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P3.3 How to pronounce combinations of Romanian vowels - Part 3

Romanian diphthongs vowels and semivowels

This is the third and last part of the Romanian vowels combined pronunciation lesson. We assume that you have already studied the part 1 and part 2

In this lesson you will learn how to pronounce:

How do you pronounce "oa" in Romanian?

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people/men/humans

oameni

/'o̯a.menj/

guest

oaspete

/'o̯as.pe.te/

How do you pronounce the diphthong "oi" together in one syllable in Romanian?

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two 2
(referring to a masculine noun)

Doi

/doj/

We

Noi

/noj/

back/backwards

înapoi

/ɨ.na'poj/

How do you pronounce the vowel o and the semivowel u "ou" together in Romanian?

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Egg

Ou

/ow/

New (applicable to Romanian masculine gender nouns)

Nou

/now/

Present

Cadou

/ka'dow/

Mackerel

Macrou

/ma'krow/

Ox

Bou

/bow/

How do you pronounce "u" and "a" together in Romanian?

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the couch

canapeaua

/ka.na'pe̯a.wa/

the day

ziua

/'zi.wa/

How do you pronounce "uă" vowels together in Romanian in the same syllable?

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two 2
 (referring to a feminine noun)

Do

/'do.wə/

9 nine

no

/'no.wə/

eggs

o

/o.wə/

How to pronounce the vowels "u" and "i" together in Romanian

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To whom or Whom ... to    or   Who... to

Cui

/kuj/

chicken (meat)

pui

/puj/

It is important to know that we presented above the pronunciation of two vowels in the same syllable (diphthong), which is quite common in Romanian. Nevertheless there are other Romanian words where the same combination of vowels results in the vowels being pronounced each one in their own syllable (hiatus) e.g. aer, real, cereale, fiul, familie, istorie, familia, istoria, etc.

Romanian Exercises: How do you pronounce "oa" in Romanian?

Question 1 / 34

Listen to the following word/expression.
Choose the word that you hear from the list below


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