A0.1 Common Romanian words and basic phrases
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- Essential Romanian words and phrases (Yes, No, Thank you, Please)
- Romanian greetings (Hello, How are you?, Good morning)
- Introductions in Romanian (My name is...)
- I come from United States, and 20 other countries including
- Finding your way in Romanian (Where is the metro station?)
- How to count (1 one, 2 two...)
- How to say the colors ( red, green...)
- Simple Romanian questions and answers (Where, When, tomorrow)
- Shopping in Romanian (How much is this?)..
- How to handle emergency situations in Romanian (Help, Ambulance, Police)
- Romanian love phrases (e.g. I love you, You look great)
- Romanian food (e.g. flat water,cheese, eggs. fork, I would like to book a table)
- Other words (e.g. I like, I'm hungry)
- To practice just use the Start Learning exercices at the bottom of each group of words.
In this lesson you will be able to easily (one click) hear and learn very many free examples of:
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.
Most frequently used Romanian words: Yes, No, And, I, You
How to say "Thank you" and "You're welcome" in Romanian
Thank you very much
Literally: Thank you beautifuly/nicely/pretty
No, thank you
|/nu | mul.t͡su'mesk/|
Literally: with pleasure
You're literally saying For little
How to say "Please" and "Excuse-me" in Romanian
Literally: I seem/feel bad
Îmi pare rău
|/ɨmʲ 'pa.re rəw/|
Most common/easiest Romanian greetings
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
How to say "How are you?", "I'm fine" in Romanian
How are you? informally (colloquial Romanian)
|/↗ t͡ʃe ↘'fat͡ʃʲ/|
or very good
How to Introduce Yourself in Romanian
My name is Daniela Popescu
Literally: I'm named Daniela Popescu
This is more formal
Mă numesc Daniela Popescu
|/mə nu'mesk da.ni'e.la po'pes.ku|
My name is...
This is less formal than "Mă numesc"
Nice to meet you
Literally: Pleased of acquaintance
Încântat de cunoștință
|/ɨn.kɨn'tat de ku.noʃ.'tin.t͡sə/|
Nice to meet you
Încântată de cunoștință
|/ɨn.kɨn'ta.tə de ku.noʃ.'tin.t͡sə/|
Nice to meet you (informally)
You're literally saying "I seem/feel well/fine"
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?
|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)|
|I'm American (woman)|
|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
Where is the toilet?
Unde este toaleta?
|/↗'un↘de 'jes.te to.a'le.ta/|
Where is the metro 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 an ATM around here?
Unde este un bancomat prin apropiere?
|/↗'un↘de ↘'jes.te un ban.ko'mat 'prin a.pro.pi'e.re/|
Do you want to learn more? You can check out our comprehensive lesson on asking directions in Romanian.
How to count in Romanian?
Simple Romanian questions and answers
How to ask why in Romanian?
Shopping in Romanian
This one (referring to a feminine noun)
How much is this?
You are literally asking: How much does this cost?
Cât costă aceasta?
|/↗kɨt ↘'kos.tə a't͡ʃe̯as.ta/|
Douăzeci de lei
|/do.wə'zet͡ʃʲ de leʲ/|
Romanian love - Opening lines, Compliments, Feelings
Can I buy you something to drink?
Pot să-ți cumpăr ceva de băut?
|/pot sət͡sʲ 'kum.pər t͡ʃe'va de bə'ut/|
You look great
You have beautiful eyes
Ai ochi frumoși
|/aj okʲ fru'moʃʲ/|
I love you in Romanian
I fell in love with you
M-am îndrăgostit de tine
Romanian food and drinks (including Restaurant vocabulary)
Enjoy your meal
Literally: Appetite good
cheers (as in English, "noroc" can be used for a toast, or for saying hi or goodbye)
Hello, I would like to make a reservation
You are literally saying: Good day, I would like/wish/want to make a reservation
Bună ziua, aș dori să fac o rezervare.
|/'bunə 'zi.wa aʃ do'ri sə fak o re.zer'va.re/|
I would like stuffed cabbage rolls with porridge.
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.
Aș dori sarmale cu mămăliguță
|/aʃ do'ri sar'ma.le ku mə.mə.li'gu.t͡sə/|
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