Romanian & English

Romanian is my native language which I've been speaking since early childhood. I began to study English when I was 9 and stopped formally studying after I finished high school, but I've also used it a lot and now I can think and dream in it. I speak a couple more languages, but only these two fluently.

naranja naranja
26-30, F
8 Responses Mar 3, 2009

very cool! :D

Not really. I am not that computer adept at times. I need to dig out my old linguistics text probably.

I don't know if they have names in English; can you copy & paste the characters into MS Word? Then resize to make them bigger. Or just enlarge the text in your browser? Not sure if that helps much... hope it does.

Thanks, that's helpful. What is the first mark on the first a? Like a little crescent? hard to tell. In the second a is that like a dot over the a? Do these accents have names in English? I studied linguistics a little at University, a long time ago. Are those like commas on the s and t? Wasn't Franz Lizst's daughter named Cosima? The one who married Wagner? Are some of the sounds and accents in Romanian similar to Humgarian?<br />
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I think some where in our family tree there was a great-great-grandmother named Adelina, but I doubt if she were Rumanian.Our family is so WASP, it's disgusting.

Well, let me try to see what I can do for now.<br />
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"ǎ" is read like the English "a" in "an".<br />
"â" as well as "i" with the same symbol above it... uhh you don't really have that in English, I think. You know, in contracted negatives like "aren't", the short vowel sound between "r" and "t"? "â" is pronounced like that only longer.<br />
"ş" is read like "sh".<br />
"ţ" is pronounced like the "zz" in "pizza".<br />
I don't know... being Romanian I prefer foreign names, hehe. I'll think more on it. Oh, I find that Alexandra/Alexandru are boring names here but they sound beautifully (and exotic to foreigners). I like Andra, Andrada, and Adelina for girls, among others; not sure if trhey're really of Romanian/Roman origin though. Similarly for boys... Laurenţiu, Cosmin (there's Cosmina for girls), ...<br />
I'll get back to the other stuff later, perhaps :)

if you could explain to me what the various accent marks that your language uses and how they affect the basic pronunciation, I would appreciate knowing that. Also, I'd be interested in knowing what you think are the most common and also prettiest names for Romanians, male and female, esp if any are traceable back to Roman times.And what cities or areas are most associated with Roman ruins and settlements. Do you know of any holidays or traditions that are very much directly related to the Roman times? I must be a weird person, huh? Must I'd really like to know more about your culture.

Hehe I don't know enough Latin to answer that.<br />
but yes, my Latin teacher used to say that too and I believe it. The spelling is about the way we pronounce things and the grammar is similar... though not quite. I've never been that good at Latin, unfortunately.

Rumanian has always fascinated me as a language. I studied Latin and French in high school. Then at University I majored in French and English. Hard to major in Latin nowadays. But Rumanian is a Latin language like French and Spanish and Italian, but the spelling is so different looking. I can see many similarities. Some say it is more like the Latin of the olden days. What do you think?