Street Conversation V
After my first ever interview, I went on to do a small prank, probably the only one. Let me know how you’d rate it on a scale from 1 to 10.
Sergiu: Scuzaţi-mă. Nu aveţi un meniu?
Excuse me. Do you have a menu? (In Romanian we sometimes ask ‘Don’t you have a menu?’)
Square girl: Nu am…sau ce fel de* meniu?
I don’t…or what kind of menu?
Sergiu: Un meniu pentru…
A menu for….(Here I just didn’t know what to say anymore)
*Ce fel de (what kind of) is a nifty expression when you want to ask someone to explain themselves further.
Ce (what) is what you ask when you didn’t hear something right and you want to be rude about it.
Fel (kind) is a word with all kinds of meanings. However, it’s better just to focus on the first meaning of every word when you are a beginner.
De (of) is surprisingly the most frequent word used in the Romanian language according to some ancient studies.
Today we get to see two more verbs in action: a scuza (to excuse) and a ruga (to beg).
|Scuză||He, she excuses|
Excuse me can be said in two ways:
Scuză-mă! when you are talking in an informal way.
Scuzați-mă! when you are talking in a polite way.
The fifth row in all of our verb conjugation tables also include the polite form with dumneavoastră replacing tu and voi.
For instance, if I’m talking to my teacher and I am going to ask him if he’s Hungarian, I won’t say (tu) eşti maghiar? I will say (dumneavoastră) sunteţi maghiar? Since we don’t explicitly say dumneavoastră, it would sound like we are talking to multiple persons. This is what being polite is all about. Seeing double, when you’re talking to someone in higher rank 😛
Dumneavoastră comes from Domnia voastră (your highness/gentlemanship). Domnia comes from Domn which means “gentleman” or “Mr”.
Domnul (The gentleman) is another way of saying Dumnezeu (God).
|Roagă||He, she begs|
Sergiu: Scuzați-mă, aveți un meniu? (watch out, as this is the polite form, you could guess this out of context because there are only 2 people in this dialogue)
Excuse me, do you have a menu?
Daniela: Da. O clipă, vă rog. (observe vă is used instead of te)
Yes. One moment, please.
Sergiu: Ok. (we pronounce “ok” almost just like in English)
Key Vocabulary V
A avea – To have
Nu – No
Sau – Or
Ce fel de? – What kind of?
Pentru – For
Un – A (masculine form)
Meniu – Menu
O – A (feminine form)
Clipă – Moment
Vă rog – Please (literally I beg you)
Supă – Soup
Nouns ending in ă are going to automatically be feminine nouns unless we say otherwise. That means they will use o instead of un.
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