Wikijunior:Languages/Romanian

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What writing system(s) does this language use?[edit | edit source]

Romanian uses the Latin Alphabet, however it has 5 extra letters, which are: ă/Ă, â/Â, î/Î, ş/Ş and ţ/Ţ.

How many people speak this language?[edit | edit source]

24 million people speak Romanian as their first language. An additional 4 million people have learned it.

Where is this language spoken?[edit | edit source]

Romania is an official language in Romania, Moldova, and parts of Serbia. There are also many Romanian speakers in Western Europe and North America.

What is the history of this language?[edit | edit source]

People from Romania were called Dacians or Dacii. They spoke Dacian. Then the Romans invaded and they started speaking Latin. Most of the language today comes from Latin, but has words from Slavic languages.

Who are some famous authors or poets in this language?[edit | edit source]

Mihail Eminescu(Poet) Vasile Alecsandri(Poet) George Cosbuc(Poet) Ion Luca Caragiale(Play Writer) Mihail Sadoveanu(Writer) Ion Creanga(Writer)

What are some basic words in this language that I can learn?[edit | edit source]

Romanian English
Da Yes
Nu No
Salut Hello
La revedere Goodbye
Vă rog/Te rog Please
Mulţumesc Thank you
Cum te cheamă? What's your name?

What is a simple song/poem/story that I can learn in this language?[edit | edit source]

This is a Romanian birthday song

La mulţi ani cu sanatate Sã vã dea Domnul tot ce doriti, Zile senine şi fericire La mulţi ani sã traiti! (You reapeat this one more time.)

And then you go:

Cine sã traiascã? Cine sã traiascã? La mulţi ani! (The name of the person) sã traiascã (the name of the person) sã traiascã La mulţi ani! Cine sã traiascã? Cine sã traiascã? La mulţi ani!

(Example) Mihai sã traiascã! Mihai sã traiascã! La multi ani!

And then you scream out happy: LA MULŢI ANI!!!

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