4 free resources for Romanian language: Romanian for movie and poetry lovers

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Congratulations on picking up Romanian - the only Romance language spoken in Eastern Europe,
which also happens to have a sentence about sheep made up of only vowels.

Oaia aia e a ei, eu i-o iau.

That sheep is hers, I am taking it.

You can listen to it here, at 2.27. It sounds a bit funny, doesn’t it?



Romanian is spoken by 28 million people, of whom 25 million are native speakers*.
It belongs to the Balkan-Romance group, which includes Bulgarian, Macedonian and Serbian Greek, Hellenic, Albanian, Romani and it is the only surviving Eastern-European Romance language.
Since it kept close contact with the Balkan population (the above mentioned Balkan Sprachbund) this language developed quite differently compared to other Romance languages.
It is like that weird brother who grew a mustache and decided to do its own thing.
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Source: unravellingmag.com


About 80 percent of Romanian words are of Latin origin **, and there is a big number of French (almost 40% of the modern Romanian Vocabulary, how fancy) and Slavic loanwords, especially from Russian, Bulgarian, Slavonic. I guess this explains the quirky sound of the language, like Italian spoken with a strong Russian/ Slavic accent.
Before we talk about pronunciation, take a look at the word prieten-friend coming from Slavonic and how standoffish it looks here.



The Romanian alphabet has 31 letters, 5 of which have diacritical marks: ă, ș, ț, â, î. Meet the 5 little weirdos, everyone. The letter ț appears only in the Romanian alphabet.


Fortunately, we read words the way they are spelled in Romanian (phonological orthography), so what you see is what you get, generally. Probably that’s why there are no spelling contests in Romania.

However, there are some elements that deserve special attention, so pause and stare longer before reading the words that have these: the vowel i, the 5 little weirdos mentioned above and the 8 clusters.


Regarding the pronunciation of the vowel i , keep in mind it is usually silent when placed as the last letter. This means that when you read the word surori–sisters, you will barely hear the final sound i.
The 5 little weirdos and the 8 clusters: ce, ci, che, chi, ge, gi, ghe, ghi (which began to be used at the end of the 18th century on the model of Italian orthography*) have a special pronunciation.
The little weirdo that tends to create most confusion is  , which does not have an English equivalent sound. It is a guttural sound, like that sound you make after you take a sip of rotten milk,eugh.
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In other Romance languages, nouns are either masculine, either feminine, but surprise, Romanian preserved the 3rd gender: neuter. This is usually reserved for inanimate objects and loanwords such as weekend, job, laptop. Yes, those are words that we actually use on a daily basis.

Another feature that individualizes Romanian is the fact that the definite article takes the form of a suffix, unlike Spanish, French or Italian. So we say casa for the house and the final a in casa stands for the definite article.


What makes Romanian special in a not-the-easiest-language kind of way is the declension of nouns. This means the nouns are inflected for number, gender and case and the adjectives have to match them in form. Next time you read a sentence in Romanian, notice how all the elements modify one another to line up properly.


And finally, here are your online resources.

1.Take the Romanian beta course on DuoLingo and join my classroom here.

Source : one of my students sharing his progress with me while getting a better insight into the Romanian culture.
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If you prefer the concept of exposure to language in context try Clozemaster.


  1. Watch Romanian movies with English subtitles:
I highly recommend this channel, where you can find Romanian feature films, shorts, documentaries with English subtitles.

→ Legături bolnăvicioase, 2006

→ California Dreaming, 2007


  1. Read this overview: Getting Acquainted with Contemporary Romania.



  1. Read Romanian poetry and listen to music, you bohemian soul you.
If you are into poetry, click on this link to download a file with 6 poems translated into English.


And here is some music:

→ Baba Novac- Pastel Acid

→ Omul cu șobolani

→ Vița de vie

→ Vama veche

→ Șuie paparude

→ Timpuri noi






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*The Grammar of Romanian, Oxford Linguistics.

**Romanian Grammar, Mika Sarlin.













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Hi there, language friend! Thank you for your curiosity about other cultures. I am Gia, a cheerful native Romanian tutor. I started giving in-person lessons in 2014 while living in Spain and now I focus on creating and delivering online engaging Romanian lessons. Since I studied other languages myself (English, Spanish, French, and German) I can understand the challenges a student experiences. One of my favorite things about teaching is interacting with people all over the world and getting to understand other cultures. During the years I interacted with students from all over the world: USA, England, France, Austria, Brasil, Switzerland, Norway, which I am really grateful for. I have experience conducting scheduled online and in-person classes with students of various levels and age (over 1400 online lessons). I’ve graduated from the philology high school department, then studied sociology and visual arts at the University of Bucharest, the second-oldest higher education institution in the country. I speak Romanian with a neutral accent, even if I grew up speaking the Moldavian dialect (which is different than the Moldovan language). In my spare time, I read, listen to podcasts or exercise. My interests span multiple fields including psychology, literature, arts, and science. https://www.facebook.com/RomanianwithGia/ Please read the cancellation policy before booking: https://support.verbling.com/hc/en-us/articles/202834179-How-do-I-cancel-my-lesson- NOTE: If it is more than 12 hours before your lesson start time, and the lesson time is no longer convenient but you wish to take this lesson with this teacher at another time, you should reschedule your lesson. For help with rescheduling your lesson, please see “How do I reschedule or unschedule my lesson?”
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Hi there, language friend! Thank you for your curiosity about other cultures. I am Gia, a cheerful native Romanian tutor. I started giving in-person lessons in 2014 while living in Spain and now I focus on creating and delivering online engaging Romanian lessons. Since I studied other languages myself (English, Spanish, French, and German) I can understand the challenges a student experiences. One of my favorite things about teaching is interacting with people all over the world and getting to understand other cultures. During the years I interacted with students from all over the world: USA, England, France, Austria, Brasil, Switzerland, Norway, which I am really grateful for. I have experience conducting scheduled online and in-person classes with students of various levels and age (over 1400 online lessons). I’ve graduated from the philology high school department, then studied sociology and visual arts at the University of Bucharest, the second-oldest higher education institution in the country. I speak Romanian with a neutral accent, even if I grew up speaking the Moldavian dialect (which is different than the Moldovan language). In my spare time, I read, listen to podcasts or exercise. My interests span multiple fields including psychology, literature, arts, and science. https://www.facebook.com/RomanianwithGia/ Please read the cancellation policy before booking: https://support.verbling.com/hc/en-us/articles/202834179-How-do-I-cancel-my-lesson- NOTE: If it is more than 12 hours before your lesson start time, and the lesson time is no longer convenient but you wish to take this lesson with this teacher at another time, you should reschedule your lesson. For help with rescheduling your lesson, please see “How do I reschedule or unschedule my lesson?”

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