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A0.5 How to make introductions in Romanian

Introductions in Romanian shake hand

Are you about to meet a Romanian? Do you want to introduce yourself to the Romanian ambassador in a formal manner, or informally to a Romanian on the street?

In this lesson you will learn:

1. Most easy way to introduce yourself in Romanian - Informal introductions

1. In the following short video you will hear and see how two Romanians are introducing themselves by simply saying their names. This is the simplest and least formal way of introducing yourself.

Here is the full transcript of the video:

  • - Salut, eu sunt Maria
  • - Eu sunt Ioana
  • - Îmi pare bine
  • - Și mie


1. Informal introductions - Video transcript

English Romanian
translation
Audio Phonetic
Transcription

Hi/Hello

Salut

/sa'lut/

I am Mary

Eu sunt Maria

/jew sunt maˈri.a/

I'm Joana

Eu sunt Ioana

/jew sunt iˈo̯a.na/

Nice to meet you (informally)

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

Îmi pare bine

/ɨmʲ 'pa.re 'bi.ne/

Me too

Șmie

/ʃi mˈi.e/

2. Other way of introducing yourself - a bit more formal

2. In this second video you will hear another way of introducing yourself, a bit more formal: "My name is..."

Here is the full transcript of this second video:

  • - Bună ziua, mă numesc Daniela Popescu
  • - Bună ziua, eu sunt Maria Ionescu
  • - Încântată de cunoștință
  • - De asemenea

2. A more formal way of introducing yourself - Video transcript

English Romanian
translation
Audio Phonetic
Transcription

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/

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

I'm Mary Ionescu

Eu sunt Maria Ionescu

/jew sunt ma'ri.a jo'nes.ku/

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

încântată de cunoștință

/ɨn.kɨn'ta.tə de ku.noʃ.'tin.t͡sə/

Likewise

De asemenea

/de a'se.me.ne̯a/

Popescu, Ionescu, Georgescu are very common Romanian last names. In Romania, it is very common that a woman will have the same last name as her husband, meaning that when they get married most Romanian women change their last name to the one of their husband. Thus all the members of the family usually have the same last name. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, and this is more a tradition, it is not legally compulsory.

3. How to say "Nice to meet you" in Romanian?

There are several ways of saying "Nice to meet you in Romanian". The "classical official way" is "Încântat(ă) de cunoștință".
Here are all the ways of saying it.

English Romanian
translation
Audio Phonetic
Transcription

Nice to meet you (informally)

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

Îmi pare bine

/ɨmʲ 'pa.re 'bi.ne/

Nice to meet you (informally). You are literally saying: "I seem / feel good to get to know you.

Îmi pare bine să te cunosc

/'ɨmʲ 'pa.re 'bi.ne sə te ku'nosk/

Nice to meet you This is a bit more formal than the wording above by using "vă" instead of "te". 

Îmi pare bine să vă cunosc

/'ɨmʲ 'pa.re 'bi.ne sə və ku'nosk/

I'm glad to be here

Mă bucur să fiu aici

/mə 'bu.kur sə fiw a'iʧʲ/

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

Încântat de cunoștință

/ɨn.kɨn'tat de ku.noʃ.'tin.t͡sə/

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

încântată de cunoștință

/ɨn.kɨn'ta.tə de ku.noʃ.'tin.t͡sə/

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4. Personal Titles in Romanian: Miss, Mrs., Ms

English Romanian
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Mrs Popescu ("Popescu" is a Romanian last name) 

Doamna Popescu

/'do̯am.na po'pes.ku/

Mr. Ionescu ("Ionescu" is a Romanian last name)

Domnul Ionescu

/'dom.nul jo'nes.ku/

Miss Popa ("Popa" is a last name)

Domnișoara Popa

/dom.ni'ʃo̯a.ra 'po.pa/

Dear Madam Petrescu ("Petrescu" is a last name)

Stimată Doamnă Petrescu

/sti'ma.tə 'do̯am.nə pe'tres.ku/

Dear Sir Sofronie ("Sofronie" is a last name)

Stimate Domn Sofronie

/sti'ma.te 'domn so'fro.ni.e/

5. More Romanian names examples

Now that you know how to introduce yourself both formally and informally in Romanian, we'd like to teach you some more Romanian names.
We have chosen below, intentionally, some Romanian first names that have no direct English equivalent, so that you get used to some of the pure Romanian first names.

English Romanian
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Audio Phonetic
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I am Bogdan Mateescu "Bogdan" is a Romanian first name (can only be given to a man) and "Mateescu" is the last name.

Eu sunt Bogdan Mateescu

/jew sunt bog'dan ma.te'es.ku/

I am Gheorghe "Gheorghe" is a first name (can only be given to a man).    

Eu sunt Gheorghe

/jew sunt ge̯or'ge/

My name is Marius (you're literally saying: "I'm called Marius") This is less formal. "Marius" is a male first name

Pe mine mă cheamă Marius

/pe 'mi.ne mə ke̯a.mə 'ma.rjus/

My name is Ioana (you're literally saying: "I'm called Ioana") This is less formal. "Ioana" is a female first name    

Pe mine mă cheamă Ioana

/pe 'mi.ne mə 'ke̯a.mə i'o̯a.na/

My name is Onofrei (this is the word for word translation of : My name is "Onofrei" where "Onofrei" is a last name

Numele meu este Onofrei

/'nu.me.le mew 'jes.te o.no'frej/

Good day, I am Mrs Iordan ("Iordan" is a Romanian family name)

Bună ziua eu sunt doamna Iordan

/'bu.nə zi.wa jew sunt 'do̯am.na jor'dan/

Good day, I am Mr Mihai Georgescu ("Mihai" is a Romanian male first name and Georgescu is a last name)

Bună ziua eu sunt domnul Mihai Georgescu

/'bu.nə zi.wa jew sunt 'dom.nul mi'haj d͡ʒe̯or'd͡ʒes.ku/

How to introduce other people in Romanian

English Romanian
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Audio Phonetic
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This is my wife

Aceasta este soția mea

/a'ʧe̯as.ta 'je.ste so'ʦi.a me̯a/

This is my husband

Acesta este soțul meu

/a'ʧe̯as.ta 'je.ste so'ʦul me̯w/

Romanian Exercises: 1. Informal introductions - Video transcript

Question 1 / 30

What is the correct translation for:

I am Mary


4 comments

I would be grateful if you would help me these. I thought I had asked you them before, but can't find where I did, sorsy if I did.

This is my wife, Sarah.
This is Sarah.
What is your name please?

Thanks you so much,

Roger

Hi,

I have added in the above lesson the translation with the audio pronunciation of "This is my wife". You will have to add the name of your wife at the end to reach: "Aceasta este soția mea Sarah".

"This is Sarah" is translated as "Ea e Sarah" which actually means "She is Sarah". For the pronunciation of "Ea e" please check our lesson on the conjugations of the verb "to be"

"What is your name please" is translated as: "Cum te cheamă?" (informally), "Cum vă cheamă?" (formally). I was planning to record(audio) this question and add it to the lesson. I hope I'll have the time to do it soon.

I'll reply asap to your question on the travelling in Romania below.
Happy to help

Admin edit: Comment moved to http://www.learnro.com/asking-directions - How to ask the way in Romanian
I have provided an answer there.

is was again very nice to learn this lesson. Very well done! Thank you very much

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