becomes fetelor etc.) and nouns that come from adjectives (fericiților, fericitelor etc.)

The -lor is added to express the vocative in those cases.


Let’s take two more verbs today:  a schimba (to change) and a ieși (to go out)

Schimb, schimbi, schimbă, schimbăm, schimbați, schimbă

Ies, ieși, iese, ieșim, ieșiți, ies

Schimb niște bani din lei în euro.

I’ll change some money from lei to euro.

Ies ca să nu stau în casă

I am going out so I don’t stay at home.

Word Spotlight XLVII

Chef is a mysterious word that has two main meanings:

1. Petrecere zgomotoasă cu mâncare și băutură.

2. Mood

Nu am chef să merg la chef.

I’m not in the mood to go to the party.

Homework: How many syllables does the word chef have?

Vocabulary XLVII

A cheltui – To spend (money)

Chef (n.) – Party (Pl. Chefuri)

Maxim – Maximum

În general – Generally

A limita – To limit

Sumă (f.) – Amount of money (Pl. Sume)

Altfel – In another way

Total – Totally

De-acord cu – Agreed with

Bănos – Rich

Blănos – Furry

Blană (f.) – Fur (Pl. Blănuri)

Blănar (m.) – Skinner (Pl. Blănari)

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