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A0.1 Common Romanian words and basic phrases

Top most useful Romanian phrases

The common Romanian words and essential phrases are the starting point for learning conversational Romanian.
Whether this is your very first contact with the Romanian language, or you've been living in Romania for many years(e.g. expat living in Bucharest), the following Romanian vocabulary is a must to recognize, understand and pronounce.

Essential Romanian words and phrases

English Romanian
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Yes

Da

/da/

No

Nu

/nu/

and

și

/ʃi/

I

eu

/jew/

You (polite and respectful form)

Dumneavoastră

/dum.ne̯a'vo̯as.trə/

Thank you

Mulţumesc

/mul.t͡su'mesk/

Thanks

Mersi

/mer'si/

Thank you very much

Mulţumesc frumos

/mul.ʦu'mesk fru'mos/

No, thank you
(This is the best way of politely turning somebody down)

Nu, mulţumesc

/nu | mul.t͡su'mesk/

You're welcome

You're literally saying "with pleasure"

Cu plăcere

/ku plə't͡ʃe.re/

You're welcome

You're literally saying For little

Pentru puțin

/'pen.tru pu'ʦin/

Please (informally)

Te rog

/te 'rog/

Please (formally)

Vă rog

/və 'rog/

Excuse me (informally)

Scuză-mă

/'sku.zə.mə/

Excuse me (formally)

Scuzaţi-mă

/sku'za.t͡si.mə/

I'm sorry

Îmi pare rău

/ɨmʲ 'pa.re rəw/
If you would like to know how to pronounce the other Romanian personal pronouns: you, he, she, we, they you can consult our lesson on the conjugation of the verb "a fi"(to be) and "a avea"(to have)

Romanian Greetings (including seasonal greetings)

In the following short video you will find a short example of how to say "How are you?" in Romanian.

You will find many other similar (real life situations) videos on our website.

English Romanian
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Hi/Hello

Salut

/sa'lut/

Hi/Hello (second way) please see remark below the table

Bu

/'bu.nə/

Hello (on the phone)

Alo

/a'lo/

How are you? informally (colloquial Romanian)

Ce faci?

/↗ t͡ʃe ↘'fat͡ʃʲ/

OK/fine/well

Bine

/'bi.ne/

very well

or very good

Foarte bine

/'fo̯ar.te 'bi.ne/

Bad, mean

Rău

/rəw/

Good morning

Bună dimineaţa

/'bu.nə di.mi'ne̯a.t͡sa/

Good day

This is the most common formal greeting. In English it has sometimes the nuance of dismissal, however in Romanian it is a mere greeting with no negative implications

Bună ziua

/'bunə 'zi.wa/

Good evening

Bună seara

/'bu.nə 'se̯a.ra/

Good night

Noapte bu

/'no̯ap.te 'bu.nə/

Goodbye

can be used in both a formal and informal situation

Lrevedere

/la re.ve'de.re/

Have fun!

Distracție plăcută!

/dis'trak.ʦi.e pl.ə'ku.tə/

Happy Easter!

Paște fericit

/'paʃ.te fe.riˈt͡ʃit/

Christ is Risen

the literal translation is "Christ is resurrected"

Hristoînviat

/hris'tos a ɨn.vi'at/

Truly, He is Risen!

Adevăraînviat!

/a.de.və'rat a ɨn.vi'at/

Merry Christmas!

Crăciun fericit!

/krəˈt͡ʃjun fe.riˈt͡ʃit/

Happy Birthday

La mulți ani

/la 'mulʦʲ anʲ/

Wish you many many happy years together!

This is Romanian greeting to be exclusively used in relation with a marriage / wedding.

You are literaly saying: "Stone house"

Casă de piatră

/ka.sə de 'pja.trə/

Good luck

This elaborated expression can be used in many occasions such as marriage, birth, passing an important exam... 

It literally means that the speaker whishes that this would be a good and favourable moment for the person receiving this appreciation, thus expressing his/her best whishes that the future would be a positive one.

Să fie într-un ceas bun

/sə 'fi.e ɨn'trun ʧe̯as bun/

Is there a difference between "salut" and "bună"?

"Salut" and "Bună" are used in informal cases whereas in formal encounters "Bună dimineaţa / Bună ziua / Bună seara" is more appropiate.
There is no real difference between "salut" and "bună".

How to Introduce Yourself in Romanian

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My name is Daniela Popescu

 (you're literally saying: "I'm named...")

This is more formal

Mă numesc Daniela Popescu

/mə nu'mesk da.ni'e.la po'pes.ku

My name is...
(you're literally saying: "I'm called...") This is less formal than "Mă numesc"

Mă cheamă...

/mə ke̯a.mə/

Nice to meet you
(formally; for men saying it)

Încântat de cunoştinţă

/ɨn.kɨn'tat de ku.noʃ.'tin.t͡sə/

Nice to meet you (informally)

You're literally saying "I seem/feel good"

Îmi pare bine

/ɨmʲ 'pa.re 'bi.ne/

For a more in-depth look at the introductions please consult our dedicated lesson on this subject: A0.5Romanian introductions.
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How to say "I come from" + your country, in Romanian?

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I'm from the United States of America

Sunt din Statele Unite ale Americii

/sunt din 'sta.te.le u'ni.te 'a.le a'me.ri.t͡ʃij/
I'm American (man)

Sunt american

/sunt a.me.ri'kan/
I'm American (woman)

Sunt americancă

/sunt a.me.ri.kan.kə/
I come from Great Britain

Sunt din Marea Britanie

/sunt din 'ma.re̯a bri.ta.ni.e/

The above is an example, please check our dedicated lesson A0.4 where we present the wording for twenty one other countries including England, Scotland, Wales and

Finding your way in Romanian

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Where is the toilet / bathroom?

Unde este toaleta?

/↗'un↘de 'jes.te to.a'le.ta/

Where is the subway / metro / tube station "Eroilor"?"

Unde este stația de metrou "Eroilor"?

/↗'un↘de ↘'jes.te 'sta.t͡si.a de me.'trow e.'roi.lor/

Where is the "Intercontinental" hotel?

Unde este hotelul Intercontinental?

/↗'un↘de ↘'jes.te ho.'te.lul in.ter.kon.ti.nen.'tal/

Where is a nearby ATM (to withdraw cash)?

Unde este un bancomat prin apropiere?

/↗'un↘de ↘'jes.te un ban.ko'mat 'prin a.pro.pi'e.re/
Here is a typical street name on a street wall in Romania:

street name on a street wall in Bucharest
Do you want to learn more? You can check out our comprehensive lesson on asking directions in Romanian.

How to count in Romanian?

English Romanian
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1 one
(referring to a masculine noun)

Unu

/'u.nu/

2 two
(referring to a masculine noun)

Doi

/doj/

3 three

Trei

/trej/

Do you want to learn how to count to 10 in Romanian? Please consult our Romanian numbers lessons.

Romanian colors

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      red

roșu

/'ro.ʃu/
      green

verde

/'ver.de/
      blue

albastru

/al'bas.tru/
Do you want to learn all the other Romanian colors? Please consult our Romanian colors lessons.

Simple Romanian questions and answers

English Romanian
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When?

Când

/kɨnd/

Now

Acum

/a'kum/

Yesterday

Ieri

/jerʲ/

Tomorrow

Mâine

/ˈmɨj.ne/

What

Ce

/t͡ʃe/

Who

Cine

/'t͡ʃi.ne/

How

Cum

/kum/

How to ask why in Romanian?

De ce?

/de ↗'t͡ʃe/

Where

Unde

/↗'un↘de/

How many or How much

Cât

/kɨt/
Do you want to learn all the ways of asking a question in Romanian as well as practicing it by doing some exercises? Please check out our Romanian Grammar lesson on How to ask a question in Romanian

Shopping in Romanian

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This one (referring to a feminine noun)

Aceasta

/a't͡ʃe̯as.ta/

That one (referring to a feminine noun)

Aceea

/a't͡ʃe.e̯a/

How much is this?

You are literally asking: How much does this cost?

Cât costă asta?

/↗kɨt ↘'kos.tə 'as.ta/

Twenty lei
"lei" is the plural for the Romanian currency

Douăzeci de lei

/do.wə'zet͡ʃʲ de leʲ/

Romanian phrases and vocabulary for emergency situations, Romanian survival phrases

English Romanian
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Help!

Ajutor!

/a.ʒu'tor/

Can you please help me?

This formal polite question can be used in normal situations as well, including other than emergencies such as shopping.

Puteţi să mă ajutaţi vă rog?

/pu'tet͡sʲ sə mə a.ʒu'taʦʲ və ↗rog/

Ambulance

Ambulanţă

/am.bu'lan.t͡sə/

Leave me alone

Lasă-mă în pace

/'la.sə.mə ɨn 'pa.t͡ʃe/

Hospital

Spital

/spi'tal/

Police

Poliţia

/po'li.t͡si.a/

Has something happened?

You are indirectly asking Are you ok?

S-a întâmplat ceva?

/sa ɨn.tɨm'plat t͡ʃe↗'va/

I'm ok

Sunt bine

/sunt 'bi.ne/

I'm sick

Sunt bolnav

/sunt bol'nav/

Hotel

Hotel

/ho'tel/

Taxi or Cab

Taxi

/tak'si/
To learn how to say: "Where is the hospital" or "Where is a nearby drugstore / chemist's shop / pharmacy" please visit our lesson on asking directions in Romanian.

Romanian love - Opening lines, Compliments, Feelings

English Romanian
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Can I buy you a drink? (you can address both a man and a woman like this)

Pot să-ți cumpăr ceva deut?

/pot sət͡sʲ 'kum.pər t͡ʃe'va de bə'ut/

You look great

Arăţi superb

/a'rət͡sʲ su'perb/

You have beautiful eyes

Ai ochi frumoşi

/aj okʲ fru'moʃʲ/

I love you

Te iubesc

/te ju'besk/

I fell in love with you

M-am îndrăgostit de tine

/mam ɨn.drə.gos'tit de 'ti.ne/
Are you romantically involved with a Romanian? Then we recommend that you have a look at our comprehensive Romanian Love Phrases lesson.

Romanian food and drinks (including Restaurant vocabulary)

English Romanian
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Enjoy your meal, Have a nice meal,  Bon appétit

Poftă bună

/'pof.tə bu.nə/

cheers (as in English, "noroc" can be used for a toast, or for saying hi or goodbye)

noroc

/no'rok/

Hello, I would like to book a table.

Bună ziua, aş dori să fac o rezervare.

/'bunə 'zi.wa aʃ do'ri sə fak o re.zer'va.re/

still water, flat water

apă pla

/apə 'pla.tə/

I would like "sarmale" with "mămăliguţă".

Sarmale is a cabbage (sometimes grape) leaves rolled around a minced meat and rice filling.

"Mămăliguţă" which is the same as "Mămăligă" is a yellow maize flour porridge.

Aş dori sarmale cu mămăliguţă.

/aʃ do'ri sar'ma.le ku mə.mə.li'gu.t͡sə/

fork

furculiță

/fur.ku'li.t͡sə/

spoon

lingură

/lin.gu.rə/

knife

cuţit

/ku't͡sit/
We have written several comprehensive lessons on how to book a table in a Romanian restaurant, how to order, Romanian dishes, drinks, tableware. The starting point to these series of lessons is in our level A1 the lesson Romanian restaurant

Various other Romanian phrases and useful words

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I like ...

Îmi place

/ɨmʲ 'pla.t͡ʃe/

I don't like...

Nu îmi place

/nu ɨmʲ 'pla.t͡ʃe/

I want ...

Eu vreau

/jew vre̯aw/

I don't want...

Eu nu vreau

/jew nu vre̯aw/

I'm hungry

Mi-e foame
 

/mje 'fo̯a.me/

I'm thirsty

Mi-e sete

/mje 'se.te/

(I/you/he/she/ we/you/they) have to or (I/you/he/she/ we/you/they) must

Trebuie

/'tre.bu.je/

I'm warm/hot

Mi-e cald

/mje cald/

I feel cold

Mi-e frig

/mje frig/

I do not feel well. The literal translation is: I feel bad.

Mi-e rău

/mje rəw/

I have to go

Trebuie să plec

/'tre.bu.je sə plek/

Mine (possession) referring to one feminine object

A mea

/a me̯a/

Mine (possession) referring to one masculine object

Al meu

/al 'mew/

May I smoke?

Pot să fumez?

/pot sə fu↗'mez/

May I... or Am I allowed to... (this is followed by a verb such as "fumez" - see above)

Îmi daţi voie să...?

/ɨmʲ dat͡sʲ 'vo.je sə ↗/
At this stage you do not need to worry about feminine or masculine nouns, just learn both ways of saying mine: "a mea" and "al meu".

Difficulties with Romanian pronunciation?

Check out our Romanian pronunciation lessons where we explain how to pronounce each Romanian sound.

Romanian vocabulary exercises

Here is a set of questions which will help you to remember the above useful Romanian words and phrases. The purpose of these exercises is to practice rather than test your knowledge. You can practice and repeat the questions as many times as you like. Just read the question and choose the answer. Only if your answer is correct the button "Next" will appear and you can go to the next question.
This is a new feature on our website, we would appreciate your feedback (via a comment at the bottom of this page) especially if you find something that does not work properly.

Romanian Exercises: Essential Romanian words and phrases

Question 1 / 107

You need to choose the correct answer to get to the next question

What is the correct translation for:

You (polite and respectful form)




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Just fill in the form at the bottom of this page to post your questions/comments/requests for further clarifications, or let us know if you find mistakes, we'll be happy to correct them.

76 comments

Hi,

Thank you very much for this list of very useful Romanian words. I was wondering whether you could add a few more words with their pronunciation. I'm interested in:
I'm hungry
I'm thirsty
I have to go
I'm fine

Great website,
Toby

Hi Toby,

Happy to hear that you like our Romanian language website. We'll do our best to improve it and more and more resources.

We'll add the words you mentioned above, please bear with us a few more days the time to record and process the audio samples.

We've added all the requested phrases. Enjoy listening to their pronunciation!

Hey im wondering what ppl say back when you ask or say things like good morning or where is the closest atm machine

Hi Bernard,

It's a good question.
In English when one greets by saying "Good morning", the other person answers back: "Good morning".
It’s the same in Romanian. If you say “Bună dimineața” a Romanian would reply simply by saying the same thing: “Bună dimineața”. It’s the same for “Bună ziua”, “Bună seara”, “La revedere”.
For the second part of your question: the answer to the question “Where is an nearby ATM” is detailed in the A1.4 Romanian class - How to understand directions in Romanian.

I hope this answers your question. If you meant something else please let me know.

i love romanien very much..

Very good website. Nice to be able to hear words and not just read them. Having fun learning before we head to Romania.

Thank you Dianne for your kind words. We hope that you will enjoy your time in Romania.

Besides the lessons of this level (A1), you will find in level A2 - Elementary Romanian some guidance on how to find your way on the streets of Romania.

If you need any help with the Romanian language or some advice over Romania just let us know.

thank you for this lesson ,,,,,,excellent stuff,,,,,,,mul.tsu mesk

Cu plãcere (you're welcome)

Guys, thanks for this website. It's very convenient to study Romanian this way. If you can add more videos with subtitles, it would be even better.

I have a Moldovan friend and I wanted to speak to him on his native language to surprise him. This website really helps me a lot!

We have been invited to some Romanian friends today and they speak English a little so I wanted to learn a little Romanian. Thank you, great site.

This is very helpful. I work in school in UK and we have a new little boy from Romania who has no English. This will help me to communicate with him so he feels happier. Thank you.

i have learnt a lot through this web thanks a lot plz can we have more lessons thanks again

plz add more lessons its so useful as it also teach us how to pronounce the words thanks

I'm very pleased with this website. I'm Belgium with a Romanian boyfriend and this is an excellent way to teach how to speak.
Thank you so much!!!

Really like the ease of your website. The phonetics help to quickly learn the basics; although one translation I was unable to find was how to ask a Romanian person their first name. Thanks, Prudence

In a purely informal manner one would ask: "Cum te cheamă" (What's your name?)
If you want to ask only for their first name the Romanian translation is: "Care este prenumele tău?" but this is a less common question.
In case you would like to use a more polite and formal way of addressing someone you would have to ask:"Care este prenumele dumneavoastră?"

Even though in Romanian, grammar wise, it makes a difference whether you are addressing a man or a woman, the above cases can be used in both cases.

These are good questions that we'll add to the Lessons A1.3 "Introductions in Romanian" with the usual free audio/pronunciation and phonetic transcription.

How would you ask someone for water politely without it sounding like begging or demanding like "give me water!"as Google roughly gives it
Is the "may I have....." usage more appropriate. Why does the usage of please then change from Vâ rog to Vâ rugâm; please explain.

Hi Pam,

You could ask for water the following way:
"Nu vă supăraţi, aveți cumva un pahar cu apă?" which is translated into English as: "Excuse me, do you happen to have a glass of water?"
You can hear some of the above words in our lesson on asking for directions

I couldn't get whether your second part of your question with "Vă rog" "Vă rugăm" (just as a side note it is not "Vâ rugâm" , it is "Vă rugăm")

"Vă rog" is translated as: "I'm asking you kindly" whereas "Vă rugăm" is translated as "We are asking you kindly" as in the following example:
1) Vă rog să aduceți cartea inapoi - I'm asking you kindly to bring back the book
2) Vă rugăm să aduceți cartea inapoi - We are asking you kindly to bring back the book

Please let me know whether you need further clarifications.

Bună, Thanks so much for these lessons, I have been learning Românește for 3 years now, but no one has ever been able to teach how to say the exact time.. for example in English, we would say "it's 21 minutes after 10 (10:21) or just 10:21, or 21 after 10...anyway, " ce oră este? " is about the extent of what I know but this is only " what is the hour? " I would really appreciate if you could clear this up and give a few examples... Thanks

Hi Jack,
To say in Romanian 10:21 or 21 minutes past 10 you should say:"Zece si douăzeci și unu de minute"

In English one would say "5 (minutes) past 7 (hours)". In Romanian we say "(Ora) șapte și cinci (minute), thus if you know how to count in Romanian to 60 and you also know how to say "and" (și) then you can tell the time in Romanian.

The second way of telling time in English is "10 (minutes) to 8 (hours)" that gets translated in Romanian as :"(Ora) opt fără zece (minute)"

We already have a lesson planned and recorded on telling time in Romanian, I'll try to prioritize it so that you can get more examples including the usual free audio.
I assume you already know how to count in Romanian until 10, or if you would like just to remind yourself you can check out our lesson on Romanian numbers at the end of this Romanian level (A0) or directly at www.learnro.com/romanian-numbers

All the best

Bine

What is Romanian for " we love you"

In English "you" can mean one person or a group of persons.
If you want to say "We love you" where "you" refers to one person then you should say: "Noi te iubim".
If you refer to more than one person that you love, then you should say: "Noi vă iubim"

In colloquial Romanian most of the time the subject in this case "Noi" can be left out without any problem.

You can also check our detailed lesson on Romanian love at:
www.learnro.com/romanian-love

I hope this answers your question.

salute
de ce aceasta program pot scrie in romana pentru tine

hello
thanks
because of this program I can write for you in romainian

I would like to say Happy Birthday in Romanian.
This is needed for a survivor of the Bucharest night club tragedy where 64 people died & many were injured.
He was transferred to an English hospital for specialist burns treatment. And it is his birthday.
I am a nurse on the unit where he's receiving treatment & would like to surprise him!
I think this phrase might be useful to others too.

Thank you Andrea
The tragedy from the “Colectiv” Bucharest night club is one of the worst post-communist Romania has seen.
It is very thoughtful and empathetic of you to consider saying Happy Birthday in Romanian. I have added the translation at the end of the greetings section: “La Mulți Ani” with the usual pronunciation.
Here is the exact link
http://www.learnro.com/common-romanian-words#greetings
I’m deeply sorry for having seen your message this late, I did not feel well either lately, now I’m a bit better…

Thank you for your reply & kind words. I was in a rush to send the greeting so found the pronunciation on YouTube. I recorded my words in a (recordable) birthday card. It was very well received & caused a little laughter et my pronunciation!
Best wishes & thank you again! Andrea

I would like to learn the language as soon as possible

Hi Carmen and welcome,

To answer your question, in Romanian we say "Te iubesc" for I love you.
You can find this and many other expressions and love related Romanian terms in our lessons of level A1 at:
www.learnro.com/romanian-love

Please check out all our other lessons in our two levels of Romanian language A0 and A1 at:
www.learnro.com/romanian-lessons

a great little site (love the use of IPA)
Phrases for writing a letter would be useful ;)

I appreciate your kind words. I was hesitating on the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), for the ones that do not know IPA this is the column most to the right in the above tables, the one with the funny characters, which involves quite some work, but now I'm reassured that there are persons that actually appreciate it.

For the letter writing part, I assume you mean a formal letter right? such as: I undersigned declare having...
Could you please clarify a bit what you meant.

Thank you

i have been looking fo some Romanin sources in the net for a while. This is the best website i have ever seen indeed. İt helped me so much. Thank you.. One reccomendation only : Maybe some more conversation video about related grammer lesson would be nice.

Thank you muat, you are very polite, the Grammar section is suffering a lot, is quite underdeveloped, it's just a matter of priorities, I'm very much willing to help, but my free time to work on the website is unfortunatelly quite limited, so I'm doing my best and will continue to do so, and definitely the Grammar section must be improved.

I'm working now on a lesson on how to order in a Restaurant, including Romanian food, Romanian wine, Romanian beer... As soon as I will be done with that I'll move on to the Romanian Grammar and Pronunciation sections.

The easiest to know when I'll finish another lesson is via our facebook page and on the homepage www.learnro.com

Many thanks for your understanding

Hey, I really just want to let you know this website has been so helpful! I am going to Romania soon and am spending hours a day on this site. By far the most useful I have come across.

I have only been on this site for a little but I am thoroughly impressed with the instruction and layout. It's very easy to use and I love that you take the time to answer all the questions in the comments section. Thank you and well done!

I help look after some boys in Romania who are grown but used to be orphans. Can we have more phrases such as can you help me with dishes? Or can I help you with.....
Also words for bread milk cheese meat knives forks spoons.
I made them a gym with weights on their complex so need to ask how their gym training is going.
Thanks a lot. Great website

Dear Helen,

First of all allow me to express my admiration to the work you are doing and the support and help you bring to those boys.

Incidentally the recordings for the lesson on Romanian food is already available, so I could start working on adding them to the website together with the usual translation and explanations. I'll do my best to add a few words already this weekend and then progress asap with adding the rest. The lesson is comprehensive and you will find there many Romanian expressions and words related to eating including name of dishes, fork, knife, salt...

All the Romanian food online lesson will be present in the A1 level course: http://www.learnro.com/elementary-romanian
The particular lesson on food is now located at: http://www.learnro.com/romanian-restaurant (even though it is meant for eating out, you can find many words which can be used for eating anywhere :) . I'll complete that lesson asap with more expressions.

Regards

For the gym training, I do not have a recording yet, but could you precise which is the question to be translated in Romanian? "How is it going with your gym training?"
If this is the question, then the Romanian translation is: "Cum mai merge cu antrenamentul la sală?" /kum maj 'mer.d͡ʒe ku an.tre.na'men.tul la 'sa.lə/ This is a colloquial way of asking.
"sală" is the usual abbreviation used for "sală de fortă" or "sală de gimnastică".

The words "cum" and "mai" are present on this page above.
The verb "merge" is present with the usual free audio in the lesson with the conjugation of the verb to go in the level A1 at:
http://www.learnro.com/verb-to-go-conjugated-romanian

If you have other questions in mind just let me know.

Hi,

I just wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten about your request, on the contrary I'm adding every day more Romanian food and drinks phrases.
I've managed to crop a good lesson, even though there is still much more to be added (I'll do my best to add them fast).
Here is the Romanian vocabulary lesson that I have prepared:
http://www.learnro.com/romanian-food-drink

I have also managed to finalize the lesson on the Ordering at a restaurant, which is less relevant in your case, however there are a few Romanian terms and words that can be used in a non restaurant environment (such as eating at home):
http://www.learnro.com/order-food-romanian

I hope it will help you, and I'll do my best to finish asap the rest of the above lessons.

Thank you for this useful page, it is being really helpful for me. Maybe you could make some adjustments on mobile version, cause I have to screen the page in horizontal mode and it is hard to change mood in all app changes.

Thank you Zeynep for your appreciation as well as for letting me know that there is something wrong / or there is room for improvement with the mobile version. The way the website is rendered on mobile phones is very important, thus I would appreciate it if you could be more specific on what exactly should be improved. In horizontal mode , what I call landscape mode, on iPhone 5, 6 and Galaxy S3,5 and 6, the website looks ok, but maybe I'm missing something.

I'll be happy to look into it if you could help me better understand the issue you are facing. Could you also mention your phone model? If you find this information too personal to publish it as a comment here, please feel free to use the contact page at www.learnro.com/contact to drop me a private message.

All the best

This is a very helpful site to learn a new language. I require these Romanian language basics as I have a couple of Romanian colleagues. Also my wife and I shall be travelling to Bucharest soon. Thank you.

"Hristos a înviat" means "Christ is resurrected", and "Christ is risen" is "Hristos s-a înălțat" which is said after 40 days from the Easter

Thank you, this is a very good question that I spotted when I translated "Hristos a înviat" which is translated literally as you rightfully pointed out as "Christ is resurrected".
And the Romanian orthodox church celebrates 40 days after Easter "Înălțarea" when Christ has risen to heaven.

The reason why I have chosen to translate "Hristos a înviat" as "Christ is risen" is mainly because I believe that the "Christ is risen" is used for Easter by English speakers rather than 40 days after. I'm not sure of this though.
Another element supporting my theory is that in Romanian we reply "Adevărat a înviat" which is literally translated as "Trully/Indeed is resurrected" and not "Christ is risen" as I have translated it above in the page. However I'm convinced that no English speaker will say "Trully/Indeed is resurrected" and instead will say on Easter day "Trully he is risen".

I will add though above in the page that "Hristos a înviat" is literally translated as "Christ is resurrected".

One more time thank you for pointing out this nuance in the translation of Romanian religious sayings.

It would be interesting to hear the views of native English speakers on this Romanian Paschal greetings nuance.

I am native English-speaking (American), and I grew up knowing two greetings for Easter. I was taught that these were (translated from Greek) greetings from the days soon after Christ arose. The first person would say "Christ is risen" and the second person would answer "He is risen indeed." We are speaking of His rising from the grave (resurrection), not His ascension, when saying this at Easter. So I understand this construction answering, "He is risen indeed" is the same idea as "Adevărat a înviat": Indeed, [He] is risen [meaning, risen from the grave]. We commonly use this greeting "Christ is risen" and response "He is risen indeed" at church on Easter Sunday.

Thank you very much Virginia for confirming that "Christ is risen" is mainly used in the United States.

Until the next Easter I wish you a lovely summer break! :)

Happy to help!

this is very good for people like me that are teaching their self languages.

can you add
i am happy to be here
i want more please
is there a phone nearby

Hi,
Thank you for the request, I'm happy to help you.

The requested translations are:
1. Mă bucur să fiu aici (literal translation: I'm glad to be here). I have found this sentence interesting, thus I've added it with the audio in the lesson on Introductions in Romanian available at: http://www.learnro.com/introductions-romanian
2. "I want more, please" can be translated in two ways:
2.a "Mai vreau, te rog". You are literally saying Still want, please ("te rog" is informal)
2.b "Vreau mai mult, vă rog". You are literally saying [I] want more, please, where "vă rog" is a formal way of saying "please"
Please find the audio and the translation in our dedicated page English Romanian Translations as translations 1 and 2 at: http://www.learnro.com/english-romanian-translation

3.Is there a phone nearby, is translated in Romanian by: "[Unde] este un telefon prin apropiere". I haven't had the time yet to work on the audio file for this translation. I'll try to add it asap

I hope it helps

Buna ziua!

Puteti adauga: "Casa de Piatra!" si "Sa fie intr-un ceas bun!"?

Multumesc.

Bună ziua
Mulțumesc pentru sugestie! Este bine-venită.

I have added both translations in the Greetings section above.

Enjoy your beautiful moments with your loved ones (wedding, birth...)!

Va multumesc frumos!

I knew Romanian is a romance like my own, Portuguese. I never realized it was so similar....
Cânt costa asta? /Quanto custa isto?
Gosh!

Yes, it's amazing how much they resemble. All Latin languages have a common root, and then there were other influences.

I do not know whether you've noticed that we have started translating the website in Portuguese, so you can read it in your native language, for example here:
www.learnro.com/pt-br/palavras-basicas-romeno

José, obrigado por suas palavras. Temos nos empenhado para disponibilizar o maior número de conteúdos em português. Como desenvolvemos um trabalho totalmente voluntário e sem custo para os usuários, pode ser que demoremos um pouquinho nesse esforço. Mas palavras como as suas nos motivam a continuar e a melhorar. Obrigado!

Hi,
Thank you for your work and this cool website.

I was wondering whether "Servus" is rather slang or not.
I've heard two Romanian youngster saying it.

Hi,"Servus" is used instead of "Hi" in Transylvania, thus this is why you do not hear it that frequently where you are living (most probably you are not living in Transylvania).I'll add it in the list wiuth it's audio prounciation to allow others to easily recognize it.Happy to help

Hi,

I got a present from my father in law a bottle of Romanian wine. Is this a good wine or just an ordinary Romanian wine?

Thanks

Hi Carol,

Fetească regală is a good wine variety. There are good and bad Fetească regală wines.

Without pretending to be an expert, just let me know the wineyard/winery and the year and I'll try to provide an opinion. I assume that in any case it would be better then your current knowledge on the subject.

We are also preparing a lesson on Romanian wines, but at the moment it is work in progress. You can have a look at: Romanian wine. You will also find there some explanation on the local Romanian grapewine varieties, and hopefully in the future a bit more on Romanian wines.

In any case I hope you will enjoy your Romanian wine, as it was most probably given to you with a lot of love.

need to have the word for rest room, or lady's room or bathroom or watever it is called there.

Hi Roe,

The translation for restroom, lady's room, bathroom is "toaletă".

In the lesson above you can find the pronunciation of the question: "Unde este toaleta?" which means, Where is the restroom/bathroom/toilet?

Bathroom is translated actually as "baie" but in colloquial Romanian it is often used instead of restroom/toilet.

If you have more questions just let me know

Salut, I was wondering how do you say different temperatures, like hot or cold? the context that I'm using it in would be 'Man his hands are freezing'

Please and thank you

Hi Carol,
Thank you for the question.

"warm" is translated as "cald" in Romanian.
"very warm" - "foarte cald"
"hot" - "fierbinte" (this is the translation you were looking for)
I have added in the section Various other Romanian phrases and useful words the sentence "Mi-e cald" which is translated into Romanian as "I feel warm/hot".
I do not have a translation readily available for "fierbinte", but in the lesson on the Romanian love phrases you will find the translation of "You have hot lips" (Ai buze fierbinți)

"Cold" - has two translations: the most common one is "rece". In English one would say: "This water is too cold". This sentence is translated as "Apa asta e prea rece"
However the correct Romanian translation for "I'm cold" is "Mi-e frig". Thus the second translation for "cold" is "frig". Both "rece" and "frig" can be used to describe the weather, with "frig" being perceived as colder than "rece". When one would talk about the way he/she feels, you should say "Mi-e frig" rather than "Mi-e rece" which is less common.
I have added "Mi-e frig" in the above lesson, together with its audio pronunciation.

With regards to the second part of your question the translation of "Man his hands are freezing" is "Omule, i-au inghețat mâinile".
Two remarks on this translation. In Romanian we use less frequently omule (man) as compared to English. One would skip "Omule" and say the rest. I would add "Omule" only if I would shout at somebody to draw his immediate attention about something important.
The second remark is on the tense of the verb. You've used present continuous, I used a past tense. If I would translate it as "îi îngheață mâinile" would sound a bit strange that his hands are freezing in this very moment.

If you need the pronunciation I could try to get the recording organized and then post it . Just let me know.

Happy to help

Hi,

With the Easter approaching, I'd like to send an message to my parents in law. I'd like to say something that sounds more Romanian than translated from a foreign language?
What would be an usual Romanian Easter message?

Thank you

Hi Bob,

It's nice of you to want to write/talk to your in-laws on Easter.

To answer your question: it depends how religious they are.
If they are not so much religious, a message should contain a reference to "the light", such as:
"Fie ca lumina Paștelui să vă umple casa şi să vă aducă numai armonie, fericire şi multă iubire.Hristos a înviat!"

If they are more religious then you should refer to Jesus or God:
"Hristos a înviat! Sărbătoarea Învierii Domnului binecuvântată de lumina sfântă să vă aducă sentimente calde, bogăţie sufletească şi bunăstare.Un Paşte fericit alături de cei dragi!"

If you will talk to them just listen carefully (see the above Greetings section in this lesson) to the pronunciation of the usual simple Easter greetings: "Hristos a înviat" and the usual answer "Adevărat a înviat".

Happy to help

Thanks, I used it and they were really happy. Thank you very much.
I did not know exactly what it meant :) as I wanted to surprise my wife as well.

Happy Easter!

Hi there
What an amazing resource you have provided to us for free - thank you.
I am looking to go and work in Romania in a couple of years and would like to lean the language in order to do this. The job i will be doing doesn't require me to be Romanian speaking but I would like to learn nonetheless.I will be working with young people who are homeless and/or affected by substance misuse and also gender based violence. Could you give me some words please that I could use when specifically speaking to young people.
Thank you again so much .

Sara

Hi Sara,
And even though you haven't arrived yet, a warm welcome to Romania! I appreciate your commitment to such a noble cause.
I'm happy that you find the Romanian lessons useful.

I'm working now on a lesson on colloquial Romanian with a lot of street language.It will be based on several videos. It's 80% done. I was planning to translate it in French and Dutch before releasing it. I will accelerate my plans and release it in English first.

However if you need specific words/expressions for your work, I can look up the most common slang used by addicts or users of substances, victims of violence, and create a dedicated lesson for that purpose. The lesson that I'm working on is very useful for the street language used by the youngsters, but it's a general colloquial Romanian one. Just let me know if you would need a specific one for your needs.
As an example in Romanian you have the expression "copii străzii" which is literally translated as "the kids of the street" but it means the homeless kids on the streets.

Happy to help

I just found your website, and I've been looking for some way to learn Romanian. I married a Romanian and live in Brasov but have not been able to pick up the language as fast as I wished. So glad you put so much effort into it, please know it's appreciated.

Thank you Lauren,
I'm happy you like the website. I'm doing my best to add new content. I have just added new lessons as well as specialized exercises for the Romanian vowels pronunciation at:
http://www.learnro.com/romanian-vowels-pronunciation-together

I'll do my best to add more content.

Happy to help

my primary doctor is Romanian her 6 yrs old son won't learn but they are fluent at home, her English very good. i wish to show her appreciation by learning Romanian as best i can. you have helped me to start. thank you.

Hi,
I like to be able to say at least a few words in many languages, even though I'm not fluent: I know how to say how are you, fine thank you, Good morning, thank you...
In all cases the persons that I'm talking to have appreciated the effort, despite my imperfect pronunciation.

I'm happy that learnro.com could be of help

that's it. I only wanted to say this is great. I love it. I have been learning at another online site but this is so much better. Multumesc.

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